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The Truth about Israeli Expansionism


Ernest Renan

879 words

Do you remember that John F. Kennedy was among those who questioned the legal validity of the Nuremberg trials?[1] [2] Do you remember, further, that, unlike the British political leadership, he opposed the Indian invasion which led to the end of Portuguese sovereignty over Goa?[2] [3] It is also useful to recall that immediately after he was assassinated, “a climate of euphoria” prevailed in the stock markets and among the “great capitalists” as well,[3] [4] and that he wanted to apply a “fairer tax system.”[4] [5]

In theory, his assassination was “an inexplicable crime.”[5] [6] Yet, the enmity between Kennedy and David Ben-Gurion cannot be excluded from the likely causes of the crime. It is beyond any doubt, in fact, that Kennedy, unlike Ben-Gurion, wished for peace in the Middle East[6] [7] and did not want the Arabs to be crushed by the Israelis;[7] [8] accordingly, he refused to give nuclear weapons to Israel.[8] [9] The relevant moral to be drawn from this? Ernest Renan’s assertion that “the Jewish nastiness is beyond any other nastiness.”[9] [10]

The falsification of history is an easy means of propaganda, indeed. And for centuries, global public opinion has been bombarded by slogans such as “Palestine is the Promised Land of the Hebrews” and the like. Is this true?

A rough answer is that neither the Hebrews nor the Israelites exist anymore. In point of fact, only Jews exist; for in the eighth century BC, the Assyrians conquered the “Kingdom of Israel” and deported ten and a half out of the twelve Hebrew tribes from Palestine. As a result, only the tribe of Judah and half of that of Benjamin remained in the “Holy Land”; the remaining tribes were lost forever[10] [11] (although it is debatable what eventually happened to them). This is why, in almost every European language,[11] [12] the term “Jew” has been substituted for “Hebrew” (Judeu, Jude, Judío, Juif, etc.). It is therefore questionable whether they have the right to revendicate Palestine, and pride themselves as Abraham’s descendants. The division between the Sepharadim and the Ashkenazim is well-known; and the Ashkenazim are not of Hebrew, but Turkic stock.[12] [13]

Furthermore, what was the Hebrews’ contribution to the cultural development of Palestine? As testified by well-known archaeologists, when the Hebrews entered the “Promised Land,” they were still “at a very low stage of cultural development.” They therefore found themselves among a people who were superior to them in all manifestations of civilization, and they had been to a large extent assimilated, culturally and spiritually, by the original inhabitants of Palestine;[13] [14] today it is clear that the Hebrews prior to their exile were hardly anything other than pagan.[14] [15]

Have the Jews, renamed “Israelis,” any right to Palestine? The question could be regarded as reasonable only if the Jews/Israelis are considered to be newcomers who seek the hospitality of the Palestinians. Only from this viewpoint would it be logical to hold that they should be given land corresponding to their initial small number. And yet this is not the case. As a matter of fact, the Jews/Israelis always require much more. And in the end, the Palestinians will be exterminated.

As Ernest Renan – a friend of the Jews – once admitted, whenever and wherever the Jew has the upper hand, no one else can live there.[15] [16] As a result, therefore, “the Jew is cruel wherever and whenever he has the upper hand.”[16] [17]


[1] [18] John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage (New York: HarperCollins, 2006), p. 197-205 (“Robert Taft”).

[2] [19] Archives of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs (hereafter: AYE), 1966, 12.10, G. Kapsampelēs, Greek ambassador in Lisbon, to the Foreign Ministry of Greece, dispatch No. 33 /Α/3, Lisbon, January 8, 1962.

[3] [20] AYE, 1963, 24. 12, Alexandros Matsas, Greek ambassador in Washington, DC, to the Foreign Ministry of Greece, coded message No. 4220, Washington, DC, December 2, 1963.

[4] [21] AYE, 1963, 24.12, “President Kennedy’s Message” (published on January 14, 1963).

[5] [22] AYE, 1963, 24.12, A. Matsas to the Foreign Ministry of Greece, dispatch No. 4198/Β/13, Washington, DC, December 2, 1963.

[6] [23] AYE, 1963, 28.3, Geōrgios G. Papadopoulos, Greek diplomatic representative to Israel, to the Foreign Ministry of Greece, dispatch No. 66/Κ/3 (confidential), no date given.

[7] [24] AYE, 1963, 28.3, Geōrgios G. Papadopoulos to the Foreign Ministry of Greece, dispatch No. 1861/Ι/7, Jerusalem, December 31, 1962; the same to the same, dispatch without number, Jerusalem, January 2, 1963; the same to the same, dispatch No. 1018/Κ/3, Jerusalem, October 24, 1963.

[8] [25] Author’s discussions with officials of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

[9] [26] Rien n’égale en fait de méchanceté la méchanceté juive. See Ernest Renan, L’Antechrist (Paris : Calmann Lévy,1893), p. 258.

[10] [27] See for instance Ernest Renan, Historia del pueblo de Israel. Translated from French into Spanish by Juan Díaz Angelat, vol. I (Barcelona: Orbis, 1985), pp. 241-244; cf. The Holy Bible, Authorized King James Version (Michigan: World Publishing, 1989), “A Short Dictionary of Life and Peoples of Bible Times”, entry “Israel.”

[11] [28] With the partial exception of Greek, Italian, and Russian.

[12] [29] See the famous book by Arthur Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe (London: Hutchinson, 1976).

[13] [30] R. A. S. Macalister, A Century of Excavation in Palestine (London: The Religious Tract Society, n.d.), pp. 146,164, 166-7.

[14] [31] Ibid., p. 148.

[15] [32] Dans toute ville où le judaïsme arrivait à dominer, la vie devenait impossible aux païens. (Ernest Renan, L’Antechrist, p. 258.) The term païen (pagan) should be interpreted lato sensu; for, in the Jewish mentality’s framework, even people who like paintings can be regarded as “pagans.” (Roger Peyrefitte, Les Juifs. Translated from French into Greek by Eugenia Chortē [Αthens : Cactus, 2003], p. 115.)

[16] [33] Le Juif est cruel, quand il est maître (Ernest Renan, L’Antechrist, p. 485).