Israel's Peculiar Position -- by Eric Hoffer (LA Times -- May 26, 1968)

[Why is this as true today as it was in 1968? That was 40 years ago! The more things change... PmR]
Israel's Peculiar Position
by Eric Hoffer
LA Times
May 26, 1968

[Copy from The Rational Argumentator, August 7, 2006]

The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.

Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it, Turkey threw out a million Greeks, and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese-and no one says a word about refugees.

But in the case of Israel the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees.

Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab.

Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.

Other nations, when victorious on the battlefield, dictate peace terms.

But when Israel is victorious, it must sue for peace.

Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.

Other nations when they are defeated survive and recover, but should Israel be defeated, it would be destroyed. Had Nasser triumphed last June [1967], he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews. No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on.

There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Blacks are executed in Rhodesia. But when Hitler slaughtered Jews, no one remonstrated with him.

The Swedes, who are ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we do in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews.

They sent Hitler choice iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his troop trains to Norway.

The Jews are alone in the world. If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts and Jewish resources. Yet at this moment Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer [1967] had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.

I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us.

Should Israel perish the holocaust will be upon us.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1982) was an American social philosopher, author of nine books and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951 and considered a classic, brought him widespread recognition

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Comment by Yigal D. Kahana on June 12, 2008 at 4:13am
You ask:
"Why is this as true today as it was in 1968?"

I can only answer "becasue the real root cause of the conflict has itself not changed."
And I would further identify that root cause as the ethnocentric and anti-Jewish ideology of the Arab leaders and their theocrat-accomplices - especially the Hanbali/Wahhabi/Salafis, and Shiite Twelvers, and Muslim Brotherhood - which ideology long predates the 1948 war, and has yet to be officially repudiated.
The virulently anti-Jewish Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928. And has only gotten stronger with massive doses of funding from the Saudis, whose supply of money is growing ever faster as the price of oil rises.
Don't expect a letdown until the money-flows to openly discriminatory and terrorist organizations is curtailed from the outside; or the funders themselves are shut down, or evolve to a higher state of consciousness.
Mepeace is valiant attempt to somehow overcome that 800-pound gorilla.


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