The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

“In 2008, the defence of Is­rael, and ev­ery­thing it stands for, re­quires a kind of courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion very much out of ac­cord with the per­pet­ual click-clack of our pol­i­tics, and with the com­bi­na­tion of ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity and wish­ful­ness that char­ac­terises the age in which we live. Still, even though the se­cu­rity of Is­rael is very much at risk, the good news is that, un­like in the 1930s, the Jews are able to de­fend them­selves, and the US is will­ing to fight for free­dom… What Eric Hof­fer wrote in 1968 seems even truer to­day: ‘I have a pre­mo­ni­tion that will not leave me; as it goes with Is­rael, so will it go with all of us. Should Is­rael per­ish, the Holo­caust will be upon us.’” WILLIAM KRISTOL, NEW YORK TIMES, MAY 12

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