Israel’s Peculiar Position (1968)


by Eric Hoffer – Los Angeles Times May 26,1968.

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 one.  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 demonstrated against him. The Swedes, who were ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we did 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 troops in 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 all.


Will We Ever Wake Up?

At this time, Jewish people around the world are in the heaviest battle against Anti-Semitism since the rise of the 3rd Reich. If the present situation of Israel and world Jewry were not so tragic and sad, the situation would, in fact, be the biggest hoax in the annals of human history.

Ridding the world of its Jews has been at the forefront of a great many of the world’s nations’ agendas around the globe for well over two thousand years. Never has the effort been combined and coordinated by all nations at once. In our time, however, although Hitler was the instigator, his willing accomplices ranged from neighboring countries only too glad to play an active role in the murder and atrocities, to western countries such as the United States, Canada, and England who lifted not a finger to stop the annihilation of a people. They did not succeed.

Over the last 3 decades, Arab countries have poured billions of dollars into the development of a propaganda machine so sophisticated that the world does not see it or recognize it for what it is.  So sophisticated that it is re-writing history under our very noses. So sophisticated and comprehensive that it has educated an entire generation around the world, based on disinformation and outright lies. So convincing that it is re-educating entire older generations. So subliminal that it been able to convince Jews themselves.

This propaganda machine is so powerful that world leaders are demanding behavior and actions from Israel that they would not dare ask of any other nation. The double standards by which the United Nations deals with Israel would make for a best selling science fiction novel were it not so blasphemous and tragic.

This is a call in the ever growing darkness to Jews around the world to come out of their sleepy state of mind and realize that the inevitable fight yet to be fought is not where the borders of Israel will be. Not whether those calling themselves Palestinians will have a right to a state or for any other reason the world purports. It is about whether the Jews will once again allow themselves to be led to their own destruction.

We have been re-educated to believe that the Mid-East conflict is about ‘Palestinians’ when that is in fact only a by-product of the initial and Omni-present main goal of the Arabs: the annihilation of Israel.