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Government Officials Must Be 100% Loyal

  • Americans need to question where their public servants' allegiances lie.
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By James P. Tucker Jr.

"I am 100 percent Jew and I'm proud of that; I am also 100 percent American and I'm even more proud of that."

Those were the words of the late Martin Price -- they should be the assurances of potential president Joe Lie ber man.

Price spoke those words to a SPOTLIGHT editor in 1976 while researching the story of Israel's deliberate attack on the USS Liberty ship in the June, 1967 Six-Day War. History and -- reluctantly -- the Establishment later confirmed the story.

But at the time, the editor was challenging Price's work line-by-line.

"Martin, you are not only a Jew but the kind of Jew I would be if so born -- a strutting Jew," the editor said. "Are you comfortable writing that Israel deliberately attacked the ship and killed and wounded so many American sailors?"

"You are of British descent," Price replied. "Would you be outraged if Britain attacked the ship?"

"Of course."

"Well, I am proud of my Jewish heritage but I am a proud American, not an Israeli citizen, and I'm just as angry as you would be if Britain had done this dastardly act. I am 100 percent Jewish, 100 percent American and zero percent Israeli."

Price succinctly summed up the views expressed by Jewish members of Liberty Lobby's Board of Policy and subscribers to its newspaper, The SPOTLIGHT. Their ranks roughly reflect the percentage of American Jews at large, which should satisfy "multicultural" quotas.

But the delicate question of dual loyalty is a burning issue in this presidential campaign that none dare raise for fear of being tarred by the "anti-Semitic" brush.

Millions of Latinos become American citizens for the welfare benefits but leave their loyalties at home, as demonstrated by booing the American flag at sporting events.

Many American Jews seek out and obtain -- it's a laborious process -- Israeli citizenship without renouncing American citizenship. It is impossible to have 100 percent loyalty to each of two countries.

A famous case was the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, who led the leg-breaking Jewish Defense League.

The rabbi from Brooklyn obtained Israeli citizenship and was elected to the Knesset. After voting in the Israeli legislature, he would return to New York and vote in American congressional and presidential elections.

More recently, Samuel Sheinbein, a young man from Montgomery County, Md., killed and chopped up the body of another boy. The killer's father was an American who had obtained Israeli citizenship. He took his son to Israel, which recognized him as a citizen because of his father's status.

Under Israeli law, the killer was not extradited but tried in Israel for a crime committed in Maryland. He was convicted and is now serving Israel's country-club version of life in prison.