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William Safire

Support for Israel was one of the defining markers of Safire’s long career as a columnist. And that support was decidedly not the namby-pamby, on-one-hand-and-on-the-other-hand variety offered up by the timid spokesmen of organized American Jewry.

Responding to criticism of his close relationship with Ariel Sharon, for example, Safire once said, “I don’t feel the least bit ashamed or embarrassed about presenting [Sharon’s] views, because they are my views. Actually, mine are a little more hawkish.”


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Jason Maoz served as Senior Editor of The Jewish Press from 2001-2018. Presently he is Communications Coordinator at COJO Flatbush.