The death of Charles Krauthammer is a huge loss for humanity. Krauthammer was a voice of integrity and a strong vocal supporter of truth and justice. He was outspoken when it came to Israel and never held back when he defended Israel. His voice will be missed.
His personal story is also an inspiring story of perseverance, overcoming challenges and making the most out of life. I did not know until this day about his paralyzing accident. I always knew that there was something different about his body motions. Yet he overcame his major disability and led a successful journalistic career. He did not let the paralysis stop him, and accomplished everything he could in life. As he wrote himself,
“I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life. Full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I’m sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life I intended.”
These are powerful and life-changing words for all of us to internalize and live by.
Once a Democrat
Krauthammer once was a Democrat. He worked as a speechwriter for Vice President Walter Mondale. However, within a few years, Krauthammer coined some of Reagan’s policies as “The Reagan Doctrine.” Ultimately, he turned into one of the most influential neo-conservative voices in the press.
Charles Krauthammer’s most powerful quote on Israel
In 1998, Krauthammer wrote this searingly powerful statement on Israel, Zionism & Jewish identity:
“Israel is the very embodiment of Jewish continuity: It is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language, and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago. You dig the soil and you find pottery from Davidic times…coins from Bar Kokhba, and 2,000-year-old scrolls written in a script remarkably like the one that today advertises ice cream at the corner candy store.”
On June 10, 2002, Charles Krauthammer delivered the Distinguished Rennert Lecture upon receiving the Guardian of Zion Award from Bar-Ilan University’s Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies. He titled his lecture “He Tarries: Jewish Messianism and the Oslo Peace.” His basic message was ‘how dreams of peace led to Israel’s biggest mistake’, the Oslo peace process.
Krauthammer was a strong voice against the fantasies that the Oslo peace process was based upon and the dangers it actually brought upon Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bids farewell to Charles Krauthammer
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
“Remember Charles Krauthammer. I will never forget him. The State of Israel and the Jewish people owe him extraordinary gratitude. We will remember him.” pic.twitter.com/S2QcqiLVXT
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) June 24, 2018
I was profoundly saddened to hear the news of the death of Charles Krauthammer. A noble and extraordinary spirit, who was one of Israel’s greatest friends.
This is the letter I sent to him two weeks ago when I received news of his terminal condition. pic.twitter.com/dlCAtnCkPq
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) June 22, 2018