Guts (or lack there of)
By Paul Eidelberg
Few people have grasped the dynamics of anti-Semitism as well as
Vladimir Jabotinsky. His understanding of Nazi anti-Semitism applies to
Arabs living in, or in proximity to, Israel. Sad to say, but his
insights are also relevant to anti-Semitism in the United States.
In his book, The Jewish War Front, written and published in 1940, the
year of his death, Jabotinsky contends that Nazi Germany's drive toward
world dominion would have been a nonstarter were it not for
anti-Semitism. He writes: "Everybody knows that in propaganda the
appeal of love is slow and lumbering in comparison with the appeal of
hatred. Hatred is the piquant sauce which accelerates both the
swallowing and the digestion of ideas and policies. And the 'sauce' can
be fully effective only if the object of hatred is close at hand,
familiar to all, and easily and safely attacked."
(Compare Arab Jew-hatred. Ingrained from childhood on, this hatred can
remain dormant for years, and, like some unseen explosive, be ignited at
any time by Arab despots.)
Returning to Jabotinsky: "Had the Nazi propaganda been confined from
the beginning to preaching rebellion against the Versailles peace terms
and the wickedness of the English or the French or the Americans, its
theoretical appeal might have been still powerful, but its actual
progress among the masses would have been so gradual that it is doubtful
whether it would have gathered enough energy for an explosion."
Jabotinsky explains in the sequel: "A Versailles Treaty [like the
Balfour Declaration] is not a tangible object of real and palpable
hatred; the emotions of the masses cannot be stirred by an object which
can only be seen in the public library. On the other hand, hating the
English or the Americans ... is either a torture to the hater himself,
so long as he dare not express his hatred by deeds, or a very dangerous
enterprise, if he tries prematurely to translate his hatred into action.
There is only one ideal object for mass training in collective hate, and
that is the Jews."
The Jew "is everywhere in reach; he can be pointed out at any street
corner [in Israel, Brooklyn, London, or Paris]; and he can be insulted
or assaulted with only the minimum of risk, or with none at all. To
foster a movement of the Nazi type without the daily use of Jewish
targets would be like staging a pageant without rehearsals."
Jabotinsky saw what few saw outside Germany: the extent to which the
Nazi movement depended, during the two decades of its existence, on
Jew-hatred for its vitality and driving power. Without referring to the
Jews, National Socialism could have simply emphasized rearmament, the
militarization of the Rhine district, the restoration of Germany's
colonies, the Anschluss of Austria, and the annexation of the
"All these aims could have been preached every whit as forcibly had
their authors never thought of Israel and Judah. But they evidently
felt, from the very beginning, that none of these aims would 'go down'
properly with the masses unless they were duly seasoned. So not a
single spoonful of this witches' brew was offered without the spice of
Now we can better appreciate why the Protocols of the Elders of Zion are
disseminated throughout the Arab world, including Egypt. This is the
"spice" of Jew-hatred that enables Arab rulers to finance Arab terrorism
and plan the next war on Israel. But what of the Jews?
Jabotinsky refers to a Jewish revolutionary in Tzarist Russia who
uttered the oft-quoted formula: "Jewish blood is the best for oiling
the wheels of progress." Yasir Arafat has been applying this formula to
Israel. He regards Jewish blood as the lubricant of the peace process.
Unless Jews are murdered on a regular basis, they will resist exchanging
"territory for peace." In other words, by making the shedding of Jewish
blood a commonplace, that is, by conditioning Jews to such bloodshed,
Jewish opposition to the government’s policy of appeasing the Arabs will
Notice, however, that this shedding of Jewish blood requires not only
Jew-hating Arabs, but also self-effacing or timid Jewish prime ministers
to allow these Arabs to kill Jews with only minor reprisals called
If Arab terrorists knew in advance that Israel's government would wreak
upon them a degree of vengeance and loss far exceeding any Arab gains in
killing Jews, Arab terrorism would soon cease. Unfortunately, Israel
has no such government at the present time, since the government lacks
the one thing needful: GUTS.
from the November 2003 Edition of the Jewish Magazine