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btions of scores of nations. Who apologizes? The Zionist state is bJudaism, the need for a land of the Jews where the people can bescape Holocaust and build a distinctive Jewishness that will bflourish.

bThe very kernel of Jewish longing for a homeland through bnearly 2,000 years of exile was the belief that the Jews were a bseparate and distinct people. In a world in which we recognize bthe right of self-determination for Papua, who will challenge bJewish rights?

bMoreover, the Jews constituted a unique people in that they bwere at one and the same time a religion and a nation, a religio- bnation, which had lived as a unique society and culture in its bown land—Eretz Yisrael. On the one hand they suffered un- bparalleled horrors and massacres in their wanderings in foreign blands. They knew no peace in any country in which their num- bbers grew large and their quality shone through. There was no bsociety, religion, or economic or social system that gave them bpermanent haven and rest. Jews were burned to death, bdrowned, cut to pieces, converted to death, Inquisitioned to bdeath, Crusaded to death, Islamized to death, pogromed to bdeath, and Auschwitzed to death. The Jews learned a bitter les- bson in their twenty centuries of being strangers, of existing as a bminority. The lesson? It is not good to be a stranger. Never be ba minority. Never again!

bAs impolite as it may sound, the Jews learned, after rivers bof blood, not to trust to the tolerance and mercies and hospi- btality of others. They no longer wished to rely on the armies and bthe police and the swords of others to protect them from holo- bcausts. Enough of being strangers. The Jews wanted to live. The bJews wanted their own armies, their own protection, their own bhome.

bAnd, of course, the Jews wished to preserve their unique bspiritual identity. No minority culture can grow, normal and bhealthy and vibrant, in foreign soil. “How can we sing the song bof the L-rd in a foreign land?” The Jew wanted a home of his bown in which to be Jewish and not remain a hyphenated nonen- btity of Mosaic persuasion. The Jews were a separate and dis- btinctive people seeking to live a separate and distinctive life in its bown separate and distinctive state, a people that had tasted all bthe promises and guarantees and mercies of a hundred ma- bjorities. Never again.

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