Fall 1969 • Vol. XXXI No. 5 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1969 |

Shorter Reviews: Israel and the Arabs

Israel And The Arabs by Maxime Rodinson. Translated by Michael Perl. Pantheon Books, $5.95. Es ist schwer zu sein ein Yid (It's Hard to Be a Jew) goes the title of a Yiddish play by Sholom Aleichem. This is especially the case for the pro-Arab Jew at the hands of other Jews. Criticizing some aspects of Israel's life, or showing indifference to Zionist ideals, is one thing: countless Israelis do the same. To suggest, however, that Israel has inflicted fundamental wrongs on the Arabs, that Arab hostility over the past two decades has been at all reasonable, to find virtues in Nasserites and Baathists, and, most of all, to find any fault with the Israeli authorities' conduct in the spring of 1967—all this is intolerably treasonous to mainstream Jewish opinion. For it smacks of callousness toward the Nazi holocaust, from which Israel symbolizes salvation and which the Arabs, in their enmity toward the Jewish state, are presumed to be dedicated to renewing in Hitler's footsteps.

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