Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Leaders Hear PM Sharon Speak in Wake of Attack

Just a few days after the cowardly terrorist attack on America, three leaders of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA joined a country-wide conference call with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The call, originally scheduled as a Rosh Hashana greeting/briefing to major US Jewish organizations, became instead a more important exchange of views on terrorism. Participating in the call for JWV were National Commander Bernard Becker, Past National Commander Robert Zweiman and National Executive Director Herb Rosenbleeth. According to NC Becker, the Prime Minister spoke at length of terrorism for the past 120 years in Israel. His grandparents, parents, Sharon himself and now his children have all lived with terrorism at some level, he said. PNC Zweiman commented " Washington is a very cosmopolitan area, as is my home area in New Jersey, and I run into many people who are from third world countries- people who are anti-Israel and perhaps even anti-Jewish; people who are to the left of center, who think they are helping the "underdog;" even Jews who are sympathetic to the Palestinians and think Arafat is a 'man of peace.'" On the call, the Prime Minister reportedly said that relations with the Bush administration are the best Israel has had with any American administration. Mr. Zweiman notes President Bush has said that for terrorism to be stopped strong action must be taken, the country must unite and it citizenry must come together. "Yet the US government wants Israel to make concessions for the benefit of the new anti-terrorist coalition," Zweiman said ,"Just like in the Persian Gulf War. They want Israel to accept terms that would make the Palestinians happy and want the Israelis to keep the level of violence down, as though they, rather than the Palestinians, kept staging attacks." According to Mr. Becker, that isn't going to happen. "Sharon said that he told President Bush that Israel would not accept this, that it would respond to terrorist attacks, and respond forcefully. He said he has called for cease-fires, ordered Israelis troops to stand down, only to see Palestinians killing innocent men, women and children. Israel won't pay for this coalition with Israeli blood." There are those who blame Israel for the terrorism in the US, the two JWV leaders acknowledge, but they say they see through the lie. They point out that across the Arab world, Islamic militants attack the West as their enemy. Whether there is an Israel or not, they say, the terrorism would go on. "In the early seventies, I was stationed with the US Army in Iran," Col. Rosenbleeth, JWV's National Executive Director, said. "President Nixon wanted the Shah as an ally, so we were there. Shortly after I was rotated out, the Shah fell and the Ayatollah sent the Americans packing, seized the American Embassy and made a terrorist state of Iran. And that had nothing to do with the Jews or with Israel."

JWV is dedicated to America's veterans. Through its hospital, rehabilitation and veterans' service programs, JWV assists the Veterans' Service Offices in major cities throughout the country. JWV supports the underprivileged, homeless, and handicapped of our nation through a variety of civic betterment projects, including low-cost, federally subsidized senior citizens housing. JWV also works to combat anti-Semitism and bigotry. JWV supports American youth through scouting, scholarships and anti-drug programs. The organization supports strong U.S.-Israeli relations by sponsoring two Allied Veterans' Missions to Israel each year. JWV is a familiar presence on Capitol Hill, providing its opinions on matters of National Defense and the Armed Forces.


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