European (and American) antisemitism was general before WWII. Hitler’s not-so-secretly envied solution brought immediate postwar guilt when the camps full of its excesses received inescapable publicity. That much of the guilt was hypocritical did not prevent its leading to the foundation of Israel in symbolic recompense. The hypocrisy was revealed in the immediate and barely deplored attacks by every Arab neighbor, unexpectedly successfully fought off by the new country in spite of everything that the Europeans refused to do. The thinking Israelis have always known whom they could depend upon against Islamic hate, it being a very short list.
The Israelis expended extraordinary energy and skill, converting a chunk of bare, poverty-stricken territory previously festering under Muslim dictatorships into an unforgivably prosperous modern democracy, the only rose in a weedbed. The local weeds found the contrast intolerable, attacking again as soon as they recovered their second winds. Again the world deplored while many secretly hoped the Arabs would clean their house this time but again the Israelis held off their inept and corrupt attackers.
In an honest world, the victorious Israelis would have taken the lands they conquered during the attacks, extending their writ to the historic borders of the Jewish state. In modern hypocritical reality, the European and American influences prevented that, confining the new Jewish state within narrower and militarily awkward borders only somewhat improved, surrounded by festering Arab Muslim ghettos with a penchant toward bombarding Israel with rocket, rifle and mortar fire that the Israelis have been increasingly frowned upon for resisting.
As the generations have passed, the historic European and American antisemitism have remained while the veneer of WWII guilt has faded. Encouraged by Arab oil, the incessant Arab anti-Israeli propaganda has found increasingly sympathetic ears in the leftist West until today, the Obama Administration is barely civil to the government of Israel, even though it has not found the courage (or the political excuse) to sever the ongoing military and intelligence links between the two nations. The Europeans have followed suit, loudly supporting a group of Turkish invaders when Israeli forces stopped them from breading an Israeli blockade of the ‘Palestinian’ territories. The U.N. reflects these changing attitude as well. Israel was a guilt-gift to the Jews, the guilt has faded with the generations and the donors now regret their ‘gift.’
Irony remains persistent in human affairs: The pervading antisemitism that fuels these attitudes is hardly rational in the face of Israel, a ‘Jewish’ state that is hardly Jewish and full of multiplying Muslim Arabs. But our species has always preferred to ignore the facts, which tend to confuse time-worn, comfortable attitudes…’