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Menachem Begin

While the Obama Administration continues their pressure on Israel, for at least Vice President Joe Biden, it would not be the first time that there has been personal animosity with an Israeli leader. The reality is that while some of the names change, this conflict is about Israel’s refusal to surrender to a Palestinian Arab enemy who seeks to destroy them. The United States is wrong to pressure Israel – yet, this too shall pass.

History often repeats itself.

On June 22 1982, Joe Biden was a Senator from Delaware and confronted then Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin during his Senate Foreign Relations committee testimony, threatening to cut off aid to Israel. Begin forcefully responded, “Don’t threaten us with cutting off your aid. It will not work. I am not a Jew with trembling knees. I am a proud Jew with 3,700 years of civilized history. Nobody came to our aid when we were dying in the gas chambers and ovens. Nobody came to our aid when we were striving to create our country. We paid for it. We fought for it. We died for it. We will stand by our principles. We will defend them. And, when necessary, we will die for them again, with or without your aid.”


As media reports that the United States Government continues to pressure Israel, the reality is that America must respect the will of the Israeli public, whom overwhelmingly re-elected a Netanyahu government. As a senior Israeli elected official noted, “Settlement building will be one of the basic guidelines of the next government and just as I don’t interfere in America if they build in Florida or California, they don’t need to interfere in building in Judea or Samaria.”

Senator Biden reportedly banged the table with his fist, and Begin retorted, “This desk is designed for writing, not for fists. Don’t threaten us with slashing aid. Do you think that because the US lends us money it is entitled to impose on us what we must do? We are grateful for the assistance we have received, but we are not to be threatened. I am a proud Jew. Three thousand years of culture are behind me, and you will not frighten me with threats. Take note: we do not want a single soldier of yours to die for us.”

After the meeting, Sen. Moynihan approached Begin and praised him for his cutting reply. To which Begin answered with thanks, defining his stand against threats.

Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the leader of the Revisionist movement, which both Begin & Netanyahu emanate from noted in 1940 that, “We hold that Zionism is moral and just. And since it is moral and just, justice must be done, no matter whether Joseph or Simon or Ivan or Achmed agree with it or not.”

World leaders would be apt to remember these words and times.


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  1. So here’s the real breaking news. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gave a speech to the U.N. which exposes to the world the nefarious plot by Obama’s CIA to overthrow the legitimate government in Ukraine, plunging the country into chaos and causing many civilian deaths in Ukraine at the hands of fascist and Nazi elements. This in turn forced Russian military to rescue Russians in Crimea and East Ukraine from murdererous IlIgItImate militants enabled by Obamas CIA, which have been murdering Ukrainians. What was the motivation behind this act of war? Now the UN knows the truth.

  2. Isaiah 43:15: “I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator and King”…. Ezekiel 37:21: “Then say to them, Thus says the LORD GOD: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land”…

    The rising anti-Semitism in the world will lead us back to Israel> Hosea 11:10: “They will follow the LORD; he will roar like a lion. When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west”… From the West, from Europe and every part of western civilization, the Jews will migrate back to their land… Zechariah 12:2: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem”.

    The bad news for all you anti-Semites, is this> Zechariah 12:9: “On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem”… GOD is about to deal directly with the World and Judge it for what they have in mind for Israel. Get ready world, because the Pslams 83 War is starring the Muslims right in the face!!!! HE will show himself to the world very soon! ¡Víva Israel!!!!

  3. If people really believe that we have free elections and that our elections are democratic, people are dumber than I thought. Surely people can see that elections are all staged. Even the ones who are voted in, to lead, the parties are all picked by the Elite and if people cannot see that, then they truly are, ing retards.

  4. Obviously you are one of Putin’s “useful idiots.” Thats what he called thinking like that all the time he was a KGB agent under the Soviets. When did Putin ever renounce his former Marxist-Leninism? Never! So here you have a ruthless spy who has killed many and maimed many more and said they were unfortunate “accidents.” And of course anyone who swallows the cheap vodka of the KGB would never know Obama hates the CIA and the CIA hate Obama! And the spy Putin would call the Comrade Hussein Nixon a spy for CIA? mwhahahhahahah!!!!

  5. Jon Lucas, if American foreign policy is not based on what is best for Israel, why don’t they mind their Ian business and stop interfering in Israel’s internal affairs. American foreign policy stinks, giving Iran a clear path to build a nuclear bomb, which they will use against America first. How naive is American foreign policy to trust Iran. America is no longer a superpower, they cannot dictate to Israel or any other country. They should look after the American citizens who are in soup kitchens without pandering to terrorists and threatening a democratically elected PM Netanyahu.

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