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Countering Writer’s 9/11 Narrative

Editor, News-Register:

The Wheeling News-Register published an insidious Letter to the Editor on 9/5/21 entitled, “Teaching 9/11 to America.” It had less to do with teaching than to slander our country, its leadership, and Israel. Throughout it are tropes such as “Jewish lobbyists planned the invasion of Iraq,” that White House advisor Richard Clark “questioned why the American people should foot the bill, in blood and treasure, for Israeli security,” and “To keep Israel safe, the U.S. government ensured that Saudi rulers were chosen from families to do what we wanted.”

Does anyone believe the United States is involved in choosing Saudi rulers that will listen to it? Saudi Arabia is a monarchy and has been governed by the Saud family continuously since 1932. The King chooses his successor and names him the Crown Prince.

The reality is the United States and Israel are close allies because the two are democracies with shared values. Both countries support a free marketplace and value human life. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. Its citizens including Muslims, Druze, Christians, women, and the LGBTQ community, enjoy more freedoms and civil rights than anywhere else in the region. Additionally, Israel is the only Middle Eastern country that Christianity is growing.

Not one American soldier has ever defended Israel let alone died for it. Israel has benefited from American military hardware for which it is very thankful. From the end of the Vietnam War to the Persian Gulf War, Israel was the primary active testing ground for U.S. planes and military hardware. When the United States built a coalition force to expel Iraq from Kuwait, the U.S. asked Israel to stay out of the conflict. It did so, even though Saddam Husein was firing Scud missiles into cities like Tel Aviv. Would any other American ally have complied?

Israel is the 24th largest trading partner of the United States. In 2019 the total bilateral trade between the two totaled $47 billion. That included the export of goods and services to Israel of $20.4 billion and the import of goods and services of $27 billion. Israeli businesses have opened branches in the U.S. Massachusetts hosts nearly 100 companies that have Israeli founders or Israeli licensed technologies. In 2009 these companies employed more that 6,000 people and generated more that $2.4 billion in direct revenue for the state. Georgia hosts more that 50 Israeli companies and Virginia has more than a dozen. Other “hubs” include California and New York City. In 2019, the U.S. Department of State estimated direct Israeli investment in the United States totaled more than $36.6 billion and supported more than 36,000 jobs.

Lately, Israel has served as a laboratory for the study of Covid-19. Due to the country’s size and population, coupled with the Israeli healthcare system and network of hospitals, it has provided a trove of information and statistics. This is being used in the U.S. and around the world to help stop the pandemic.

The United States has purchased two units of Israel’s Iron Dome system, which were delivered earlier this year, to defend American soil. The system destroys incoming missiles in air. This past May, Hamas indiscriminately fired over 4,000 rockets into Israeli civilian population centers. The Iron Dome destroyed almost all of them and the U.S. is now considering purchasing additional units.

Iran is the most concerning issue in the region and the world. It has been trying to develop nuclear weapons since the early part of this century. The U.S. and other countries tried to come to an agreement with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. The agreement, which resulted in 2015, simply delayed the process. Iran has been found to be violating several parts of the agreement. Iran has not allowed inspectors into several “military” facilities. Germany has found Iran trying to purchase technology prohibited under the agreement. And Iran has said for years it doesn’t seek to develop nuclear weapons, but a treasure trove of records captured and secretly taken out of Iran by Israel, prove otherwise. Now Iran is bragging about its ability to enrich uranium.

Why is Iran going nuclear a world-wide problem? For years it has been saying Death to Israel and Death to the United States. Additionally, it has been developing inter-continental missiles. An argument can be made that Russia and the United States have enough nukes to destroy each other several times over. But the difference is that each country respects that, and it serves as a deterrent. Iran would not hesitate to give nuclear weapons to its proxies like Hamas, Hezbollah, and others. That coupled with people willing to die for the cause, could cause a host of problems. Unfortunately, the author of this letter appears to have hatred for Israel, Jews, and maybe the United States. By encouraging teaching of this false narrative about 9/11, it will only encourage more hatred.

Stuart V. Pavilack

Executive Director

Zionist Organization of America: Pittsburgh

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