The 7 Questions Larry King Should Have Asked [5]

July 8th, 1996

Israel has a tradition that state visitors are taken to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial before they go anywhere else in the country. Before they speak to the assembled Knesset, before they visit the President’s official residence in Jerusalem, even before they get to unpack their bags in the King David Hotel, they pay homage to the six million Jews whose murder is permanently bound up with the creation of the state of Israel.
State visitors to the United States, on the other hand, are required, upon their arrival in the country, to report to the CNN studios in Washington for an appearance on “Larry King Live”. Because of the “special relationship” between Israel and America, our Prime Minister gets to make part of his state visit even before boarding Israel Air Force One; he paid a “virtual visit” to Larry King late last week.

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Bibi’s Iranian Strategy [4]

July 1st, 1996

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, Israeli strategists came up with a great way to “sell Israel” to the American government. The Soviet Union, they argued, was turning the Middle East into a battleground of the Cold War. (I should point out that this was actually true.) Israel was the only pro-Western democracy in the region, and would gladly turn itself into the fifty-first state if only the U.S. would provide nearly unlimited arms and money.

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The First 100 Hours: It Begins . . . [3]

June 24th, 1996

Bibi’s government has been with us now for 100 hours. If allowed to complete its term in office, we have another 35,000 hours to go. Here’s my list of disasters for the first hours; multiply this by 350 and you have an idea of what’s ahead:

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Surprise! [2]

June 17th, 1996

There’s a recurring theme in letters I get from friends who, like me, hoped that Bibi Netanyahu would never be Israel’s Prime Minister. Maybe he’ll surprise us, they tell me. Maybe he’ll “pull a Begin” and make peace with some hostile Arab neighbor. (CNN, which has apparently never heard of Prime Minister Menachem Begin, keeps asking interviewees if Netanyahu will “pull a Nixon.”) .
Let’s try to be realistic here. Of course Bibi is not going to do wonderful things. He is going to . . .

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Bibi’s New Government [1]

June 10th, 1996

By June 17th, we are promised, Israel is going to have a new government. That’s the day the Knesset meets for the first time since the elections. Bibi doesn’t have to put together a new government by that date — he has more than 6 weeks to do this — but he wants to hit the ground running.
Too bad.
When we look at the government that’s shaping up, we want to tell Bibi: take your time. No need to rush into things. This kind of government can wait.

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Israel: Where the Paranormal Is Normal

June 1st, 1996

This article appeared in Skeptical Briefs.

I should begin by saying that this has always been a land in which the paranormal is normal. According to all the religions which have blossomed here, throughout history miracles have taken place practically on a daily basis in the land of Israel. The dead have been revived, the sick have been cured spiritually, oceans have parted to make way for the good guys (and then drown the bad guys), water has turned into wine, stone into water, and so forth. On the very eve of the twenty-first century, I’m happy to report that nothing here has changed and miracle-making continues apace.

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Stalin’s Secret Wars in Norway

January 4th, 1996

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Jewish in the Nam

January 1st, 1996

The original text of an article I wrote which was later published in Vietnam Magazine.

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Selected reviews of the book

December 31st, 1993

The following are all the reviews of Saigon to Jerusalem which I know about. If anyone discovers other reviews, please pass them on to me. Thanks.
* Library Journal
* Vietnam Magazine
* The Jerusalem Post
* Northern California Jewish Bulletin
* VVA [Vietnam Veterans of America] Veteran
* AJL [Association of Jewish Libraries] Newsletter

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Speech to Jewish War Veterans of the USA Post 180, Jerusalem

May 31st, 1993

Memorial Day Luncheon, 31 May 1993
First, I want to thank you for inviting me to speak at the Jewish War Veterans Memorial Day luncheon. It is a great honor to have the opportunity to meet you, especially on this day.
Dan suggested that my topic be the question of what motivated me to write my book, Saigon to Jerusalem. But in thinking about that, I’m not sure that my motivation is really the most interesting thing I can talk about.
I will begin by saying a little bit about myself and my background. I’d like to speak also, in very general terms, about the book I wrote.
People often ask me how I came upon the idea of writing about Jewish Vietnam war veterans who came to Israel, so I’d like to comment on that as well.

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