September 18, 2012

No room for scheming

Jews are smart and traditionally have been weak. Thus the national proclivity for scheming. Jews proudly recall historical examples of successful scheming, but forget that there have been many more defeats. The Jews who concluded treaties with Assyria, Rome, and Persia thought that they had outsmarted their enemies. Poland, France, Russia—the list of defective partnerships is endless. The errors often degenerated into bloody pogroms, but in the end Gentile governments interfered, and preserved the remnants of domestic Jewry. The situation is different in Israel. By the time the West interfered—even supposing it would—Arabs could overrun Israel. Gentile governments have acted as last-resort protectors of Jews against annihilation, but won’t shield Israel against assimilation or loss of sovereignty. A Jewish state presupposes Jewish responsibility, with no other recourse or room for errors.
Israelis believe they can outsmart the Arabs. That the Palestinians would be satisfied with a minuscule state cut into two parts while the Jews thrive across the border on the land the Palestinians consider theirs. That Israeli Arabs would be content with institutional discrimination when they cannot obtain prestigious ministerial appointments. That Israeli Arabs would take Jewish money and accept the token Jewishness of Israel, be it the Jew-only Law of Return or the very Jewish anthem, The Hope. Outsmarting an opponent, like every lie, is a short-term tactic. It works—if at all—when the winner can fix the achievements, and the loser cannot demand a return to status quo ante. Israel wrongly presumes that politically correct Western-leaning Jewish politicians have outfoxed the artful Arabs. Israel is still more wrong to presume that the temporary Arab acquiescence to Jewish dominance will last long.

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