Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

"The Colonel Gadaffi Of His Day"

As someone who's editing the papers of a British naval hero of Nelson's period (I would have been finished with that task long since had not Ray Cook prevailed on me to join him in the pro-Israel blogosphere!) I'm not overly fond of Napoleon Bonaparte.  But I have to admit that the Corsican adventurer did a great deal not only for France - but for Jews.

Now, however, a new French history textbook (described in the video below) is downplaying the Revoloution of 1789 that established the Republic on the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity, giving it a mere six pages in comparison to the rather more generous apportionment of space allotted to a black ruler in West Africa, and insulting the memory of their  mighty emperor (and liberator of the Jews) as "the Colonel Gadaffi of his day".

It's all due, of course, to the malign forces of political correctness which have already injected their poison into the history curriculum in Britain, ensuring - as I mentioned here - that names of heroes once known to all boys and girls are now obscure. Why, in the past week it's been reported that many young Britons identify Winston Churchill exclusively with a dog called Churchill in a television ad - knowing nothing of the real-life character - and some time ago it was reported that great British wartime leader is widely assumed to have been fictitious!

This loss of history is no trivial matter.  Arabs propagandists know the importance of history: look at how assiduous they've been in undermining the Jews' historical claims to Eretz Israel and positioning themselves as heirs to the ancient Canaanites. 

We join Henry Ford in dismissing history as "bunk" at our peril. Just as widespread ignorance of the Bible in the post-war post-Christian generations has sapped one of the traditional sources of gentile support for Zionism, "states which stop teaching their past consign themselves to history," as the video notes:

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