Those are the words of President Shimon Peres during his visit to Moscow.
Israel has always fought its own battles! Unlike the nations of Europe, no American soldier has ever died fighting for Israel. Yet 320,518Americans died in WW1 and 183,588 Americans died in WW2 to free Europe. Not counting the trillions of dollars spent on both wars, and an American presence to safe-guard European democracy.President Shimon Peres, visiting Moscow, struck back at Israel’s detractors in the West, saying that unlike Europeans who called on the US to save them from the Nazi threat, Israel had never asked American mothers to send their sons into harm’s way for its sake.
“There is no other country with a history like Israel’s,” Peres told the Eurasian Jewish Congress. “No other people have had to fight seven wars in 62 years,” he said, adding Israel had stood alone, fought, won and remains a strong, resolute, peace-seeking democracy.
Peres, in Russia for the 65th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany, spoke before a conference of 1,000 Jews from Russia and former Soviet republics, many of them WWII veterans, held as part of Victory Day celebrations.
Myriam Peretz, the mother of Uriel and Eliraz who both fell in battle in the Golani brigade, accompanied the president to this Congress.
“Israel does not fear Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,” Peres went on to say “for he represents neither his people’s tradition, nor their future, bringing shame on his country. His legacy is one of murder and terror, he hangs men while protests against him rage in the streets.”
Every nation in Europe owes the United States a big debt. A little gratitude would be nice. Next time we just might refuse to save your bacon.
It would serve you right!