Three Cheers for the Jewish State of Israel

By Rob Schwarzwalder Published on July 20, 2018

Israel’s parliament just enacted an historic law. “Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people,” the Knesset declared, “who have the unique right to national self-determination.”

The secular media and Israel’s critics and adversaries are beside themselves.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a great response: “This is our state. The Jewish state.” In other words: Deal with it.

Why the Law?

Why a law emphasizing the nation of Israel as the Jewish homeland and the Jews’ right to national self-determination?

Because the Jewish people, a people unique in history, have suffered continuous repression and repeated attempts to destroy them as a people. They have maintained their identity for an amazing 3,500 years. Yet, despite earnest efforts to be part of the societies in which they live, they have sustained their identity at great, horrible cost.

Jakob Blankitny was about 14 years old when, with his parents and sisters, he was seized by the Nazis and herded into Auschwitz. You can read his whole tragic story on the U.S. Holocaust Museum website. The good news is that after years of being brutally treated, he survived.

Although six million other Jews did not, many of those who did migrated to what is now Israel. And from around the world they have come to that little country, denied them for thousands of years but once again vibrant and growing.

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That slaughter is the worst suffering experienced by the Jewish people. But it’s only the latest and most horrible of centuries of persecution, bigotry, and hatred. It’s also a pretty good reason why Jews the world over would want a safe place to live.

In doing this, Israel isn’t discriminating against anyone. It upholds the rights of its Arab citizens — rights almost entirely denied Jews in every Muslim nation in the greater Middle East.

About 17 percent of Israel’s population is Arab. They are welcome in Israel. A handful of bigots may want to force them out, but these fringe-dwellers have no real influence.

Arab Hatred of Jews

That’s one dynamic driving the new law. There’s another: Ongoing Arab hatred of the Jewish people. Do all Arabs hate the Jews? Of course not. But a stream of anti-Semitism runs through the Middle East.

recent survey found that more than 90 percent of Palestinians “hold anti-Semitic beliefs.” Throughout the Middle East and North Africa, three-quarters of those surveyed were found to be anti-Jewish, with many being outright anti-Semites.

In May, Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, said the Jews’ “social function” had made people attack them. He meant banking. History, he says, “tells us there is no basis for the Jewish homeland.” Europe created Israel for its own purposes.

Just last month, according to Haaretz, “Tens of thousands of Iranians took part in anti-Israel rallies across the country to mark Iran’s annual day of solidarity with the Palestinians. They chanted ‘Death to Israel’ and ‘Death to America,’ burning the Israeli flag.”

By the way: Can’t these people think of anything more original? They’ve been using these same chants for decades. They’re boring. I’m reminded of the old line from the Herman’s Hermit’s song, Henry the Eighth: “Second verse/Same as the first!”

A Home of Their Own

Jakob Blankitny says: “Of all the people in my city … where 4,000 Jews originally lived before the start of World War II, only 42 survived. Of all my family in Poland, I was the only survivor.” Thankfully, he went on to marry, have children and have a long life.

Six million did not. Today, there are those for whom the Holocaust is not a horrible memory but a cherished dream. Because of them, millions who hate the Jewish people, Jews have a right to a home of their own. A Jewish state.

They have one. And they have a right to keep it.

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  • tz1

    I fully support this.
    However I fully support the same for the USA. Especially with immigration policy. End illegal anchor babies. I also belive in European and Christian Culture.
    But for wanting for America – to be American – the same as Israel wants to establish an ethno-nationalist state, like Hungary and Poland, you will call me a Nazi, White Supremacist, or some other word implying I’m a monster.

    Why when Jews want to be Jewish, and retain a Jewish identity (even among their secular members) it is totally righteous, but when Americans wish to retain the Puratian WASP ethics, the “hard work, not welfare” and the other ideals which are mostly Christian beyond the vapid equality (losers, moochers, and the lazy should be equal to the hard working?) it is considered some kind of monstrous Nazism reborn?

    • Bryan

      Short answer: Jewish is a race and a religious identity. They aren’t character qualities. I don’t disagree that the qualities you mention are good but they aren’t limited to set of people. They are choices anyone can make. Being American isn’t about being a specific religion or a specific race. It’s about hard work, self-sacrifice, pioneerism, entrepreneurialism. Those qualities transcend ethnicity. So I agree with you about promoting those qualities. In my opinion, you can’t do it in the same terms that you use for Israel being Jewish.

      • tz1

        So should America limit citizens and immigrants to those with the protestant work ethic and thrift, etc?

        • Bryan

          No. For one, Catholics and Eastern Orthodox believers hold a similar work ethic. So do Jews for the most part and many Muslims. Second, as other articles on the Stream have mentioned, small numbers of immagrants can be absorbed by the population and the overall effect is assimilation. Last, the US of A is for all who simply want the freedom and responsibility of self-determinatation and self-government. That can be in born or learned. It really doesn’t matter which.

    • Starlord616

      The reason is simple. The Jews are Gods chosen people. Europeans are not .And your state would be anti Christian because there is no difference between Jews or anyone else in this present age.

      • tz1

        Do Jews need to accept Jesus Christ to be saved?

        • Starlord616

          Yes.

  • AdamBGraham

    This article comes across like a joke. Many of the “counter-arguments” are simple ridicule. Anyone familiar with the history of how Israel came to be and came to hold power will at least understand why regional neighbors have an ax to grind. And it has little to do with religion as a small fraction of Jews in Israel now or in the past are even religious. Why and how the Holocaust justifies displacement and oppression of a native people is far more complicated than anything presented here.

    • Tim Pan

      are you an anti-semite?

      • AdamBGraham

        Lol, no. I am an anti-Zionist, though.

        • Tim Pan

          same thing.

  • What’s amazing is that only 90% of Palistinians hold anti Semitic views. The Koran itself, which contains the voice of Satan, speaks ill of Jews in the most abusive way. Islam perpetuates hatred of Jews.

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