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
-- former US President Bill
Clinton at a Jewish
Saturday, August 3, 2002
Bill won't do for Israel
with PAULA FROELICH and
BILL Clinton's recent
vow to "grab a rifle and get in the trench
and fight and die" for Israel isn't the
first time the former president has gone
overboard in pandering to Jewish
But his office is denying an
oft-repeated tale that he once said, "I
would do anything for Israel - except get
The one-liner appears to be an urban
legend. The tale is told, and retold,
though it is impossible to find a witness
or nail down where and when the words were
spokesman, Jim Kennedy, told
PAGE SIX: "We've
never heard that before."
The ex-prez, meanwhile, isn't the only
thwarted warrior in the family. Sen.
Hillary Clinton once tried to join the
Marines, she recalled in a 1994 interview
dredged up yesterday by the conservative
It is unclear who conducted the
interview, but it was replayed June 15,
1994, by Rush Limbaugh. "Gee, now
it was probably 19 years ago - in 1975 - I
decided that I was very interested in
having some experience in serving in some
capacity in the military," said Hillary.
Her husband then interjected helpfully,
"Because we all love the military so
"So I walked into our local recruiting
office, and I think it was just my bad
luck that the person who happened to be
there on duty could not have been older
than 21. He was in perfect physical shape.
"So I sat down and I said, you know, I
wanted to explore - I didn't know whether
I thought active duty would be a good
idea, reserve, you know, maybe National
Guard, something along those lines. This
young man looked at me and he said, 'How
old are you?'
"I said, 'Well, 27' . . . I had these
really thick glasses on. He said, 'How
bad's your eyesight?' I said, 'It's pretty
bad.' And he said, 'How bad?' So I told
him. He said, 'That's pretty bad.'
"And he finally said to me, he said,
'You're too old. You can't see. And you're
a woman.' And then he went on . . . this
man, young man, was a Marine. He said,
'But maybe the dogs [Army] would
take you.' "
Hillary recalled thinking, "This is not
a very encouraging conversation, so maybe
I'll look for another way to serve my
And she has. Not only is she a U.S.
senator. Political insiders say it's clear
she is positioning herself to run for
president in 2004.
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