The Moose inveighs against a colossal error.
For thousands of years, the Jewish people have had an attachment to the land of Israel. They had a state there long before most of the nations of the world existed. And the return to the land that began in the late nineteen century was long overdue.
The great mistake was that Israel was not created long before the Nazis could murder six million Jews. Unlike any other people, however, the Jewish people have to constantly justify their nationhood - sometimes even to other Jews.
This was what Richard Cohen wrote yesterday in the Washington Post,
"The greatest mistake Israel could make at the moment is to forget that Israel itself is a mistake. It is an honest mistake, a well-intentioned mistake, a mistake for which no one is culpable, but the idea of creating a nation of European Jews in an area of Arab Muslims (and some Christians) has produced a century of warfare and terrorism of the sort we are seeing now. Israel fights Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south, but its most formidable enemy is history itself."
Yes, perhaps the Jews would have fared better if they had emigrated to Canada. But, history is a funny thing. Israel is the land of Jewish destiny. The great mistake is that much of the world, with the notable exception of America, thinks that the Jews will again play the historical role of the victim. The great mistake is that Israel will merely "hunker down" in the words of Mr. Cohen.
No, Mr. Cohen - Israel will thrive. Israel will prosper. Israel will continue to bring forth poets, doctors, writers and entrepreneurs. And yes, Mr. Cohen, Israel will continue to be the home of warriors who will defend the Jewish state.
The real mistake is being made by Mr. Cohen. Israel is truly a moral success story. While Europe loses the will to fight for its values and others in the West seek to appease evil, Israel will continue to battle for the Judeo-Christian truths that created and animate liberal civilization.
So, don't cry for Israel, Mr. Cohen - that would be a grave mistake. --