Leo Rennert has written a wonderful piece in which he provides the historical background on Israel, on the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, Zionism, and a backdrop on today’s news.
He begins by showing how totally out of touch our educated president is on such matters.
“The date was June 4, 2009. The place: Cairo, the venue for President Obama’s historic speech to the Muslim world.
In pushing for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the President gives equal weight to the national aspirations of both parties. Here’s how he defines Israel’s right to nationhood:
“The aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied. Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust.”
Obama couldn’t have been more wrong.
The roots of Jewish aspirations for a state — what we call Zionism — run much deeper in the cycle of history. The quest for Jewish statehood did not germinate in European persecution — not in the Holocaust, not in the Spanish Inquisition, not in the systematic slaughter of Jews during the Crusades.
To trace Zionist roots, one must rewind the historical tape to a non-European setting some 4,000 years ago. The genesis of Zionism starts with the Book of Genesis.
“Now the Lord said unto Abram: ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto the LAND that I will show thee. And I will make of thee a great NATION, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and BE THOU A BLESSING.
“And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all the substance they had gathered, and the souls they had gotten in Haran, and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan, and into the land of Canaan they came. And the Lord appeared unto Abram and said: ‘Unto thy seed will I give this land.”
These few words already encompass the three main ingredients of Zionism — the quest for a specific, well-identified piece of land, the quest for nationhood in that special land and the quest to create an exemplary society — “Be thou a blessing” in other words, “a light unto the nations.”
Abraham, the first Jew, was also the first Zionist.”
Curiously, Abraham, according to the Koran, is one of the most revered people in Islam.
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Read the full piece.