Magazine article The Spectator

Don't Blame the Jews

Magazine article The Spectator

Don't Blame the Jews

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Sir: Jonathan Mirsky's review of Mearsheimer and Walts's The Israel Lobby & US Foreign Policy: The very special relationship (Books, 29 September) demonstrates how insidious the discourse about Israel has become. Mirsky talks glibly about 'Israel's expulsion of most of its Palestinian population'. No serious historian would support this assertion. In 1948, when Israel was established following the 1947 United Nations vote, the surrounding Arab states attacked with the aim of destroying the fledgling state.

Many Palestinian Arabs fled, mainly to escape the fighting, some heeding the instructions of the Arab command to clear the field for the onslaught against the Jews, and some because of Israeli military action.

To blame everything on the Jews seems to stray into very dangerous territory.

He goes on to claim that '[Israel] is immeasurably stronger than all of [its adversaries]'. …

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