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Date: Tue 30 Jul 2002
Subject: Support Israel: Why America Is Blessed
Content-Language: en
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Dear Sir:

I can think of many reasons why I am fortunate and priviledged to be an=20
American. But the following article by Dennis Prager has reinforced my=20
feeling that it is our belief in justice and fairness that is this country's=
real strength.

As long as our country stands for these ideals we will be blessed. Our=20
country's strong support of Israel from the founding of the modern state in=
1948 until today is a demonstration of these ideals.

One Jewish country in the midst of over 100 throughout the world; one Jewis=
country in the Middle East in the midst of over a dozen Arab/Moslem states;=20
one Jewish country in the midst of three Arab states in Palestine (yes :=20
Lebanon Syria and Jordan along with Israel were formed out of the Ottoman=20
province of Palestine).

Yet the Arabs and the majority of the world will not be satisfied until ther=
is no Jewish State.

I applaud your administration's continuing support of Israel in the face of=20
Arab and world criticism. Israel is one of the few countries in the world=20
that shares our values of justice and freedom.

As Mr. Prager states in his article "It is the United States that has sinc=
its inception most blessed the Jews and that does so almost alone today=20=
=E2=80=93 in=20
its support of the Jewish state against those who wish to exterminate it. By=
almost any reckoning America has been and remains the most blessed of=20

May our country continue to prosper; and if it is due to our treatment of=20
Jews and all of the world's minorities that is just a side benefit from our=
great heritage.

Respectfully yours

Dennis Prager

Those who curse the Jews and those who bless the Jews

July 30 2002
In 1973 during the Arab embargo on oil exports that followed the Yom Kippur=
War between Israel and Egypt many Americans had to deal with=20
embargo-induced hour-long lines at gas stations gas rationing and various=
setbacks to the economy. As a result some called for our abandonment of=20
Israel for the sake of oil.=20

Those voices were not heard among evangelical Christians.=20

In fact in a television broadcast from his church to his many followers=20
the Rev. Jerry Falwell said that he would sooner give up his car and ride a=
bicycle than yield to Arab blackmail. Citing Genesis (12:3) he explained=20
that God "will bless those who bless the Jews and curse whoever curses=20
the Jews."=20

I have since heard this over and over from lay Christians calling my radio=
show and from Christian leaders with whom I have shared platforms.=20

I heard this again this past weekend in Colorado Springs Colo. at the 25th=
Anniversary Celebration of Focus on the Family where I spoke to a few=20
thousand supporters of that influential evangelical organization. There are=
many reasons for the support of conservative Christians for Israel =E2=80=
=93 along=20
with social conservatives the only group giving such support =E2=80=93 bu=
t their=20
belief that God blesses those who bless the Jews and curses those who curse
the Jews plays a central role.=20

When I first heard this verse cited by the Rev. Falwell I certainly found=20
it encouraging to hear a major Christian figure say this to fellow =20
Christians. But perhaps because I had just completed graduate work in the=20
social sciences my rational faculties simply dismissed the idea as more=20
quaint than believable.=20

Over time however that quote stayed with me. Eight years later when=20
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and I wrote a book explaining anti-Semitism ("Why=20
the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism" Simon & Schuster) we noted this=20
verse. But now after seeing the resurgence of anti-Semitism in the Arab=20
and Muslim worlds and in Europe after being asked by the publisher to=20
write a new version of the book and after hearing Christians repeatedly=20
cite this verse I feel compelled to finally take a position: Is this=20
verse biblical poetry or verifiably true?=20

I am increasingly convinced that it is verifiably true.=20

I think of Spain for example. One of the world's mightiest powers and most=20
developed culturesmin the 15th century in 1492 it reached its zenith when=20
it sent Christopher Columbus on a voyage that changed history. But the=20
same year it also expelled all its Jews and intensified the Spanish =20
Inquisition against the many forced Jewish converts to Catholicism=20
(converses). Spain then descended into a 500-year status as "the sick man o=

I think of Germany (and Austria) as the cultural and intellectual center of=20
Europe if not the world before World War II. Then Germany (with Austrians'=
help) murdered nearly every Jew in Europe. Germany lost over seven million=20
people was divided for a generation and while it now thrives materially=20
culturally Germany has become irrelevant. Ask anyone even an intellectual=20
to name one living German.=20

And I think about the world today. Look at who most blesses the Jews and who=
most curses them and you decide whether the verse in Genesis has validity.=20

It is the United States that has since its inception most blessed the Jews=
and that does so almost alone today =E2=80=93 in its support of the Jewish s=
against those who wish to exterminate it. By almost any reckoning America=20
has been and remains the most blessed of countries.=20

And it is the Arab world that curses the Jews. It rivals Nazi Germany for th=
ubiquity and intensity of its Jew-hatred. Look at its state. According to=20
Arab scholars appointed by the United Nations to report on the state of Arab=
society that part of the world lags behind the rest of humanity including=
in most instances sub-Saharan Africa in virtually every social moral and=20
intellectual indicator. And there is no question but that its half-century=20
long preoccupation with destroying Israel has only increased the Arab world'=

No one can prove it is God who actively blesses those who bless the Jews an=
curses those who curse them. But at the same time the evidence historicall=
and this very moment suggests that there is indeed a real connection between=
the state of a society and its treatment of the Jews.

Dennis Prager one of America's most respected and popular nationally=20
syndicated radio talk-show hosts is the author of several books and a=20
frequent guest on television shows such as Larry King Live Politically=20
Incorrect The Late Late Show on CBS Rivera Live The Early Show on CBS Fo=
Family Network The O'Reilly Factor and Hannity & Colmes.

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