Israel’s Peculiar Position

Reprinted from Los Angeles Times.

The article below was written 43 years ago. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.  Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem.

Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese and no one says a word about refugees.

But in the case of Israel , the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single one. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.

Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious, it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world. Other nations, when they are defeated, survive and recover but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed.

Had Nasser triumphed last June [1967], he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews. No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on.

There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Blacks are executed in Rhodesia .But, when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one demonstrated against him.

The Swedes, who were ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we did in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his troops in Norway .

The Jews are alone in the world.

If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources. Yet at this moment, Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally.We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us.

And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer [1967] had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war, to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.

I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us.
Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us all.

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  • Alexander Gofen

    Thank you for republishing this prophetic quote of the great Christian Zionist. Just as the Biblical prophecies ignored by the contemporaries were consequently deemed to come true, so too is going to happen with this prophecy of Hoffer…

    • Sallie G. Schaffer

      Eric Hoffer was not a christian. Eric this genius, was a Jew. I read much of what he wrote and he was a prophet and a philosopher. Look into to this and you will see that I am correct.

      • Alexander Gofen

        See below.

    • Alexander Gofen

      Sallie, I have learned that Eric Hoffer was exactly Christian Zionist from a very knowledgeable author of the monograph

      The Axis of World History, by Yuri Okunev

      He wrote about Eric Hoffer many times in this encyclopedic work.

  • Bamaguje

    I doubt if LA Times would publish such an article today.
    In fact with the currently pervasive politically-correct Muslim-appeasing dhimmitude, they might want to take back the article.

  • C M F

    43 years ago? It appears in the Bible, Numbers 23:9 "the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations"

  • Alex Kovnat

    My favorite Eric Hoffer observation: Troublemakers are not different from the rest of us because they have personal problems. They are different in that they seek public solutions for their personal problems.

  • montlasky

    That says it all. Maybe the Jews were destined to save the world from itself without the help from anyone mortal!

  • Matt

    There is no rational manner whereby anyone can explain the bias aimed at Israel since its re birth in 1948, nor the fact that it still survives, when you consider the overwhelming odds stacked against it.
    Given that Israel has survived 3 major wars whereby its enemies intent was to wipe it from the map, one has to consider that the tiny nation of Israel is under divine protection.
    Weather you agree of disagree, I can see no other explanation.

    • mikeb

      Point well-taken.

  • Herman Caintonette

    Article: "There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Blacks are executed in Rhodesia .But, when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one demonstrated against him."

    Who is the idiot who wrote this?

    We were too busy fighting a war to bother with demonstrating, and anyone who dared to demonstrate against Hitler in Germany would join the Jews. Besides, it was one of the best-kept secrets of WWII.

    "The Swedes, who were ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we did in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews."

    What did the Swedes know, when did they know it, and what would have happened to them if they did something about it?

    • Advocatus

      Herman, you'd be well advised to brush up on your knowledge of WWII. "That best-kept secret" of yours was pretty well known by Allied military intelligence circles by 1942 when the extermination of Jews was in full swing. Surely, you're not suggesting that operating vast concentration camps like Auschwitz with all the extensive logistical operations it entailed somehow went unnoticed throughout the war?

      It's another question entirely whether the exigencies of war made it desirable for the Allies to stop or at least hamper the ongoing slaughter of European Jews by diverting precious military resources to the task.

      Then again, seeing as you never cease shedding crocodile tears over the presumed plight of the Palestinians, I doubt you could care less about the facts, though.

      Keep up the good work.

    • stern

      Do not engage with this vile anti-Semitic poster. The only way to rid these pages of this horrendous filth is to ignore it completely.

      On Nov 15, the following comment was posted on these pages by Herman Caintonette:

      “[Palestinians] deserve to have a state on the land that was stolen from them. If killing Jewish kids aids in this endeavor, morally speaking, they are legitimate targets. "By any means necessary," intoned Malcolm X.”

    • Western Canadian

      This moron pretends to be educated, and has no idea who hoffer is. ’nuff said.

  • Larry

    To: Herman Caintonette:
    You have your history all wrong. The slaughter of the Jews was done with the worlds approval. Nobody cared about the men, women and children who were shot, gassed and shoved into ovens. Germany set up factories to dispose of millions of Jews. As far as protesting against Hitler he could not kill millions of his own people and fight a war. The people of Europe were his willing executioners. As far as winning the war Hitler lost the war when in 1940 he invaded Russia. What's amazing is that millions of people that didn't care about the killing of Jews went to church on Sunday and prayed to their jewish GOD.
    If by some miracle Christ came down from heaven and landed in Germany at that time he would have been given a tattoo on his arm , gassed and cremated.

    • Ghostwriter

      Actually,this was all done in secret. Few knew about it and if anyone protested it,they would end up where the Jews were. From what I knew about the American solders who came into those places,they were absolutely horrified. They couldn't believe places like this existed. And I don't think anyone wanted to believe that anyone could do that.

      • JoJoJams

        There were rumors early on….But you're correct in one aspect….NO ONE wanted to believe that it could actually be/happen. So, people chose not to believe the whispered rumors. Besides….they were just "jews"….

  • Marty

    Eric Hoffer was more right than even he knew. We can look forward to the global Jew-hate festival that will result after Israel attacks iran's nuclear installations or the joyful expressions of relief if the the attacks fail to achieve their objective. Israel and Jews are not completely alone, though. Millions of real Christians (excluding most catholics, presbyterians, lutherans, orthodox, and methodists) are supportive and will sanction Israel's decision to defend itself against genocidal islamic thugs and fanatics.

    • mikeb

      Yep. The mainline Christian denominations are saturated with antisemitism. Irrational contempt for Israel and its Jews.

  • g_jochnowitz

    In 1969, I wrote "The Left Is Soft on Anti-Semitism." It appeared in the VILLAGE VOICE.

  • Flipside

    BOO HOO! Why are Jews alone not allowed to do ethnic cleansing? Life is so unfair! I have a dream that the sons of Hitler and the Sons of Abraham will sit down together and commit genocide in a state of total equality and brotherhood.

    • Advocatus

      Be that as it may, get off your Kool-Aid. It seems to be affecting your mental health.

    • stern

      flopside, you're an idiot. The problem is not that the Jews are 'allowed' to ethnically cleanse anyone. It's that they DON'T ethnically cleanse anyone!!!! How the heck do you think the Arab population of Israel and the Palestinian population of the West Bank (2.09% growth rate) and Gaza (3.2% growth rate) keep growing? It doesn't quite jibe with your anti-Semitic theory, does it?

    • UCSPanther

      You're still sore that Gamal Nasser and Anwar Sadat got defeated royally from their attempts on Israel, aren't you?

      The Arab world is a long way from having anything even close to the UAR alliance that Nasser was able to forge and they are too busy fighting over religion and power to even have a remotely cohesive working relationship.

      Just take a good hard look at Syria: 100% Zionistrein, and they are still fighting….

    • ziontruth

      "BOO HOO! Why are Jews alone not allowed to do ethnic cleansing? Life is so unfair!"

      When the time comes and we boot out all the Arab colonist land-thieves from the Land of Israel, rest assured we will not be asking permission from any other nation to do so. It is the Jewish nation's right as the only true Palestinian nation; expelling en masse a murderous enemy population is within every nation's right for the sake of its survival, and needs no consultation prior.

      Ethnic cleansing is the kinder alternative to genocide. If you mix under the same political roof two or more nations that hate each other, then you will have genocide. Pave the road to hell with your good, enlightened multiculturalist intention all you want, but not on the Jewish nation's expense. Multiculturalism is treason.

  • Kuffar

    Being alone in the world is nothing new to Jews. It will make it so much sweeter when the God of Hosts destroys and humiliates the enemies of Israel. It won't be pretty but it will be fun to watch…

    • UCSPanther

      Just ask Gamal Nasser…

      They not only have some good minds behind their defensive efforts, but they have produced some pretty tenacious warriors, such as those two IDFAF airmen who single-handedly took on a whole squadron of Egyptian fighters during the Yom Kippur war.

    • ziontruth

      Amen, amen, may it be soon. "From Thy place, our King, appear, for we are waiting for Thee."

  • Ben

    Israel is alone among the crowds of Jewish anti-Zionists( small but noisy heap) who actively participate in any ant-israel action.
    Jews must fight these the most dangerouse enemy.

  • sod

    Mythology(?): 'I'll bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you'

    Fact(!): Hitler killed himself, Arabs suffered chaos because of their support of Hitler. USSR crumbled into pieces. The whole European countris are suffering financially because of their attitude toward Israel. US had become the world power after WWII and now is turning around to the other direction because the leaders' attitudes toward Israel changed.

  • mlcblog

    A sadly timeless piece by a man I have long admired.

  • LindaRivera

    "Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us all."

    Although little Israel, is a victim of global jihad, Western nations' cruel leaders demand that Israel surrender to global jihad and give up half her land to genocidal enemies bent on Jewish genocide. If Israel were to fall, the Free World WILL fall.