Disappointed in Israel, the Jewish State? Let's Discuss...
Many countries today, and countless non-governmental organizations (NGO's), including many "religious" and media organizations, casually, more or less habitually, condemn Israel as a "failed state," an "aggressive" or even an "evil" state.
We suggest that these misled souls may actually need little Israel more than Israel needs them. They can damn Israel if they want - as so many of their predecessors, historically, have done - but they're going to have to bear the cosmological consequences, won't they?
PUBLISHED BY AMERICANS FOR A SAFE ISRAEL
November 2010—Issue #237
"From the Editor: A Band of Brothers"
Regarding a "Friends of Israel Initiative," led by former
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar:
... A reception in the British Parliament in July attended by 250
Parliamentarians, journalists, think tank analysts and
others launched the British Initiative to bring “reason
and decency” back to the discussion about Israel.
One of the speakers was historian Andrew
Roberts, from whose speech we quote here:
“When during the Second World War, the island
of Malta came through three terrible years of
bombardment and destruction, it was rightly awarded
the George Medal for bravery: today Israel should be
awarded a similar decoration for defending democracy,
tolerance and Western values against a murderous
onslaught that has lasted twenty times as long.
Jerusalem is the site of the Temple of Solomon
and Herod. The stones of a palace erected by
King David himself are even now being unearthed just
outside the walls of Jerusalem. Everything that makes
a nation state legitimate—bloodshed, soil tilled, two
millennia of continuous residence, international agreements—
argues for Israel’s right to exist, yet that is still
denied by the Arab League.
“We owe to the Jews," wrote Winston Churchill
in 1920, a system of ethics which, even if it were entirely
separated from the supernatural, would be incomparably
the most precious possession of mankind, worth in fact the fruits of all wisdom and learning put together."
The Jewish contribution to finance, science,
the arts, academia, commerce and industry, literature,
philanthropy and politics has been astonishing relative
to their tiny numbers. Although they make up less
than half of one percent of the world’s population, between
1901 and 1950 Jews won 14% of all the Nobel
Prizes for Literature and Science, and between 1951
and 2000 Jews won 32% of the Nobel Prizes for Medicine,
32% for Physics, 39% for Economics and 29%
for Science. This, despite so many of their greatest
intellects dying in the gas chambers.
Civilization owes Judaism a debt it can never repay and support for the right of a Jewish homeland to exist is the bare minimum
we can provide. Yet we tend to treat Israel like a
leper on the international scene merely for defending
I recently visited Auschwitz-Birkenau. Walking
along a line of huts and the railway siding where
their forebears had been worked and starved and
beaten and frozen and gassed to death, were a group
of Jewish schoolchildren, one of whom was carrying
over his shoulder the Israeli flag, a blue star of David
on white background. It was a profoundly moving
sight, for it was the sovereign independence represented
by that flag which guarantees that the obscenity
of genocide will never again befall the Jewish people,
to whom the rest of Civilization owes so much.
I said at the start that I was speaking to you as an historian
and so I say: No people in history have needed
the right to self-defense and legitimacy more than the
Jews of Israel and that is what we in the Friends of
Israel Initiative demand here today.”