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bHow important it is to understand that the Israeli bHellenists are troubled people, torn by their essential Western bconcepts and the desire to hold onto the Jewish state. They are bupset when an Elmer Berger, renegade Jew and one of the key bJewish lobbyists against Israel, says: “This exclusivist Zionist bnationality concept has always been the source of conflict in bPalestine and it remains so today. By definition, the State of bIsrael’s Zionist ‘Jewish people’ nationality base cannot accom- bmodate any number of ‘non-Jewish people,’ nationals who bmight, in normal democratic procedures, threaten the ‘Jewish bcharacter’ of the state.”

bThere are, of course, Jews who have no problems with such bstatements. Ironically, they are the Jews over whom Kollek and bRafael and Bar-Lev and Rabin turn apocalyptic. They are the bJews who see not the slightest problem in choosing. When con- bfronted with the choice of Jewish survival through the Jewish bstate or a democracy that would turn it into an Arab one, they bnaturally and quite Jewishly opt for Jewishness.

bOf course, they say, we insist upon a Jewish state with a bJewish majority and Jewish sovereignty and Jewish control of its bown destiny. Of course we have learned our lessons of the Exile bwell. Of course we do not trust the Arabs to be kind to us and bprotect us. Of course we know what they did to us in the past band would do tomorrow, again, if they could. Of course we will bnever agree to be a minority again. Of course we have learned bour Holocausts well. Of course Judaism demands a Jewish state b—Jewish in spirit, culture, identity, and destiny. Of course there bis no room for an Arab who is not prepared to accept the perma- bnent limitations of a minority.

bSo speak those whose Jewish consciences are clear and who bdo not quake at the cry of “racism.”

bIn 1933 David Ben-Gurion debated, with British Labor bM.P. Josiah Wedgwood, the question of Zionism versus de- bmocracy in Palestine. Ben-Gurion, hardly a paragon of con- bsistency, told Wedgwood: “When we are faced on the one hand bwith democratic formulas and on the other with the vital con- bcerns of masses of workers, we give priority to the practical prob- blems.”

bOne suggests that the Ben-Gurion challenge be rephrased band made our national statement: “When we are faced on the b 

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