* Speaking to a gathering of American Jewish leaders, Israel's distinguished Ambassador to the United Nations said: "If only there was the State of Israel in 1939, the Holocaust would not have happened."
* In conjunction with a visit by Israel-Defense-Forces Chief of Staff, Israel-Air-Force Bombers took off from Tel Aviv, flew to Auschwitz and returned safely to their base. The symbolic implication is clear: Had Israel existed, Auschwitz, would have been bombed.
* Both Benjamin Netanyahu and Abba Eban z"l have said: "A retreat to the borders of 1967 is a retreat to the borders of Auschwitz."
* I received the following two email messages in a buildup to the Annapolis Conference:
In 1938, the world was silent while 6,000,000 Jews were systematically brutally murdered. More than 20,000,000 men, women, handicapped, aged, sick, prisoners of war, forced laborers, camp inmates, critics, homosexuals, Slavs, Serbs, Germans, Czechs, Italians, Poles, French, Ukrainians, and many others were murdered along with the Jews. Among them 1,000,000 were children under eighteen years of age. Hitler told Himmler that it was not enough for the Jews simply to die; they must die in agony.--Robert Payne, The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler
* The implications to the author were clear; the world is being silent as Israel is now on the verge of extinction and Jews are facing an agonizing death.
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What unites all of these statements is both the juxtaposition of Israel and the Holocaust; what also unites these statements is how profoundly wrong they are.
Israel's distinguished Ambassador condensed two very different observations, both true and both important--to make a statement that could not be true.
The Yishuv--the Jewish settlement in pre-state Israel--was one of the few places on earth willing to receive refugees as it did throughout the 1930s. The British White Paper of 1939 limited Jewish immigration to 15,000 a year, precisely at the moment when getting Jews out of Europe was literally a matter of life and death.
We know that some two out of three Jews in Europe were killed. Another way of reading that statistic is that somewhat over 80% of the Jews in lands occupied by Germany and its allies who did not escape Europe or did not escape to the Soviet Union were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.
Israel today might have the ability to respond to a major threat to Jews in the Diaspora as it did time and again in the last quarter of the 20th century. But one cannot compare Israel today with the small and relatively defenseless Yishuv of 1939-1944. The Jewish population was then approximately 400,000. From 1944-1948 the Jewish population increased by fully 50% due to the influx …