Intermountain Jewish News

Banner
Sunday,
Sep 21st

Senator Daniel Inouye

E-mail Print PDF

Senator Daniel InouyeDaniel Inouye, the longtime Hawaii senator described by pro-Israel groups as one of Israel’s best friends in the Senate, has died.

Inouye, 88, and a decorated WW II hero, died Monday, Dec. 17, of respiratory complications at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“Senator Inouye deeply understood the importance of the US-Israel relationship, and as chairman of the Appropriations Committee, worked tirelessly and effectively to ensure that America’s ally, Israel, had the necessary resources to defend her people,” AIPAC said in a statement.

“He will be missed by all who appreciated his many decades of leadership in strengthening the ties between America and Israel.”

Inouye enlisted in 1943 as soon as a ban on Japanese Americans serving in the Army was lifted.

He lost his arm in Italy in 1945 but persisted in leading an assault on a ridge heavily manned by German troops, an act that won him the Medal of Honor “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.”

Recovering in a hospital, he heard from a fellow patient about his discovering bodies in ovens at a camp liberated by US forces.

Recounting the memory as recently as October, to students in a high school in Jerusalem, Inouye said he asked his fellow patient what their crime could have been.

He was told “they were Jews,” and the answer changed his life, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Read the IJN editorial eulogizing Senator Inouye

Inouye’s first job was selling Israel Bonds in Hawaii, and he considered converting to Judaism, but pulled back, worried that his devoutly Christian mother would be upset.

Inouye, first elected to the US Senate in 1962, rose to become the top Democrat on its Appropriations Committee. He enjoyed a convivial relationship with Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, for years his Republican counterpart.

Pro-Israel Republicans and Democrats mourned his passing on social media.

The National Jewish Democratic Council called Inouye “a true mensch in every sense of the word.”

Inouye was a lead sponsor of the legislation in the mid-1990s that recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. His role as a lead appropriator helped guarantee US defense assistance to Israel.

“Our people owe him an immense historic debt,” Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the US, said in a statement.

“The Iron Dome system that recently intercepted hundreds of terrorist rockets aimed at our homes stands as enduring proof of his commitment to the defense of the Jewish State.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 December 2012 01:31 )  

IJN e-Edition

This is only a taste! Get full access to the IJN via our e-Edition, only $14.04 for IJN Print subscribers.

E-Edition subscribers get access to a complete digital replica of the IJN, which includes all special sections.

Get the IJN's free newsletter!

Shabbat Times

JTA News

Polly Bergen, actress and singer, dies at 84

Marcy Oster Polly Bergen, who won accolades as a film, television and stage actress as well as a singer, has died. ... [Link]

Dozens of Jewish groups join People’s Climate March in NYC

Marcy Oster More than 100 Jewish organizations participated in the People’s Climate March in New York as part of the Jewish Climate Campaign. ... [Link]

Ex-Calif. synagogue director sentenced to jail for embezzlement

Marcy Oster The former executive director of a synagogue in La Jolla, Calif., was sentenced to 18 months in prison for embezzlement. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: To keep Jewish professionals, let them go

Julie Wiener The Jewish professional sector could be just as fluid and dynamic as some of the most competitive sectors in the world. Here’s how, writes a director of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Found... [Link]

Israeli NGO sends team to Sierra Leone to help combat Ebola

Marcy Oster The Israeli nongovernmental relief organization IsraAID is sending medical professionals to Sierra Leone to help patients who have tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. ... [Link]

Lady Gaga: White House provided assurances on Tel Aviv’s safety

Marcy Oster Lady Gaga said the White House assured her it would be safe in Tel Aviv when the American singer played there earlier this month. ... [Link]

Vienna Jewish Museum restitutes Nazi-looted painting

Marcy Oster The Vienna Jewish Museum restituted a Nazi-looted painting to the artist’s grandnieces. ... [Link]

Israel establishing national cyber defense authority

Marcy Oster Israel will launch a national cyber defense authority to defend civilians against cyber threats. ... [Link]

Intermountain Jewish News • 1177 Grant Street • Denver, CO 80203 • 303 861 2234 • FAX 303 832 6942
email@ijn.com • larry@ijn.com • lori@ijn.com