This is the Time to Act in the U.S.
Newspaper: Jewish Herald
subjects:Security - Army, Fundamentals of Israeli Security, Optional or Non-Optional War. Ideologies - Communism, Communists. Individuals - Henry Kissinger. Foreign Policy - Israel-U.S. Relationship. Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Palestinians. Peace , States - Soviet Union (Russia), USA. Human Rights - Vietnamese refugees
Begin describes the American spirit as crushed, defeated, and powerless after a visit in April 1975. He attributes this to the war in Vietnam and America's feeling of shame that comes with the inability to combat communism. Begin reveals that he was always skeptical of the Paris agreements, and to believe they would be effective in containing communism and preventing war would be cynical or naive. He argues that the spread of communism is just as much a blow to Israel as it is to all other nations. On American television, he explained to the public that the situations in the Middle East and South-East Asia are not comparable. Begin tells Americans that the Arab minority "enjoys cultural autonomy and the option to accept citizenship." He ends by stating that it would be an unwise choice for Kissinger to advise Ford to not supply Israel with arms. That would be a decision that would cause outrage amongst both Israelis and Americans.