A long, long time ago, I saw a protest against Henry Kissinger. There was a sign that left an indelible impression on me. “In Egypt he is Kissinger, in Israel he is Killinger.”
Now I know why.
Gal Beckerman, a historian of the Soviet Jewry movement, told Tablet on Tuesday that this even led Kissinger to suppress a letter that might have helped salvage a deal with the Soviets to release Jews under the Jackson-Vanik stipulations.
Similar considerations led Kissinger to press Nixon during the 1973 Yom Kippur War to delay delivering arms to Israel by a few weeks. Their conversations at the time show Kissinger arguing that Anwar Sadat, Egyptâ€™s president, needed an unadulterated victory to make peace concessions. Nixon argued — correctly, as it turned out — that Sadat was already able to claim a victory, and that it was more important to stanch an allyâ€™s casualties in a war that would claim 3,000 Israeli lives.
Un-freaking-believable. Kissinger was willing to sacrifice Jewish lives to feed Anwar Sadat’s ego.
I would very much like to be able to throw him out of the tribe, but it looks like he’s already removed himself. And His Holiness feels he is utterly above apologies, and has nothing to apologize for. Eff you, Hank. Eff you.