But on a very personal level, for me much of my personal view of Israel has been framed by my family’s story — my father was born and raised in Cuba, as a kid, he fought in the Cuban revolution, he was tortured. My father fled Cuba in 1957, when he came to America, he had nothing — he had $100 sewn in his underwear and he washed dishes making 50 cents an hour. He paid his way through school he went on to start a small business. When I was a kid, my dad used to say, “When I faced oppression in Cuba, I had a place to flee to, If we lose our freedom here, where do we go?” And I will tell you it is an incredible blessing to be the child of an immigrant who fled oppression and came to America seeking freedom.And there’s one other nation on earth like the United States of America that’s created as an oasis — as a beacon of hope — to people who have faced oppression, who have faced the horrible murder and persecution.
March 22, 2016 at 11:55 AM EDT