Israel must be protected — here’s why

The Jewish world is contracting toward U.S., Israel

Joel Kotkin, in the Orange County Register:

Recent anti-Semitic events – from France and Belgium to Argentina – are accelerating the relentless shrinking of the Jewish Diaspora. Once spread virtually throughout the world, the Diaspora – the scattering of Jews after the fall of ancient Israel – is retreating from many of its global redoubts as Jews increasingly cluster in two places: Israel and the United States.

Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, Jewish communities throughout Europe are again on the decline. This time, the pressure mainly comes not from the traditional anti-Semitic Right but from Islamic fundamentalists, which include many European citizens.

But large-scale migration out of Europe is something not seen since the 1950s. In France, the nation with the largest Jewish population outside Israel and the United States, the outflow of Jews doubled in 2014, to 7,000, from the year before. The Jewish Agency is now drawing up plans to attract 120,000 more to Israel.

Read the whole thing.

Anti-semitism’s ugly head is popping up around the world. Israel and the United States are the only remaining refuges for embattled Jews, and the U.S. has an anti-Semitic president (for now).

I like Joel Kotkin a lot. He’s a liberal, but he’s one of the good ones.  There aren’t many like him left. But I don’t agree with his characterization of the “traditional anti-Semitic Right.” Anti-semitism has always come from the Left, and that’s precisely where it’s coming from today. That is one explanation as to why so many Jews are on the Left. They have traditionally gone to the Left to try to keep the Left from killing them. It hasn’t worked, but its certainly understandable that they would try. The American founding fathers welcomed Jews. See, George Washington’s Letter to the Jews of Newport, Rhode Island
(1790).

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