I'll be an anti-semite if you'll be anti-american. We'll call it even.
Anti-American? I referred to an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that you brought up.
And if you mean the 1948 war in which a ragtag bunch of outnumbered,
disgruntled Arabs made a disunited and feeble attempt to immediately
retake Israel, then I think you are out of your mind. The Jews won that
war for the same reason the North won the civil war: more troops and
better armed. All the jews from around the world went to Israel to
Oh, please. The Arabs had no reason to "take back" Israel and they were not a ragtag bunch of disgruntled people. (The statement alone is racist.) They were also not "disunited". King Abdullah of Jordan led them.
All the Jews around the world went to Israel to defend it? 4 years after the Holocaust? What are "all the Jews in the world"? In your conspiracy theory Jews are probably rich and powerful but the reality is that Jews worldwide didn't have those resources, especially not a few years after WW2.
The Jews had neither more troops nor better weapons.
And do have a look at the leaders of the conflict. And I don't mean King Abdullah.
Anyway, I find it interesting how a genocidal war started to exterminate the Jews of Israel becomes "a ragtag bunch of outnumbered, disgruntled Arabs made a disunited and feeble attempt to immediately retake Israel".
Fantastic. Arabs outnumbered by Jews. That'll be the day!
And I am getting the feeling that this is all coming from the "jews are
god's chosen people" argument. Why do people believe something so
absurd? If the jews won, they had some sort of advantage, probably
technological or logistical. It is the only explanation.
Why do people believe it?
I can tell you why.
There are entire countries that want to exterminate the Jews. Historically, several countries have managed to murder nearly half of the Jewish population at a given time, yet the Jews and Jewish culture and religion survived.
In Europe Jews walking on the streets are still being attacked when they look like Jews. Yet they have faith and stay true to their heritage and religion.
When dozens of Arab countries with a population of several hundred million attack a country of a few million Jews, the Jewish country survives, despite having no American support (in 1967) and despite the attackers having all the Soviet equipment they could want. And Israel still survives.
A Jewish rabbi, Jesus his name, convinced half the world that the Jewish G-d is the true G-d and shaped the culture of the western world.
An Ishmaeli named Muhammed, believed in the Jewish religion and convinced another third of the world of the one true G-d and shaped the culture of the eastern world.
And Jerusalem, the Jewish holy city, is the centre of so many wars because everyone wants a part of it. It's the holy city of Judaism (and was it first), of Christianity (BECAUSE of Judaism), and a holy city of Islam (BECAUSE of Judaism).
People believe it because coincidence does not explain why the same people preserve the same culture all over the world for thousands of years while under the constant threat of being exterminated. Coincidence does not explain why in Dublin, with so many mosques, it is the Reform synagogue that is found with swastikas painted on it one morning. Coincidence does not explain why 1 million Jews from Arab countries fled to Israel and were welcomed and cared for (although not as well as they deserved). And coincidence does not explain why religious, traditional, and completely secular Jews still feel a common bond.
It's not absurd; their faith is the best weapon the Jews have.
And yes, there is an "only" explanation. It is logistical. A people united by a common tradition and law and a strong belief in education and loyalty to one's friends WILL succeed against evil.
If you don't believe in G-d and a "chosen people", that's fine. But don't call it absurd when you have never had the experiences that could explain the belief to you.
When I was a student in Haifa and Hizbullah shot rockets into my university to, as the Hizbullah leader Nasrallah explained, kill all the Jews that came from all the countries in the world, I understood that there was something special about the Jewish people. NO OTHER PEOPLE is consistently being targeted by murderers. None.
G-d's chosen people, I believe. It's chosen for what I do not know...
And when I go to the synagogue tonight I know I will walk home without my kippa on my head, because I am afraid. I am afraid because Jews are chosen for SOMETHING and that they are can become apparent to anyone who looks like a Jew in the wrong neighbourhood.
Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each
year, which is roughly one-fifth of America's entire foreign aid
budget. In per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a
direct subsidy worth about $500 per year.
I am sorry that preventing another Holocaust costs you so much.
But I grew up in Germany and have seen what statements like
"Rise as one man and fight for your sacred rights. Kill the Jews
wherever you find them. This pleases God, history, and religion. This
saves your honor. God is with you."
can do to people. (Quote is from 1944, said, on radio, by the first leader of the "Palestinian cause", a man still much admired in the Arab world.)
I appreciate the support of Christians, even those that I disagree with strongly about all sorts of subjects. I always think that life comes first, and science/evolution/creation etc. comes second.
As a German, I appreciate that there are (now) so many who will not make the same mistake the Germans have made and the Arabs are still making.
And as a believer in G-d, I appreciate that obvious miracles are not seen as "absurd" (and maybe they cheated by using American weapons before America was an ally) by everyone.
Shalom laArtzot havrit (peace for the United States),