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Letter: December 7 disgrace

Compiled by Vail Daily staff
Vail CO, Colorado

Friday, December 7, was the 66th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. December 7, 1941 was declared by President Roosevelt as “a date that will live in infamy” because the devastating attack on the United States launched by Imperial Japan on that day took place while “peace talks” with Japanese diplomats were underway in Washington.

Unfortunately Secretary Condoleezza Rice made a mockery of the infamy of that date when this past Friday, December 7, 2007, she launched her own sneak attack against the right of Jews to live and build in Jerusalem.

Secretary Rice, in comments to reporters after her meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in Brussels on Friday, said she brought up the issue of a recent tender to build some 307 units in the Har Homa neighborhood of Jerusalem. “I’ve made [it] very clear, about seeking clarification on precisely what this means,” Rice said. “I’ve made clear that we’re in a time when the goal is to build maximum confidence between the parties and this doesn’t help to build confidence.”

The president gave a letter to Prime Minister Sharon declaring his commitment that Israel will retain its major settlement blocks ” the largest of which are in and around Jerusalem ” in any future arrangement with the Palestinian Arabs.

I’m certain the letter was not just an insincere ploy to extract further concessions from Israel. But Secretary Rice’s attack on Jews living in the Har Homa neighborhood of Jerusalem is making a mockery of the letter to Prime Minister Sharon, and is every bit as treacherous and sneaky as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

She is using the cover of the letter, and the recent Annapolis meeting, to ambush the right of Jews to live freely under their own sovereignty in Jerusalem.

If Secretary Rice is allowed to strike against Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem without a public rebuke from President Bush, then December 7, 2007 will acquire its own sobriquet, that of a date that will live in disgrace. President Bush needs to publicly repudiate Secretary Rice’s attack on the Jewish right to live free and build in all of Jerusalem.

In fact, now would be the perfect opportunity for him to redeem his administration’s tattered reputation in the patriotic community by publicly declaring his support for Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Arthur Kittay


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