David M. Weinberg (“In defense of Henry Kissinger,” Aug. 8) completely absolves Henry Kissinger for his long record of undermining Israel. This shameful record should disqualify him from the honor of appearing at Jewish communal events.
We know what happened on the eve of the Yom Kippur war, and the days to follow, from Walter Isaacson’s definitive biography, “Kissinger,” and other sources. On Yom Kippur morning, hours before the 1973 Arab invasion, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir was informed by her military intelligence officials that Egypt and Syria were massing their troops along Israel’s borders and would attack later that day. Kissinger successfully pressured Israel to not carry out a preemptive strike. As soon as the Arab nations attacked, the Israelis requested a United States airlift of military supplies. Kissinger stalled the arms for an entire brutal week. The secretary of state feared an Israeli victory “would cause Israel to strengthen its resolve not to make any territorial concessions in Sinai.” Isaacson wrote “Kissinger opposed giving (Israel) major support that could make its victory too one-sided. Kissinger told Defense Secretary James Schlesinger “The best result would be if Israel came out a little ahead but got bloodied in the process.”
A “little bloodied?” Try 2,656 dead Israeli soldiers. Kissinger is responsible for causing grave damage to Israel. He does not deserve to be a featured speaker at Jewish communal events.
Moshe Phillips, National Director
Herut North America, U.S. Division – The Jabotinsky Movement