By Alan Lazerte
It has well been said that "those who don't learn from history are doomed to
repeat it". In this context we are entitled to ask, "What has the world learned from the hatred and ravings of Adolf Hitler?"
In particular, with reference to the Middle-East, how do today's attitudes towards the Jewish people, and towards the modern state of Israel, compare with post-World War Arab attitudes towards Jews in general?
Measuring the world's attitude today there is evidence that the hatred has
increased, not decreased, and that the very existence of Israel has increased the hatred directed towards Jews and Israel.
But history is difficult to measure; especially in the short run! For example what about Anwar Sadat, the former President of Egypt, and his record on this issue? We have been fed a myth by the media and world politicians, which myth I will paraphrase:
"Anwar Sadat decided to bury the hatchet, and make peace with Israel"; hence his "historic journey to Jerusalem", the famous "Carter-Sadat-Begin" handshake, and "a new era of peace in the region."
If you believe that line you believe a myth. The historical truth is that Sadat's
motives were far different than those eulogized. Nasser had moved Egypt into the USSR camp; the Russians were re-arming Egypt which was facing not only economic collapse, but food riots among the general population due to skyrocketting bread and other food prices which, left unchecked, would have led to revolution.
Sadat decided to play East against West, and obliged US interests in return for
an American bailout of his failing economy and regime. Quite a different interpretation!
As to Israel, Jews in general,Hitler, and the state of Israel in particular we have the goods on Sadat: a letter he wrote on September 18,1953; more than five years after the 1948 re-creation of the state of Israel.
The circumstances were unusual. In 1953 several news agencies reported that
Hitler was still alive. A Cairo newspaper asked a number of Egyptian personalities: "If you wished to send Hitler a personal letter, what would you write to him?". Sadat's answer, published in "Al Musawwar", No. 1510 on September 18, 1953 read in part as follows:
"My dear Hitler,
Later still on June 8, 1971 Anwar Sadat in a speach to Egyptian troops on the
Suez front stated: "We must be ready to sacrifice one million martyrs, not to weaken, give in or bargain"; a revealing statement not long before the 1979 "Camp David Accords".
I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart. Even if you appear to have been defeated, in reality you are the victor. You succeeded in creating dissentions
between Churchill, the old man, and his allies, the Sons of Satan. .....There will be no peace unless Germany becomes again what she was. The West as well as the East ......will invest a great deal of money......which is of great benefit to Germany. So much for the present and the future.
As for the past, I think you made some mistakes....But your trust in your
country and people will atone for those (strategic) blunders. You may be proud of having become the immortal leader of Germany. We will not be surprised if you appear again in Germany or if a new Hitler rises up in your wake.......Anwar al-Sadat"
Arab leaders today, including the "moderates" Hussein of Jordan and Mobaruk of Egypt.....not to mention the worst.....still vilify and curse Israel periodically. It is no exageration to say that in respect to Arab attitudes towards Jews and Israel today, "hatred is sacred". It is taught in schools, in mosques, in the armed forces and has become a basic staple of Arab culture.
Nasser of Egypt formed the PLO in 1964 in Egypt and Jordan....before the world was brainwashed with the "Palestinian People" myth...before Arafat appeared on the world scene.
If one compares the spirit of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" (written in 1923) with the spirit of the "Palestinian National Covenant" (of 1964) one can only conclude that the same spirit, thoughts and attitudes prevail in both....the only differences being time and place. In a sense, Sadat was right; the spirit of Hitler rides again !
The pre-1939 world knew of Hitler's "Mein Kampf"; it was a best seller in
Germany. The world today knows of the "Palestinian National Covenant" (and that it has not been cancelled or amended as to its anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist essence). Both worlds, then and now, knew but didn't care about the murder of Jews. Historically, the nations have "sown the wind and will reap the whirlwind" for such hatred towards the Jewish people.
Apparently, like Balaam, this world is going to eventually learn the hard way that which he learned from God by the Spirit:
"And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel he......lifted up his eyes and saw Israel abiding in his tents...and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he said.....How goodly are thy tents O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel......his kingdom shall be higher than Agag (a descendant of
Esau,the first Edomite) and his kingdom shall be exalted......And Balaam said unto
Balak......I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter
days:....there shall come a star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel....and Israel shall do valiantly. Out of Jacob shall come he that will have dominion , and...Amalak (the first descendant of Esau who warred against Israel) shall perish forever"
(Numbers 24: 1-20 abbreviated)
Israel's enemies are on the wrong road !