By Prof. Paul Eidelberg

Few people have grasped the dynamics of anti-Semitism as well as Vladimir Jabotinsky. His understanding of Nazi anti-Semitism applies to the Arab Nazis of the Middle East.

In his book, THE JEWISH WAR FRONT, written and published in 1940, the year of his death, Jabotinsky contends that Nazi Germany's drive toward world dominion would have been a nonstarter were it not for anti-Semitism. He writes: "Everybody knows that in propaganda the appeal of love is slow and lumbering in comparison with the appeal of hatred. Hatred is the piquant sauce which accelerates both the swallowing and the digestion of ideas and policies. And the 'sauce' can be fully effective only if the object of hatred is close at hand, familiar to all, and easily and safely attacked."

Compare the Jew-hatred of the Arab Nazi world. Ingrained from childhood on, this hatred can remain dormant for years, and, like some unseen explosive, be ignited at any time by Arab despots. Notice how Arab rulers in general, and Osama bin Laden in particular, blame American support of Israel for the destruction of the World Trade Center. Hence, if Washington would cease supporting the Jewish state, the Arabs would cease hating America. (How readily the Bush Administration succumbs to this propaganda, which cannot but arouse Jew-hatred in the United States should Israel's government resist the establishment of a Palestinian state.)

Returning to Jabotinsky: "Had the Nazi propaganda been confined from the beginning to preaching rebellion against the Versailles peace terms and the wickedness of the English or the French or the Americans, its theoretical appeal might have been still powerful, but its actual progress among the masses would have been so gradual that it is doubtful whether it would have gathered enough energy for an explosion."

Jabotinsky explains in the sequel: "A Versailles Treaty [like the Balfour Declaration] is not a tangible object of real and palpable hatred; the emotions of the masses cannot be stirred by an object which can only be seen in the public library. On the other hand, hating the English or the Americans ... is either a torture to the hater himself, so long as he dare not express his hatred by deeds, or a very dangerous enterprise, if he tries prematurely to translate his hatred into action. There is only one idealogject for mass training in collective hate, and that is the Jews."

The Jew "is everywhere in reach; ... and he can be insulted or assaulted with only the minimum of risk, or with none at all. To foster a movement of the Nazi type without the daily use of Jewish targets would be like staging a pageant without rehearsals."

Jabotinsky saw what few saw outside Germany: the extent to which the Nazi movement depended, during the two decades of its existence, on Jew-hatred for its vitality and driving power. Without referring to the Jews, National Socialism could have simply emphasized rearmament, the militarization of the Rhine district, the restoration of Germany's colonies, the Anschlussof Austria, and the annexation of the Sudetenland.

"All these aims could have been preached every whit as forcibly had their authors never thought of Israel and Judah. But they evidently felt, from the very beginning, that none of these aims would 'go down' properly with the masses unless they were duly seasoned. So not a single spoonful of this witches' brew was offered without the spice of anti-Semitism."

Now we can better appreciate why the Protocols of the Elders of Zion are disseminated throughout the Arab world, including Egypt. This is the "spice" of Jew-hatred that enables Arab rulers to finance Arab terrorism and plan the next war on Israel. But what of the Jews?

If Arab terrorists knew in advance that Israel's government would wreak upon them a degree of vengeance or loss far exceeding any Arab gains in killing Jews, Arab terrorism would soon cease.

Unfortunately, Israel has no such government. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon can refer to Yasser Arafat as Israel's bin Laden, but lacks the courage to eliminate that Arab Nazi. Indeed, he is quite willing to negotiate with that Hitlerian Arab if only Arafat's band of terrorists would refrain from violence for seven days. But Arafat lives on terrorism and uses hatred of Jews as its lubricant. This is true of Arafat's patron, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, whose government-controlled media spew forth the most virulent hatred of Jews.

That Israeli politicians have truck with Arafat and Mubarak makes any man of taste want to vomit.

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