76. Loan guarantees quote was off-base

Ed Krauss (April 15 letter [75]) should get his facts straight before writing. He started off by saying that "loans would indeed `ship money to Israel'; loan guarantees would not." In fact, only grants fit this description. History proves anyway that whatever Israel takes, in whatever form, it's always a grant.

Then he said that the quotation, "The chiefs of the Conference of Presidents of Jewish Organizations recently approached 20 Jewish billionaires in the U.S. ... asking them to guarantee Israeli loans. All the 20 ... flatly refused," didn't come from a September 25, 1991 article by Yigal Laviv in the Israeli daily, Hadashot, but from a "pro-Arab publication, the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs."

First, this publication is not pro-Arab, it is pro-American and its publishers are retired U.S. foreign service officers who know too well how Israel and its single-issue supporters subvert the American democratic process. Second, this story was indeed reported in the Washington Report(February issue p. 85), but neither Hadashot, nor the date, nor Yigal Laviv were mentioned, nor was there any quotation. [Mr. Krauss, however, didn't bother to check.] This quotation, in fact, came from another publication called, From the Hebrew Press, consisting of translations in English, by Dr. Israel Shahak of articles published in the Israeli Hebrew press.

[If Mr. Krauss, like me, doesn't read Hebrew and if he really wants to know what the American media carefully avoids to say about Israel, he should subscribe to it. A subscription to the Washington Reportwould not hurt either. Finally, he said that the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations denied the story. Let us be serious. Who in his right mind expects the presidents of Jewish organizations to confirm a story like that about Israel?]

May 29, 1992

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