May 2, 2017
The editor of The Forward basically expresses her “dread, despair and embarrassment” that Israel avoided extermination in 1967.
It is indeed a sad day when an article by the editor of a major Jewish publication fully crosses the line in order to adopt an anti-Semitic narrative about Jews and Israel. But when it is the editor of The Forward who expresses her “dread, despair and embarrassment” that Israel avoided extermination in 1967, we can express our disappointment, but few of us are surprised.
She states that as a child, she “truly believed” that Israel’s survival was endangered — as if it were simply childish to imagine that “the extermination of Zionist existence” was the Arab agenda. She says that military victory — not the Balfour Declaration, much less the eternal bond between the Jewish People and their homeland — “legitimized Israel’s moral right to exist;” a militaristic, colonialist view entirely foreign to Israeli Jews who lived through the crisis.
Far from a “disaster for Palestinians,” the Six-Day War gave Arabs living in Gaza and Judea (what Jordan called the “West Bank” when they occupied it in1948) unparalleled opportunities: universities, modern medicine, massive upgrades to infrastructure. It also vastly improved their lives, from a human and civil rights perspective, compared to Jordan, Egypt and any other Arab state.