'Israel made world better’

Petraeus: Nation built by Shoa survivors "one of our greatest allies."

By JTA
April 16, 2010 17:29
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David Petraeus

US Gen. David Petraeus 311. (photo credit: .)

 
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WASHINGTON – The Holocaust survivors who helped build Israel "made our world better," US Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday.

"The men and women who walked or were carried out of the death camps, and their descendents, have enriched our world immeasurably in the sciences and in the arts, in literature and in philanthropy," said Petraeus, the key note speaker at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum commemoration in the Capitol Rotunda.

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"They have made extraordinary contributions in academia, in business, and in government. And, they have, of course, helped build a nation that stands as one of our great allies. The survivors have, in short, made our country and our world better, leaving lasting achievements wherever they settled."

Petraeus's speech comes just days after the commander of Central Command, who directs US deployments in the Middle East, said "Israel is - has been, is and will be an important strategic ally of the United States.”

Petraeus has sought to place in context his Senate testimony last month which drew some conservative and pro-Israel crticism - and some liberal praise - for linking some US difficulties in the region with perceptions that the United States favors Israel.

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