Nixon: The Anti-Semitic Savior of Israel

Michael Medved

12/14/2010 12:22:14 PM - Michael Medved
Recently released White House tapes feature President Nixon making anti-Jewish comments, as when he told Charles Colson: “The Jews are just a very aggressive and abrasive and obnoxious personality.”

Actually, critics described Nixon himself in similar terms, and his newly revealed remarks re-enforce previously disclosed rants against Jews and other ethnic groups.

Ironically, though, no American did more to rescue the Jewish people when it counted most: after the 1973 Egyptian-Syrian surprise attack destroyed a third of Israel’s air force and killed the American equivalent of 200,000 Israelis, Nixon overruled his own Pentagon and ordered immediate re-supply. To this day, Israelis feel gratitude for this decisiveness that enabled the Jewish state to turn the tide of war.

Nixon’s hostile comments highlight the truth that great leadership requires guts to make statesmanlike decisions, not expression of pleasant, politically correct sentiments.