Friday, November 09, 2007

Churchill, Jewish history, and Israel

ARTHUR HERMAN has an article in WSJ:

When Ernest Bevin, Britain's Labour Party foreign minister, hesitated to recognize Israel nine months after its founding, for fear of inflaming Arab opinion, Churchill swung back hard: "Whether the Right Honorable Gentleman likes it or not, the coming into being of a Jewish State in Palestine is an event in world history to be viewed in the perspective, not of a generation or a century, but in the perspective of a thousand, two thousand, or even three thousand years." Israel was just recompense, Churchill felt, not only for what the Jews of Europe had lost but for what they had given to civilization over the centuries.

This view, of course, no longer prevails. Today the existence of Israel is apparently something to be regretted, even deplored, not only in Arab capitals but in European ones and on American university campuses. Paradoxically, such feelings intensified after 9/11, an event that should have made us all aware of who the friends of Western civilization really are--and who its enemies. Martin Gilbert's book reminds us that anti-Semitism is the dark turn of the modern mind against itself, and a form of cultural patricide.


At 9:17 PM EST, Blogger Tom the Redhunter said...

Dead spot on, Centrist.

Israel, the only democracy in the region, is hated by the oh-so-sophisticated types. They pander to the likes of Abu Mazen (who now goes by Mahmoud Abbas) and feted Yasir Arafat.

The world is upside down.


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