Letter to the editor,
Dave Schechter has a short memory; “Rethinking U.S. Aid To Israel.” In 1948 Israel defended itself primarily with weapons from Czechoslovakia. There was a United States boycott promoted by an antisemitic State Department. In June 1967 – when Egypt, Syria and Jordan came together to “drive the Jews into the sea,” the Israeli Air Force defended the Jews with French Mirages. Still the effects of the United States boycott. Times change, … for the Jews allies and alliances change. Those who appear to be friends of the Jews suddenly decide to embrace antisemitism. When it comes to Jewish self-defense – a foundational message of the Jewish Bible (there is no commandment against killing, only a commandment against murder) – one takes what one can get for as long as one can. History has proven that for the Jews there is no guarantee about tomorrow’s allies and tomorrow’s alliances.
Richard Sherman, Margate, Fla.