I found this unaffected, straightforward Arutz Sheva story deeply moving. It is not about Israel’s Prime Minister but about his wife, Sarah. It describes her visit to West Point and it is not only rich in emotional detail but also full of implication for the US and thus for the world.
For one thing it brings home the shining Jewish valor that knows no borders in the service of peace and justice worldwide, a world that begins and ends with Israel, at once cradle and vanguard of the Western civilization, as epitomized by Mickey Marcus, Israel’s first general, as it puts a spotlight on what has been properly called “the unshakable bond” between the US and Israel.
For another, the gifts presented to Mrs Netanyahu by the West Point Commander, souvenirs brought home by the American military from liberated Iraq are also a moving symbol of our common values.
But here I am doing what I had promised myself not to do (although strongly tempted after each paragraph), namely comment on the story, a task for which I am not suited and frankly, I don’t even know anyone who might do it proper justice other than David Holden.
Sarah Netanyahu Visits West Point Military Academy
By Kochava Rozenbaum
As the Prime Minister of Israel makes headlines while in New York, his wife Sarah Netanyahu has taken the opportunity to pay a visit to the first military academy in the United States.
The West Point Academy received Mrs. Netanyahu at an official ceremony attended by 400 cadets.
Mrs. Netanyahu then met the commander of the military academy in West Point, New York, Lieutenant General Robert Calsen and his wife.
The general told her of his military history, serving as the Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq and before that, serving as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth.
While fighting in Iraq, General Caslen obtained many “souvenirs,” and presented some of them to Mrs. Netanyahu, including a dish from Saddam Hussein’s private villa. The general also gave the premier’s wife a special album detailing the history of West Point, and inscribed in it a personal dedication.
During the visit, the Chief Army Chaplain gave Mrs. Netanyahu a tour of their new local synagogue which boasts a Torah scroll saved from Germany during the Holocaust.
Having family ties to two Biblical scholars, Sarah Netanyahu told the rabbi about her special connection to Biblical tradition. Her father was the late Shmuel Ben-Artzi, an Israeli writer, poet, and educator.
A very emotional moment occurred for Mrs. Netanyahu while laying a wreath over the grave of Jewish American officer, Mickey Marcus, an Army colonel who assisted Israel during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and became Israel’s first modern general.
Marcus was killed on June 10, 1948 in the Israeli village of Abu Ghosh by friendly fire, after being mistaken for an enemy infiltrator while returning to his positions at night.
Marcus’s grave is the only one in the West Point Cemetery at the United States Military Academy for an American killed fighting under the flag of another country.