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Israel's Peculiar Position

(1968)

Eric Hoffer

Issue LXIX- August 7, 2006

 

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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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