Thank you for the wonderful historic memories of Ed Koch and his vocal support for the State of Israel (February 8). Hizzoner was one of a kind, with an oversized heart to go along with his oversized mouth. Koch was not afraid to do what he felt was right in defending Israel, even when it meant risking his popularity within his own beloved Democratic party. That is why it is such a shame that perhaps his last public statement was one in which he admitted that he knew that Barack Obama would betray Israel and was only surprised that it began so quickly, with the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. Koch said he believed that since Obama would win re-election and he was sure that “the Jews were going to vote for him no matter what. And that’s the nature of the Jews. They are always very solicitous of everybody else except their own needs and community.”
Truer words were never spoken. Unfortunately for Israel, Ed Koch chose not to speak before the election.