The problem with Israel: Nazism

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

Israel has a problem. That problem can be described in one word: Nazism. It’s a problem that won’t go away.

Nazism is racist. It promotes superiority over others. It believes in the use of force to prove its supremacy. It believes genocide is a legitimate means to political ends.

Israel is regularly accused of being the new Nazi regime. But as Efraim Karsh has suggested (“The war against the Jews”, from Israel Affairs, July 2012, pp. 319-343, as reprinted in Middle East Forum), the truth of the matter is that if there is indeed a resurgence of Nazism in the Middle East (ibid), that resurgence doesn’t come from Israel. It comes from Israel’s Arab neighbours.

You see this Nazism clearly in the Arab world's vile anti-Semitic propaganda. You see it in the persistent Arab commitment to Israel's destruction.

In numberless articles, scholarly writings, books, cartoons, and public statements, Arabs paint Jews in the blackest terms imaginable (ibid). It’s an unrelenting drum-beat that’s based upon a Nazi-style hate: it’s pervasive . It's vicious. It's unspeakably racist. You see nothing like it in Israel.

 It’s institutionalized. It’s as integrated into modern Arab culture as it had been in Nazi culture. It’s Nazi Jew-hate ideology reborn as Arab nationalism.

That’s Israel’s Nazi problem. Israel’s neighbours aren’t committed to living side-by-side in peace with the Jewish state. Those neighbours are committed to the Nazi dream: the destruction of the Jews.

In Nazi Germany, that desire focused on Jewish people. Today, it focuses on the Jewish state.

As Karsh writes, Israel is the world's only Jewish state. Zionism is the Jewish people's national liberation movement. But Israel’s Arab neighbours (who demand legitimacy for their own nationalism) absolutely deny Jews the right to their own national self-determination (ibid). Indeed, the Arabs claim that Jews are not even a nation (see the PLO Charter).

Of all the nations in the world, Israel is one of a very, very small number which can actually trace its ‘corporate’ entity and territorial attachment to antiquity (ibid). Arabs who claim ‘Palestinianism’ have no such evidence. As Karsh puts it, such a discriminatory denial of the basic right to nationhood against only one nation while allowing this right to all other groups and communities, however new and tenuous their claim to nationhood, is pure and unadulterated anti-Jewish racism (ibid).

By any conceivable standard, Karsh says, Israel has been an extraordinary success story. It’s shown the world a national rebirth in the ancestral homeland after millennia of exile and dispersion; resuscitation of a dormant biblical language; the creation of a modern, highly educated, technologically advanced, and culturally and economically thriving society, as well as a vibrant liberal democracy in one of the world's least democratic areas. It’s a world leader in agricultural, medical, military, and solar energy technologies, among others; a high-tech superpower attracting more venture capital investment per capita than the United States and Europe; home to one of the world's best health systems and philharmonic orchestras, as well as to ten Nobel Prize laureates (ibid).

Nevertheless, Israel has its Nazi problem because those who imitate Nazi Jew-hate imitate the Nazi demand: get rid of the Jews. This is why all maps of ‘Palestine’ show ‘Palestine’ replacing Israel.

'Palestine' is the poster-child of modern Arab nationalism. That nationalism depends upon Nazi propaganda to weave Jew-hate into its message. Nazism fuels and frames Arab nationalism. 

Without that Nazism, the Arabs would have peace with Israel. Because of it, there will never be peace.

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