by Prof. Raphael Israeli
An article by Ben Weinthal published in the Weekly Standard of July 1st, claims that Israel is loathed in Europe due to the latter’s need to alleviate its guilt of the Holocaust by projecting the Nazi horrors, and the collaboration of other European countries with them, on Israel which wished to “exterminate the Palestinians” nowadays and by equating the Warsaw Ghetto with Gaza. Horrifying and hypocritical as this may be, it perhaps reflects part of the truth, but not all of it.
Remember the infamous remark made by the French Ambassador in
One has to remember that Israel has not been the only object of European loathing, but the US too, under the leadership of George Bush, who dared to lead the Western battle against terrorism but was vilified as an “uncultured cowboy” from Texas who dragged the world into an interminable succession of wars calculated to serve the interests of American neo-cons and their Israeli collaborators. Notice was taken, at the same time, that wherever and whenever a demonstration against Israel took place by Muslims and their leftist and rightist supporters throughout Europe, Israeli and American flags were burned simultaneously in a never ending orgy of hatred and disrespect for the great country which rescued them from slavery on more than one occasion, and for its “underling” Israel, which fought for its existence.
Any thinking European who looks at present day Israel is stunned by its unparalleled achievements: it stands as an island of economic prosperity while the Euro bloc is in crisis, unemployment is high and economic growth is stifled; Israel has the highest absolute number of high-tech start-ups (after the US), that is more than all Europe combined; in the past decade, Israel’s scientists were the recipients or more Nobel prizes than all the European countries combined; Israel was the only country which has kept Islamic terror at bay, while European countries are surrendering to it one after the other; Israel’s late start with farming and dairy production has surpassed in productivity and quality the centuries old European experience in this domain; and all this against the background of disproportionate security expenditure to defend against the existential threats that are mushrooming around her and the daily battle to protect her borders and citizens. Quite an accomplishment for a little shitty country, so despised and hated by the anti-Semitic elite of the old continent, less by the elites and governments of the new
The only other people and country which have forged an economic comeback after the world crisis, and have proportionately won the greatest numbers of Nobel Prize laureates, are the despised and hated war-mongers and uncultured Americans.
Naturally, the populace in Europe may not be all aware of these underlying reasons for the hatred their elites and governments display towards Jews,
Prof. Raphael Israeli is a professor at
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