Monday, February 14, 2011

Stephen Yulish/Letter to editor: Netanyahu right leader at right time

( to the Editor):

To the editor:

"I personally met Benjamin Netanyahu in 1984 at a fundraising dinner. At the time, I was the Director of the Endowment Fund at the Phoenix Jewish Federation and he was Israel's ambassador to the United Nations. We were both young men at the time and we talked of his brother Jonathan who led the famous raid on Entebbe in 1976 and rescued airline passengers trapped in Uganda. Jonathan was the only Israeli killed. I saw his love for Israel and the Jewish People.

We also talked of my stint as a History Professor at the University of Arizona. His father was an historian also of the Spanish Inquisition. Later Bibi would become prime Minister of Israel and not bow to external pressures to trade land for peace. He has continued this stance in his present role as Prime Minister again. He has stood up to Gaza and the War with Lebanon. He does not bow to American Presidents, Russians Premiers or E.U. demands or even the Pope who favors the Palestinians.

In the current crisis in Egypt, he will continue to look out for the best interests of the Jewish people. I am glad he is prime Minister at this time. Israel needs a strong leader like Bibi Netanyahu".