Ed Koch's New Year Commentary: "Avoid France as a place to vacation"

Ed Koch was the outspoken mayor of New York City for twelve years. He never minced words. The following is to be his New Year Commentary prepared for Bloomberg Radio (which, coincidentally, is owned by the current mayor.) Koch's 2003 resolutions are worth heeding - perhaps even following ourselves.

This is a sobering yet in a way optimistic analysis by one of our own "elder statesmen":

We are now going through the most virulent anti-Semitic period since Hitler and Stalin. Nearly 60 years after the end of World War II almost every country on the European continent, including England, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and the Scandinavian countries, has seen major outbreaks of physical violence against their Jewish citizens, and against Jewish institutions, including synagogues and cemeteries. At the same time, open hostility toward the State of Israel is at an all-time high. Only in the United States have we seen a full acceptance of Jews as citizens and the Jewish state treated as a friend and ally by an overwhelming number of fellow citizens. In the U.S., Jews have been permitted to rise and fall based on their individual talents, virtues and faults. In one elite bastion after another, Jews have been selected to head institutions heretofore seen as beyond their reach. [...]

Now to my personal New Year's resolutions. I will avoid France as a place to vacation. France leads those countries in the Security Council who are the enemies of the State of Israel. So too is Mexico, joining as a consistent supporter of resolutions unfairly denouncing Israel at the U.N. Security Council.

I will not support National Public Radio in any way. NPR's reporters and management delight in unfairly attacking Israel. I will no longer lend financial support to New York's Channel Thirteen public television station. That station recently showed a documentary that was blatantly biased against Israel and has refused to acknowledge the bias or to try to correct it.

I will not watch ABC's World News Tonight anchored by Peter Jennings. For many years, Jennings has specialized in vicious and unfair portrayals of Israel intended to injure the Jewish state and lionize Palestinians. BBC News is horrifically anti-Israel and I will shun it completely. Susan Sontag will occupy the Ninth Circle of Hell for her outrageous assaults on Israel. I will no longer read her works.

On a personal note, I had the oppurtunity to go to France a few weeks ago. I turned it down, and will avoid France like the plague - do not help the French and other Europeans in their support and financing of Palestinian terrorism.

I copy Mr. Koch's full article below.





Ed Koch's New Year Commentary
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/
articles/2002/12/4/201412.shtml

Ed Koch was the outspoken mayor of New York City for twelve years. He never minced words. The following is to be his New Year Commentary prepared for Bloomberg Radio (which, coincidentally, is owned by the current mayor.) Koch's 2003 resolutions are worth heeding - perhaps even following ourselves.

This is a sobering yet in a way optimistic analysis by one of our own "elder statesmen":

We are now going through the most virulent anti-Semitic period since Hitler and Stalin. Nearly 60 years after the end of World War II almost every country on the European continent, including England, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and the Scandinavian countries, has seen major outbreaks of physical violence against their Jewish citizens, and against Jewish institutions, including synagogues and cemeteries. At the same time, open hostility toward the State of Israel is at an all-time high. Only in the United States have we seen a full acceptance of Jews as citizens and the Jewish state treated as a friend and ally by an overwhelming number of fellow citizens. In the U.S., Jews have been permitted to rise and fall based on their individual talents, virtues and faults. In one elite bastion after another, Jews have been selected to head institutions heretofore seen as beyond their reach.

Today the presidents of Harvard and Yale Universities are Jews, as are recent former presidents of Columbia and Princeton. Having been elected three times as mayor of the City of New York, I have been the beneficiary of this country's generosity and freedom from bigotry, and I will be eternally grateful. Americans traditionally make New Year's resolutions. Before I list my own resolutions, I want to thank President George W. Bush and his advisers, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice for their support of the State of Israel. They could easily have jettisoned Israel as a liability in their efforts to forge an international coalition against worldwide terrorism. I will be forever grateful to them, and I hope that many other supporters of the State of Israel will recognize and appreciate what they have done.

Fortunately for Jews and the State of Israel, American support of the Jewish nation has been bipartisan. Particularly helpful has been the Democratic leadership in both houses including Senator Tom Daschle, outgoing Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, as well as former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton. There are many others on both sides of the political aisle who deserve similar praise. In the religious sector, I am grateful to the Reverends Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, both of whom have stood up time and again in support and defense of the Jewish nation. Regrettably, there have been many clergy who have unfairly attacked Israel for attempting to defend itself against near-daily terrorist acts against its citizens. We were made privy to the
true thoughts of Rev. Billy Graham caught on tape telling President Nixon his real feelings about Jews and Israel. He has since apologized, but what is an apology without contrition and efforts to right the wrong
done? Worthless.

Now to my personal New Year's resolutions. I will avoid France as a place to vacation. France leads those countries in the Security Council who are the enemies of the State of Israel. So too is Mexico, joining as a consistent supporter of resolutions unfairly denouncing Israel at the U.N. Security Council.

I will not support National Public Radio in any way. NPR's reporters and management delight in unfairly attacking Israel. I will no longer lend financial support to New York's Channel Thirteen public television station. That station recently showed a documentary that was blatantly biased against Israel and has refused to acknowledge the bias or to try to correct it.

I will not watch ABC's World News Tonight anchored by Peter Jennings. For many years, Jennings has specialized in vicious and unfair portrayals of Israel intended to injure the Jewish state and lionize Palestinians. BBC News is horrifically anti-Israel and I will shun it completely. Susan Sontag will occupy the Ninth Circle of Hell for her outrageous assaults on Israel. I will no longer read her works.

Regrettably, there are many others whom I could include on this list, but I will leave that for another day. I must confess I got enormous pleasure from the defeat of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and her father in the recent primary elections in Georgia. In my view, both are anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. No longer able to feed at the public trough, I doubt that either will make a comparable living in the private sector.

I must close now to get ready for my Chanukah and Christmas shopping. I enjoy celebrating those holidays with Jewish and Christian friends whose goodwill and affection I will always cherish.

Posted by David Melle
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Comments

Hi,

I just stumbled over this site and browsed it a little. Very interesting. Ed Koch's New Year resolutions raises a question for me:

Is there any person or institution on our planet that criticises Israel, is known by Ed Koch and does not appear on his list above?

Posted by: Peter Maas at February 19, 2003 07:43 AM


I completely agree with Koch here. But why when Giuliani was mayor, did Koch on his radio show mock and criticize Giuliani when he refused to give Arafat a standing ovation at some Lincoln Center event?

Posted by: Kerry at April 10, 2003 10:20 AM


What was the documentary on PBS that Mayor Koch refers to as anti-semitic?

Posted by: susan at April 17, 2003 11:46 AM


Hello; Is there an mail address or other to send a letter to Edward I Koch ??
Tack from Sweden
Sture Nordin

Posted by: Sture Nordin at August 25, 2004 12:53 AM


I completely agree with Ed Koch. He's the best person to come across who can realize about the fanatics.

IS THERE AN EMAIL WHERE WE CAN SEND A THANK YOU NOTE TO ED KOCH ? CAN'T SEEM TO FIND ONE....

ED YOU ARE THE BEST !!!!

Also saw you on CNN.....

Posted by: Naveen seth at August 30, 2004 02:49 PM


I am trying to locate a mailing address for ed koch as well. Can anyone help with this?

Posted by: kfaircloth at October 17, 2008 02:35 PM


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