In 1945, as the allies were liberating Europe, the true horror of the Nazi’s Final Solution became real for the entire world to see. The plight of the European Jews was so horrific, that upon seeing a concentration camp for the first time, Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, requested that both Britain and the United States send journalists and congressional representatives to witness the horror in person, required Germans from a nearby town to walk through the camp and observe what their government had done, and mandated that American soldiers tour the camp to truly understand the evil they were fighting. Eisenhower later wrote, “I have never felt able to describe my emotional reactions when I first came face to face with indisputable evidence of Nazi brutality and ruthless disregard of every shred of decency.” He continued, “Of all these [camp prisoners] the Jews were in the most deplorable condition. For years they had been beaten, starved, and tortured.” The uprooted Jews, having had their property seized, their wealth confiscated, and their freedom stripped, were now a people without a home.
On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the nation of Israel, a new homeland for the Jewish people, in part of what was formerly British Palestine. U.S. President Harry Truman immediately recognized the state of Israel, and from the moment it was established, the tiny Jewish nation became a target of Middle East Arabs and hatred from around the world. Anti-Semitism did not disappear with the fall of Nazi Germany. In fact, it is very apparent with every anti-Israel UN resolution and every tweet from Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and AOC. Tlaib, Omar, and the Squad support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, have publicly shared cartoons mocking victims of the Nazi holocaust, and repeatedly condemn Israelis for defending themselves against Palestinian attacks.
It’s been over 70 years since its founding; there have been multiple wars and countless military conflicts. Today, Israel remains under attack. In 1979, Egypt became the first Muslim nation to make peace with Israel, signing the Camp David Accords, brokered by the United States. Anwar Sadat, the Egyptian leader who made peace, was assassinated shortly thereafter, in 1981. In 1993, the Oslo Accords, again brokered by the U.S., brought Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) together in peace for the first time. The PLO was established in 1964 with the mission of expunging Israel from the Middle East, yet PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, brokered an agreement in which Israel recognized the PLO and the PLO recognized Israel’s right to exist. In 1994, Rabin led Israel in signing a peace treaty with Jordan. Rabin was assassinated shortly thereafter, in 1995. In 2020, the Trump administration brokered the Abraham Accords, separately normalizing relations between Israel and Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sudan, and Morocco.
Despite the glimmers of hope and isolated moments of peace, Israeli citizens live with the daily threat of terror from Hamas and other pro-Palestinian groups. The refrain, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” a PLO mantra known to refer to the elimination of Israel, was retweeted by anti-Semitic Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib. Recently, Hamas fired hundreds of rockets into Jerusalem and Tel Aviv from Gaza. Although many of the rockets were destroyed by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, a number of rockets did hit targets and not all Israelis were lucky. Israel responded with airstrikes in Gaza, killing a number of Hamas militants and Palestinian civilians. Unsurprisingly, Tlaib, Omar, and AOC condemned Israel for human rights abuses, with Tlaib tweeting, “American taxpayer money is being used to commit human rights violations.” While turning a blind eye to the terrorism of Hamas and violent actions of the PLO and other pro-Palestinian groups, the Squad has joined with other anti-Semitic forces around the globe in denouncing Israel. Representative Ilhan Omar claimed Israel’s air strikes in response to the rockets launched against its people were “an act of terrorism,” while AOC derided Israel as “inhumane,” and both she and Ayana Pressley declared that they stood in solidarity with the Palestinians.
Omar asserts that, “Palestinians deserve protection,” yet she ignores that the Israeli airstrikes were in response to Hamas’ instigation. Any loss of life is tragic, and all people deserve to have their basic human rights honored. In every attempt at peace, the Israelis made concessions to the Palestinian Authority - concessions of land, settlement restrictions, self-governance – yet the Palestinians failed to fulfill their obligations and curb the terrorist attacks of Hamas and Islamic Jihad on Israeli settlements and cities. The Palestinian people actually elected a government led by Hamas, an organization that has resisted the negotiated two-state solution in order to fulfill its desire to eliminate Israel from existence... an organization that is recognized by the United States government as a sponsor of international terrorism.
How can peace be achieved when the Palestinian people have chosen to be led by a terrorist organization? This may be overlooked by the Squad, but rational members of our government understand the truth… Israel seeks peace and has made concession after concession to achieve a lasting peace; the Palestinian Authority pretends to pursue peace while condoning terrorism, antagonizing military responses from the Israeli Defense Force. The Palestinian Authority chooses to use its people as pawns, knowingly sacrificing innocent civilians to provoke international condemnation of Israel, promote sympathy for the Palestinian cause abroad, and sabotage any potential hopes for peace. They do not wish to live in peace with Israel; they want to destroy Israel. Any Americans who do not understand this are either ignorant, sympathetic toward terrorism, or anti-Semitic.
Israel is our ally. They have every right to defend themselves. The international community has no right to demand the Israeli government lie down and accept the terrorism of their citizens. The Israelis want peace and have proven it time again, with courageous leaders such as Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, and Ariel Sharon making sometimes unpopular concessions to a people devoted to Israel’s demise. Palestinian students are taught to hate Israeli Jews, just as German youth were taught to despise European Jews in the 1930s and 1940s. The Palestinian terrorist organizations want to wipe the Jewish state off the map, just as Hitler aimed to eliminate all Jews from Europe. Unlike the appeasement of Hitler, when the western powers did nothing to prevent Nazi genocide of the Jewish people, the United States must stand side by side with Israel with the American people braving the derision of the international world for our support for the Israeli people. The world is just as anti-Semitic today as it was in the years preceding World War II. We made a grave mistake by ignoring the magnitude of the hate in the past and owe it to future generations to stand up to defeat the hate today.