A Republican Congressman met with Chaim Ben Pesach and other right-wing Jewish activists during a visit to New York in 1994. Since then, from time to time, the Republican Congressman calls Ben Pesach.
Last week, Ben Pesach received a message on his answering machine from the Congressman. Ben Pesach returned the call the next day:
CONGRESSMAN: How have you been? We haven't spoken for a year. Or is it two years?
BEN PESACH: My memory is worse than yours. A lot has certainly happened since our last conversation.
CONGRESSMAN: You were right about Iraq. It's turned into a disaster. I warned that all of the Muslim nations want to destroy America, and want to destroy Israel, but I was ridiculed by Malcolm Hoenlein [the vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations]. Hoenlein and the Jewish leaders claimed that the research which I and other Republican Congressmen did in analyzing the news media in the Arab and Islamic world should not be taken seriously. We found that the media in Islamic nations was uniformly anti-American and was preaching terror and violence against Americans and Christians. But Hoenlein, the American Jewish leaders and the Israeli government ridiculed us.
BEN PESACH: You were correct in your analysis.
CONGRESSMAN: I know we were. They always hated us and they always will hate us.
BEN PESACH: You can't allow self-hating Jewish traitors in America and Israel to prevent you from telling the truth. The American people have a right to know that our politicians and our news media are lying to us.
CONGRESSMAN: Yeah, but I had a hard time getting re-elected. These self-hating Jews finance the campaign of my Democrat opponent. I try to defend Israel, and the Jews want to defeat me. I just don't get it.
BEN PESACH: Well, you know that we support you. And G-d supports you.
CONGRESSMAN: Yeah, but you don't have money. The money you raise goes to the Jews in the settlements fighting against Sharon. I'm glad G-d supports us, but He doesn't send us any checks. I have to be realistic.
BEN PESACH: I think it is realistic to tell the truth. You can raise money from Bible-believing Christians. There are 50 million Bible-believing Christians in this country.
CONGRESSMAN: I don't get money from them because I'm not pro-life enough.
BEN PESACH: Why aren't you pro-life? You should be pro-life.
CONGRESSMAN: My district is pro-choice.
BEN PESACH: What about you? Are you pro-life or pro-abortion?
CONGRESSMAN: I'm pro-life, but I can't be too identified with the issue because my district is pro-choice. So I support banning partial birth abortions, I support parental notification if a minor wants an abortion, and I support requiring a 24-hour waiting period so that a woman has a chance to think it over before making the final decision. If we prevail with these proposals, we will at least reduce the number of abortions.
BEN PESACH: That means you're pro-abortion. You're against partial birth abortions, you want to notify parents of a minor who is having an abortion, and you want a woman to have to wait 24 hours before having an abortion, but all of these measures do not prevent legalized abortion.
CONGRESSMAN: The country is not ready to outlaw abortions.
BEN PESACH: If that's true, then political leaders who have a conscience have a moral obligation to convince the country to be pro-life. The mass murder of innocent unborn babies is a horrific crime against humanity.
CONGRESSMAN: If I spoke like that, I would never get re-elected. Many Republican women in my district are pro-choice.
BEN PESACH: So getting re-elected is more important to you than your principles, than your morals? Getting re-elected is more important than the lives of innocent babies?
CONGRESSMAN: You're an idealist. That's why you went to prison for five years, that's why you're banned from going to Israel. While I admire your altruism and your sincerity, let's be realistic. You ruined your life because you refused to compromise. You could easily have been a successful politician like Dov Hikind [an assemblyman from Brooklyn]. You could have been a political leader in Israel. Instead, all you do is throw stones from the outside.
BEN PESACH: If we hadn't fought from the outside, over a million Russian Jews would not be in Israel today. If we hadn't fought from the outside, over 250,000 Jews would not be in Yesha [Judea, Samaria and the Gaza District]. If the Jewish freedom fighters of Etzel [the Irgun Tzvai Leumi] and Lechi [the Stern Group] had not fought from the outside, there would not be a State of Israel today. If Moses had decided to be realistic and work from the inside to become Pharaoh, there would not have been the glorious redemption from Egypt and all of the miracles, and the Jewish people would not exist.
CONGRESSMAN: At least doing it my way, I still have influence.
BEN PESACH: What influence? We're losing America and Israel. We're losing everything because we have become so practical that we have lost our faith in G-d.
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