Why Didn’t Anti-Semitism Go Away?

That is the subject of Edward Witten’s article in the New Republic.  The first Zionist leaders – Herzl, Jabotinsky, Pinsker – all believed that a Jewish homeland would solve the problem of anti-Semitism.  Sixty years after the establishment of the State of Israel, anti-Semitism is far from disappearing.  In Europe, the United States and the Moslem world, anti-Semitism is alive and kicking.  According to Witten, the world has simply adjusted its anti-Semitism to accommodate the reality of the State of Israel.  In this new form, anti-Semitism has become anti-Zionism.  The Arab world has convinced much of the international community that Israel’s sovereignty is at worst illegitimate and at best limited.  That the destruction of the Zionist dream is inevitable.

“One thing is clear: those who urge the Jews to accommodate the Arabs instead of pressing the Arabs to cease their aggression against the Jews are perpetuating history’s most fatal system of political complementarity.  Arab leaders have insisted all along that Zionism has no future, confident that “time is on their side,” that their demographic advantages and their culture of conquest will eventually prevail against the no-fail target. The future of Zionism, or the success of anti-Jewish politics in yet a third millennium, depends in the here and now on Jewish courage and democratic support.”

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