Notable & Quotable: Eric Hoffer on Israel, 1968

Eric Hoffer was a noted American writer, known as “The Longshoreman Philosopher.” Hoffer lived the old American Dream, prospered, and then left a legacy for up and coming writers. Writers like me.

I am proud to report that my Thriller novels have been honored by winning several Eric Hoffer Awards. What goes around comes around, and hence this post at a sad time when America is abandoning its best friend in the Mideast. Mr. Hoffer, I am so sorry for what my country has aided and abetted!!!

I never thought that I would see a time when America’s top officials would say, “Hamas (a jihadist, terrorist organization that uses children and women for human shields) is a humanitarian organization.”

Hamas is a humanitarian organization.”

Nancy Pelosi just said this, and it wasn’t only her personal lunacy speaking. Other voices close to the Obama Administration are saying the same. This is covert policy announcement.

The Obama Administration is giving money to Hamas, is allowing jihadists free entry to our country, and now includes Muslim Brotherhood agents at high levels.  Egypt, a Muslim country, has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. The Obama IRS was illegally targeting pro-Israel groups even before it was targeting conservative groups according to subpoenaed emails.

Obama has opened our Southern Border an invited flood of illegals, some from terrorist countries. But he is now denying visas for Israelis, our friends whose entire nation is under attack by terrorists with long range rockets — weapons that American helped to fund.

Shame on us. Shame on us!!!

Here is Mr. Hoffer’s voice from the grave. He saw this coming, I think.


Things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.

Eric Hoffer, writing in May 1968, quoted in Tom Bethell’s “Eric Hoffer: The Longshoreman Philosopher” (2012):

The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.

Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey drove out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese—and no one says a word about refugees.

But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.

Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious, it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.

Other nations, when they are defeated, survive and recover, but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed. Had Nasser triumphed last June [1967], he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews.

No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on. There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Negroes are executed in Rhodesia. But when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one remonstrated with him.

The Swedes, who are ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we do in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore and ball bearings, and serviced his troop trains to Norway.

The Jews are alone in the world. If Israel survives it will be solely because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources.

Yet at this moment, Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.

I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us.

Source: Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2014, Page A13


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