In the op-ed pages of the New York Times this week, the president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald S. Lauder, expressed his view that Israel’s new Jewish National State Law “correctly reaffirms that Israel is a Jewish state”.
“Israel is a miracle”, he opines.
“The Zionist movement,” he asserts, “has been unwaveringly democratic from its very start.”
“And when Israel was founded, it immediately became the first and only democracy in the Middle East.”
This is all a very nice sound legend. But that’s all it is: Zionist mythology.
The historical truth of the matter is that Israel was not founded upon democracy, but upon a profound rejection of democratic principles.
The Zionists, far from being “unwaveringly democratic”, rejected the right of the Arab inhabitants of Palestine to self-determination.
Israel was founded not through any kind of legitimate, democratic political process, but through violence and the ethnic cleansing of most of the Arab population from their homes in Palestine.