Israel, the Left, and the Jews: A brief synopsis

ByCAREN BESNER
March 3, 2014 11:39

What is there in the Jewish psyche that impels many of us to act as advocates for everyone else’s cause but our own?

Israeli and Palestinian left-wing activists hold placards during a protest

Israeli and Palestinian left-wing activists hold placards during a protest to show solidarity with Palestinians in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya January 4, 2013. (photo credit:REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)

CLAUSEWITZ once said, “War is the continuation of politics by other means.” Both war and politics are subjects that Israel understands well. Re-established in our ancient homeland after 2000 years of exile, Israel was born out of the world’s revulsion after the extent of the Nazi Holocaust became known. It has hardly experienced a moment of peace since its inception.

The Soviet Union initially supported the establishment of a Jewish state and this is an important point to remember; without Soviet support, the creation of Israel would have been impossible. Most of the Middle East during the post-WWII era was under the direct or indirect control of Great Britain and France; both of whom were allies of the United States in the newly emerging Cold War.

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