Dick Scaife, Israel's defender
It was with profound sadness that we noted the passing of Pittsburgh philanthropist and longtime Tribune-Review publisher Richard Mellon Scaife.
The encomiums that have flowed in from city, state and federal government leaders since his death on July 4 have focused primarily on his philanthropic largess in Western Pennsylvania and his strong commitment to the First Amendment and a free press through his newspapers.
He is undoubtedly deserving of those plaudits. But Mr. Scaife should also be remembered for his unwavering and stalwart support for the state of Israel.
When Israel faced difficult strategic and security threats, Dick Scaife was someone who could always be counted on to stand up for Israel's right to self-preservation and self-determination. He always did so in his characteristic way — quietly and from behind the scenes. But there's no doubt that his actions and his newspapers' editorial support made a great difference for Israel and the Jewish people.
May his memory be for a blessing.
Abraham H. Foxman
The writer is national director of the Anti-Defamation League in New York.
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