Europe’s Jewish problem

EU hostile to Jewish State because Israel’s success flaunts Europe’s failure

By Moshe Dann, YNET

Antipathy for Israel among Europeans is increasing and alarming as campaigns of de-legitimization and vilification spread across the world, fueled by Muslim propaganda and money, whetted by the hunger for oil. Even once friendly European countries, those that helped establish the State of Israel and tried to assist Jews during the Holocaust, have become more hostile towards Israel. Europe’s brief love affair with Israel seems over. Why?

Yoram Hazony, director of Jerusalem’s Shalem Center, offers a unique and compelling perspective:

    “The path of national self-determination … lies beneath the nearly boundless disgust so many feel towards Israel, and especially toward anything having to do with Israel’s attempts to defend itself… It is driven by the rapid advance of a new paradigm that understands Israel, and especially the independent Israeli use of force to defend itself, as illegitimate down to its foundations.”

Still, this does not explain why the right of self-defense, sacrosanct and enshrined in national and international law, does not apply to Israel.

For Europeans today, who did not experience the Holocaust, Israel is a constant reminder of their complicity and guilt in the genocide of Jews. They want to forget it; Israel can’t.

Before and after World War II, the Soviet Union slaughtered, persecuted and enslaved Jews in gulags, sponsored and trained Arab terrorists, and attempted to wipe out Judaism. Eventually, the barriers fell, Jews emigrated, and the USSR folded and became the FSU.

Every time we force European dignitaries to visit Yad Vashem, we rub their noses in what they allowed; a return to scenes of their crimes. We make them pay when they see how vibrant we are and – the ultimate snub, except for Russia – with an army more powerful than their own!

Deliberately, methodically, Europe became Judenrein; instead it has mosques and veils, and primitive Islamic laws to worry about.

Europe rid itself of most of its Jews – some escaped, built a country, and now Israel has a more stable economy than theirs. What an indignity that those whom you punished and persecuted for so long sing and dance before you, and make you pay to see their heritage revealed in archeological sites.

Let Arabs do dirty work

For 2,000 years, Europe expelled or murdered Jews, stole their property, tried to crush their spirit, and yet, they came back even stronger. Jews are on the cutting-edge of everything, while Europe can’t seem to find the tools. It doesn’t make sense.

Jews were supposed to be finished off in ghettos, gas ovens, and slave labor prisons. That didn’t work. Ok, give them a state and let the Arabs, generously supplied by most European governments and corporations, finish them off; that didn’t work either.

Ok, Oslo, a diplomatic coup, land-for-nothing: still undecided. Welcome Iran to do the job, its nuclear reactors built by Russians, French and Germans, financed by the ever-neutral Swiss; well, maybe that will work.

Israel’s success flaunts Europe’s failure. And, despite European economies going down the tubes, EU countries still fund Arab Palestinian hate groups and rescue terrorists. Having used the most powerful forces in the world to eliminate the Jewish people, Europeans must feel frustrated at the audacity of Jews, not only to defend themselves, but to survive as Jews, forcing their leaders to salute a flag that bears a Jewish symbol, and shake hands with Jewish generals.

Instead of their traditional Jew-hatred, Europeans smile, and slip cash to the Arabs to do their dirty work. Condemning Israel is easier than feeling shame.

Jews in Israel are a traumatized people. Traumatized by the Holocaust and by constant Arab terrorism, we are also traumatized by our own leaders who, in the name of peace, emboldened our sworn enemies and exposed us to their murderous efforts. And many Israeli academics never lose an opportunity to condemn the country that pays their salaries. Israel’s media often operate as propaganda machines for the Left.

How Europeans must relish their bigotry when they see Israeli political cartoons, opinion pieces (as “news”), literature and art that depict Israelis as vicious, Jews as despicable, and Judaism as worthless.

Ach, Europe, how you must shiver with humiliation when you need Israeli-produced technology, science and medicine. What angst overtakes you when you must decide whether to boycott Israeli fruit and vegetables, or enjoy them.

Like a supposedly dispatched victim, Israel comes back to haunt Europe, not only to confront it with its strength, but ablaze with Jewishness. What an indignity for Europeans to see flourishing Jewish communities instead of piled corpses, bones of those buried in mass execution pits renewed in Israeli children.

Europe hates Jews, finally, because it hates itself; it knows what European civilization allowed, permitted, and condoned. “Never Again” is the Jewish password; Europeans know it can.

The author is a writer and journalist living in Jerusalem

July 27, 2010 | 1 Comment »

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  1. Dann speaks the truth, but he misses crucial parts of the picture. Europeans, on the whole, are satisfied with their lives. Each person has limited responsibility for himself and his family, while the state pays for services that now requires no effort to obtain. Only the Muslims bestir the Europeans to near panic when they think about it. Since they rarely close their eyes to view their future, they have just begun to find eyes-open and eye-closed just as painful. If Israel can hold on for another 5-10 years, her allies will return.

    Why does Dann not mention the United States? Is not Obama’s attitude conditioned upon a servile Israel, if Israel at all. It is not jealousy that motivates the political class in their opposition. They have already attained sufficient personal security to go about their business without reference to Israel. What motivates the political classes in Europe and the Obama administration is the existence of Israel as a counterpoint to their own systems of government. It is the existence of a successful system other than their own inventions that has blood rushing to their heads. What if the serfs see value in adopting some changes that Israel has implemented? In particular, the lowering of taxes has a motivational effect on peoples’ efforts. Lowering taxes implies a lessening of governmental hegemony. That is a direct threat to the ruling classes, both in Europe and now, with Obama, in America as well. No countervailing practices that are so transparently successful can be allowed, since imitating Israel would imply a diminution of centralized authority.

    Just this morning we read Moshe Arens’ lament of the demise of the native Israeli Lavi fighter. Should it be revived? It is possible! Is it worth the treasure and blood to pursue it again? Just the ability of Israel to utter those thoughts in public drives important people crazy. The Lavi would make short work of the F-35 as a real alternative to its ridiculous expense. If memory serves, the Lavi was dropped by Israel due in part to the pressures applied by the United States to eliminate the competition. Now that Israel is being squeezed, it can squeeze back just a little to bring a more palatable end to the negotiations with the US. Sometimes competitors tolerate each other, but many times they would prefer doing a dance over their bodies. Israel competes and so has many enemies. No one hates Greece or Canada or Uruguay. They are niche players. Israel is in Europe’s face in fruit, vegetables, computers, drugs, armament, research, music, and, of yes, happiness.