He learned from the early Zionist leader Yehuda Pinsker's seminal pamphlet, Auto-Emancipation, that Zionism rejects utopianism. Netanyahu's own lesson from the Spanish Inquisition is that for Jews, assimilation is as much of a utopian path as socialism. As Pinsker, and later Theodor Herzl made clear, the only way for Jews to be redeemed is by doing it themselves.
In his study of Pinsker from 1944, Netanyahu wrote, "Pinsker thought that normal relations between national groupings are not based on mutual affection but on mutual respect."
According to Pinsker, what distinguished exile Jews from all other nations was the Jews' failure to understand this basic truth. For the Zionist movement to succeed in liberating the Jews, its leaders needed to demand and command the respect - not the sympathy - of other nations.
AS NETANYAHU showed in his 1937 article on Herzl's Zionist doctrine, Herzl, the man who built the diplomatic and legal edifice upon which the State of Israel was created, believed that Zionism rested on two essential foundations: international recognition of the Jews' right to sovereignty over the Land of Israel; and Jewish military capacity to defend those sovereign rights.
What Herzl found was that it was much easier to secure international recognition of the rights of the Jewish people than it is to convince the Jews to muster the courage to demand, seize and defend those rights.
The challenges the world Netanyahu departed last week present to the Jews bear striking similarities to those that faced the Jews throughout our history, and certainly since the dawn of modern Zionism. Unlike the options Abravanel had to weigh, since the dawn of modern Zionism, our leaders have had the option of demanding and commanding the respect of the nations of the world and so securing the lives of the Jews and nationhood of the Jewish people in our land.
Netanyahu argued that the tragedy of Zionism is that the leaders who took over after Herzl's death - first and foremost Ahad Ha'am and Chaim Weizmann - lacked the courage to demand the rights of their nation, preferring to be loved than respected.
Today the heirs of the failed utopian movements of the last century have joined forces with the jihadist heirs of the Mufti of Jerusalem to deny the Jewish people our sovereign rights to our land. If they succeed they will finally and irrevocably destroy Herzl's greatest achievement.
The most ardent hope that comes through clearly in Netanyahu's life work is that the Jews find a leader of Herzl's stature, capable of demanding and commanding the world's recognition and respect for our rights, and the ability to finish Herzl's work by convincing the Jewish people that it is our right and our duty to assert and secure our destiny in our land.
FP: Emphasis mine. This is what I mean when I keep stressing that (1) the Jews, including the Israelis, have not learned the true lesson of not just the Holocaust, but the entire Jewish history and (2) Israel has a serious leadership crisis. Each time Israel makes a concession to Arabs to appease the world, they are inviting not respect, but contempt. And each time an assimilated Diaspora Jew strives for affection by distancing himself from Israel, he deludes himself.
I am adding the following as evidence of that delusion.
Debbie Schlussel: Toronto Muslim School Issues Phony “Apology” for Teaching Jew-Hatred
I frankly don’t want, don’t need, and would never accept any such phony “apology” from Muslims who said what they really believe in the first place and haven’t changed, in this case of a Toronto Muslim school . . . which is NOT unique to that school but common to Muslims all over the world, including all over North America. And “opening the doors” of a Muslim school to the Jewish community won’t change a thing–it will only be a PR opportunity for the Muslim haters to pretend they don’t hate, when we all know the Jew-hatred is an inherent teaching of Islam. As you read this story, note that the mosque is a Shi’ite mosque that supports Iran and Hezbollah. Given that, there is no point in even considering any apology for their very real and eternal Jew-hatred of which there will be more because there are more and more of them coming into North America. Complaining about their Jew-teaching hatred once they are here is too little, too late. It’s like complaining about the effects of cancer, after you’ve willingly contracted it.
Jewish community leaders say an apology from an east-Toronto Islamic school which taught Jews are “treacherous” and “crafty” is a good start, but not nearly enough.
Avi Benlolo, president of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre of Toronto, said Tuesday that East End Madrassah (EEM), which teaches courses on Sundays from rented space at an east-end public school, should open its doors to the Jewish community and Ontario’s Ministry of Education so the groups can oversee the reworking of its teaching curriculum.
Benlolo’s reaction came several hours after the EEM school issued a statement apologizing to the Jewish community for a lesson in its curriculum that was teaching young Muslim students that Jews are “crafty,” “treacherous,” comparable to Nazis and allegedly plotted to kill the Prophet Mohammed. According to the apology, the inclusion of the offending content in the curriculum was “unintentional.”
FP: How in the hell could this have been “unintentional”???? They are not even smart enough to lie well. And they don’t really have to, there is enough gullibility out there—including Jews—to buy it.
There is already rising anti-Semitism in North America. More Muslim immigration and it will be a replication of Europe here.