Fact is, American Jews vote overwhelmingly Democratic. The support for Israel shown by the GOP has done squat to change the political views of the great majority of Chosen People. It can only be surmised, that the survival of Israel is not important to the great majority of American Jews.
A lot of ink has been spilled, trying to explain this apparent contradiction. David Horowitz, the former lefty-radical turned uber-conservative, was raised by classic, New York city Jewish communists. His books about his early upbringing, and younger days of rabble-rousing leftism during the Hippie Daze, are fascinating historical reading. He describes very clearly how his political beliefs evolved, in response to events and experiences in his life. He also describes the way his former friends and political-allies turned on him like a pit of adders, when he started questioning their left-wing orthodoxy.
THE IMPORTA NCE OF THIS TEXT
b y D a v i d H o r o w i t z
The War in the Middle East is nearly sixty years old. Most
people alive today are unfamiliar with its history and origins and lack
knowledge of its facts. This state of ignorance provides a fertile ground
for the unscrupulous to create myths that will justify their destructive
agendas. The political propaganda machine has created many such
myths to fuel their war against the Jewish state.
Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East that elects its leaders
in free elections and guarantees rights to its citizens, and honors
those rights. Yet Israel is the target of those who claim to be fighting
for “human rights.” There are about a million and a half Arabs living
as citizens in Israel who elect representatives to Israel’s parliament
and who have more rights than the Arab citizens of any Arab state.
Yet Israel is the target of those who claim to be fighting for “social
justice.” Israel’s very creation is referred to by its Arab enemies as "the
Nakba", or the “catastrophe,” the clear implication of which is that
Israel should not exist. Yet Israel is the target of those who claim to
support self-determination and oppose genocide. Israel was the victim
– at its very birth -- of an unprovoked aggression by five Arab monarchies
and dictatorships. It has been the target of an Arab war that
has continued uninterruptedly for nearly sixty years because the Arab
states have refused to make peace. Yet Israel is the target of those who
say they want “peace.” Israel is the victim of terrorist attacks – suicide
bombings – which along with the Jews they mark for extinction,
kill Palestinian women and children as well. Yet Israel is the target of
those who claim to speak for humanity and a future that is “free.”
How is this possible? How can evil be dressed in the garments of
justice? How can a genocidal war to destroy a democratic people be
justified as a struggle for “national liberation?”
They can through the creation of political myths that rationalize
aggression and justify war against civilian populations.
In George Orwell’s futuristic novel, 1984, the Ministry of Truth
for the totalitarian state proclaims: Knowledge Is Ignorance; Freedom
The nature of political doublespeak never changes and its agenda is always the same: Obliteration of historical memory in the service of power. “The struggle of man against power,” wrote
the Czech writer, Milan Kundera, “is the struggle of memory against
forgetting.” Only a restored memory can demolish totalitarian myths
and make men free.
David Meir-Levi has written a text that restores the memory of
the facts that lie at the heart of the conflict in the Middle East. These
facts are crucial not only to the restoration of the history that politics
has obscured, but to the survival of a people who live in the shadow
of their own destruction. Everyone interested in justice will want to
read this little book.