Zionism and Truth
by Alan Hart
If Zionism could have been honest it would have said, in public, after the Nazi holocaust and Israel’s unilateral declaration of independence in 1948, something like the following… Jews can never again trust Gentiles. We take it as a given that Jews will always be hated and that the monster of anti-Semitism will go on the rampage again. The Zionist state exists to be the refuge of last resort for Jews everywhere and is thus an insurance policy to guarantee the survival of the Jewish people. We will do whatever it takes to maintain this guarantee, and if what we do causes our state to be regarded as a pariah by the rest of the world, well, the rest of the world can go to hell.
This truth could not be told because telling it would have been to admit, even to proclaim, that Zionism had no time or need for, and was estranged from, the moral principles and teachings of Judaism.
Unable to tell the truth, Zionism had to tell a lie to justify its actions. The lie was that Israel - a Zionist state NOT a Jewish state - was in constant danger of annihilation. Except in Arab rhetoric, it never was. Not in 1948. Not in 1967. And not in 1973.
According to the first and still existing draft of Judeo-Christian history, Israel went to war in 1967 either because the Arabs attacked first or were intending to attack. The truth is that this was a war of Israeli aggression, not self-defense. Avi Shlaim was both right and wrong when he wrote in The Iron Wall that Israel did not go to war to take territory. The government of Israel headed by Prime Minister Eshkol with Rabin as chief of staff, did NOT; but Defense Minister Dayan, imposed upon Eshkol at the last minute in something close to a military coup, DID. The truth is that Dayan set a trap for Nasser and, for reasons of face, he was daft enough to walk into it. For Dayan the war of 1967 was about the creation of Greater Israel, Zionism’s unfinished business of 1948.
Part of the untold truth (revealed in my book) is that the Arab regimes and elites secretly shared the hope of Zionism and the major powers - that there would not be a regeneration of Palestinian nationalism after the Palestine file had been closed by Israel’s victory on the battlefield in 1948. The Palestine file was supposed to have remained closed for ever because, if it was re-opened, there would at some point have to be a confrontation with Zionism - i.e. if the major powers were not to have to admit that there was nothing they would or could do to right the terrible wrong done to the Palestinians; and if the Arab regimes were not to be exposed as all the things they are - impotent and incompetent on account of their divisions, and corrupt and repressive.
So far as Zionism, the major powers and Arab regimes and elites were concerned but could never say, Arafat’s real crime was that he caused the Palestine file to be re-opened.
WHY THE JEWISH SILENCE?
As some courageous anti-Zionist Jews and Israelis have said, mainstream diaspora Jewish silence on the matter of the Zionist state’s behaviour is, effectively, “complicity” in its crimes and its preference for land without peace. So why the silence?
As noted in the updated Acknowledgments of my book, the main reason is fear of the future and thus the perceived need, perhaps, one day, for Israel as a refuge of last resort. I write that, because of the past, mainstream diaspora Jews are so fearful of the future - unspeakably terrified not just frightened - that they are frozen in silence, unable more than unwilling to criticise Israel. They fear that if they do, they could undermine the wellbeing and security of Israel as their insurance policy. Effectively, silence on the matter of the Zionist state’s behaviour is the diaspora’s contribution (at least as important as the money) to the maintenance of the insurance policy.
The tragedy is that the Zionist state’s behaviour has re-awakened the sleeping giant of anti-Semitism, and by their silence and complicity mainstream diaspora Jews are assisting Zionism to become a self-fulfilling prophesy of doom. They are also standing idly by while Zionism demolishes the moral foundations of Judaism.
Is there a way to encourage mainstream diaspora Jews to end their silence? (And play their necessary and essential part in persuading Israel to make peace on the basis of a genuine two-state solution, a proposition almost all Palestinians and most other Arabs accepted many years ago, mainly because of Arafat’s pragmatism and courage). The only possible way I can see is with the assistance of a NEW COVENANT, not between the Jews and their God but between the Jews and the Gentiles. I call for this in the Epilogue of my book which is titled The Jews as the Light Unto Nations.
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