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)

Friday, 3 August 2012

The Gore About Vidal

The death of leftist American writer Gore Vidal, being a man after the BBC's own heart, was marked by the deplorable British "national broadcaster" yesterday with adulatory remembrances in its bulletins, and on its website the BBC sycophantically provides an anthology of quotations evidently designed to showcase his wit and (supposed) wisdom.

It is inconceivable that had the old bigot been an "Islamophobe" rather than an antisemite and enemy of Israel he would have been so honoured by Al Beeb.  But big-noting antisemites and those who wish ill will to the world's only Jewish state is par for the course in "champagne socialist" circles these days.

"The Hate That Dare Not Speak Its Name," a famous essay that Norman Podhoretz wrote in 1986 regarding Vidal's  ferocious, racist antipathy to Jews, has been reissued by Commentary magazine.

Regarding an appalling article that Vidal wrote that March, in the Nation, Podhoretz observed:
 'As befits this resurrection of the two classic themes of anti-Semitic literature—the Jew as alien and the Jew as the conspiratorial manipulator of malign power dangerous to everyone else—Vidal’s tone is poisonous. His every word drips with contempt and hatred, and underlying it all is a strong note of menace. The Jews had better watch out if they wish "to stay on among us" —not that “we” will necessarily permit them to stay even if they do begin minding their manners. Their only purpose, after all, is "to make propaganda and raise money for Israel," thereby impoverishing the rest of us and bringing the world closer and closer to a nuclear war.'
Read all of Podhoretz's essay here

5 comments:

  1. The " Mail online " took down my rather mild comments on this AO after a number of complaints.

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    1. And your comments are always on the ball and to the point, Steve! You were obviously cating pearls before swine!

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  2. "casting" - not cating. In a great hurry ...

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  3. "It is inconceivable that had the old bigot been an "Islamophobe" rather than an antisemite and enemy of Israel he would have been so honoured by Al Beeb. But big-noting antisemites and those who wish ill will to the world's only Jewish state is par for the course in "champagne socialist" circles these days."

    A great paragraph. Well put!

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