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LISTEN NOW! As Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, stresses the long history of the relationships between Israel and the United States to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) audience, it’s important to see just how far back these principles go. For some, it is recognized that America was founded on Judeo-Christian values. It actually goes much further back. Nearly 300 years prior to the signing of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. In 1492, an explorer was given the funds to find a new land for the Jewish people to escape oppression. His name: Christopher Columbus. When George Washington was nearing depletion of his supplies and his resources during the American Revolutionary war, he was in desperate need of funds to support his needs. His answer was a Jewish man, Haym Salomon, to raise the needed funds in order the outfit the troops to carry out the needed battles to ultimately win the war. Nearing the end of his death, when asked how Salomon wanted to be remembered; he ask not for himself to be remembered, but his homeland, Israel to be remembered. By looking at a single dollar bill, you will be surprised at how we still remember what Haym Solomon did. In 2011, the Washington Monument suffered more than 150 cracks in its stone because of the Virgina Earthquake. The restoration needed to repair the damages was $7.5 million. Who finance such a work? America found help and support from the hands of Israel. Philanthropist David Rubenstein, provided all of the funds that were needed and the Washington Monument still stands. The history of America is truly amazing as we see more and more the common thread of the relationship with our Jewish brothers and sisters. Hear the full story of the incredible stories, why it is so vital for us to stand for Israel in our hour of time, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: 4 blood moons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, AIPAC, David Ben-Gurion, David Rubenstein, stamps, Haym Salomon, Harry Truman, and Christopher Columbus. John and Steve shared during this segment.
Haym Salomon, financier of the American Revolution
Harry Truman’s Recognition of Israel
1972 Summer Olympics
American Heritage Series-Ten DVD Set
David M. Rubenstein