Thanks, Jeff. Meanwhile, if we’re talking about “the first real sign that President Bush cared deeply about Jews and Israel”: even before the Durban conference on racism, there was Bush’s refusal to meet with Arafat, much less at the White House. The first visitor to the White House from the Middle East was Ariel Sharon.
Contrast Bush’s treatment of Arafat with Clinton’s incessant hosting of the man. Arafat paid more visits to the Clinton White House than Monica Lewinsky and Denise Rich combined. (Though what the two of them did together is nobody’s business.)
Rather than a deep care for Jews or Israel, however, I think it’s safer to see Bush simply as someone who tries to do the right thing, and doing the right thing has put him in Israel’s corner.
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