"As an American Jew, I must raise my voice in protest against a recipient of this year's Presidential Medal of Freedom, Mary Robinson, who, after leaving the United Nations, worked as a professor at Columbia University, which, as we all know, has become a gathering place for Israel haters.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of Washington's most influential lobbying organizations, has called on the Obama administration to "firmly, fully and publicly repudiate her views on Israel and her long public record of hostility and one-sided bias against the Jewish state."
. . .So what if, a year from now, all that many people remember of the Presidential Medal of Freedom awards is how AIPAC got worked up about something that was not all that important? As offensive as some of Robinson's actions have been -- in particular, her work on the Human Rights Commission, which seems to have a perverse predilection for smacking Israel, and her leadership role at the Durban Conference, and the deplorable resolution that came out of that conference equating Zionism with racism -- I simply do not believe that this issue (the award has been given to a grab-bag of people, including Buzz Aldrin, Pearl Bailey and Andy Griffith, and does not have to be considered the final say on human value) is worth the struggle."