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The Israelis know that if the Iraqi or the Iranian army came across the Jordan River, I would personally grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die. -- former US President Bill Clinton at a Jewish fund-raising dinner


Tampa, Florida, Friday, August 2, 2002


Bill Clinton Says He Would 'fight and Die' for Israel

The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - Former President Clinton, who avoided the Vietnam War, told Jewish supporters in Toronto that he would fight and die to protect Israel if Iraq or Iran ever invaded.

David Irving comments:

I HAVE been sent this news item about perhaps the most famous draft dodger and liar alive. President Clinton, when a young man, wouldn't go to Vietnam, let alone join the Army when his own country was at war; yet he declares now that he would go off to fight for some other nation elsewhere in the world.
   I suspect that he would not be charged with violating Federal law by fighting for another nation -- if that nation were Israel, spiritual fatherland of Jonathan Pollard and whole hordes of "American" and other traitors

Clinton's dress

"The Israelis know that if the Iraqi or the Iranian army came across the Jordan River, I would personally grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die," Clinton said to cheers at a Hadassah children's charity fund-raising dinner this week.

ClintonJim Kennedy, a spokesman for Clinton, provided a transcript of his comments. Clinton's remarks were first reported in the Toronto Star.

Clinton tried to broker a Middle East peace accord in the waning days of his presidency. His wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, courted Jewish voters aggressively during her successful Senate bid in New York.

Clinton told the crowd of 350 on Monday that the best solution to the Middle East conflict is an interim settlement "to establish a Palestinian state now." Its creation, he said, must be preceded by a timetable and security assurances for Israel.

Clinton said Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat made "a disastrous mistake" turning down peace offers in the last months of his presidency, but there is still "reason for hope."

Clinton was accused of ducking the draft during the Vietnam era. He received an induction notice but got a deferment when he promised to participate in an ROTC program. He never joined the program. He later withdrew his deferment but drew a lottery number too high to be drafted.

AP-ES-08-02-02 2037EDT


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