The Risk of Israel (II): Is Israel a Cosmopolitan State?

Critics of the current world order are often associated with antisemitism. This partly because antisemites have often portrayed Jews as disloyal, and as slaves to one country alone: capital. Such figures have included Marx, Hitler and Zhdanov.

And yet, the terrain has shifted a great deal since the days of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. And with it, the character of antisemitism has shifted too.

The true antisemite of today is not he who demands national sovereignty for himself, but he who confiscates it from others.

The United Nations are notorious for their anti-Israel bias.

The Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has himself denounced the alleged attempts of George Soros to undermine Israeli national sovereignty.

The antisemitic BDS movement works to undermine, if not the formal legal sovereignty of Israel, at least their substantive sovereignty.

The true antisemitism nowadays is not from those who defend national sovereignty, but from those who oppose it.

Antizionism is one form of antisemitism: and antisemitism very often expresses itself in attempts to undermine Israeli sovereignty.

I myself, for my part, will continue to fight very hard to defend Israeli sovereignty.

But if you want to do the same, you need to understand that the flip that has occurred in recent decades.

It is not those who pay lip service to national sovereignty who undermine Jews, Zionists and Israelis. Far less those who sincerely fight for sovereignty.

On the contrary, it is those who actually oppose national sovereignty who are the true enemies of Israel, and of Jews.

In a context where the sovereignty of many countries has been seriously undermined in recent decades, Israel represents a crucial point of resistance against the forces of anti-sovereignty in our world today.

That is one of the many reasons Israel is worth defending.


About the Author
Jonathan Ferguson is a Chinese graduate of the University of Leeds (BA, MA) and King's College London (PhD). He has written on a range of publications including Times of Israel, Being Libertarian and Secular World Magazine. He is a strong believer in individual liberty, individual justice and individual equality before the law. He stands with Israel, with the girls of Revolution Street and of course, with anyone who takes the courage to prefer the David Gilmour and Phil Collins eras to the pretentious artsy-fartsy dark ages of 80s rock... in the face of the all-too-predictable vitriol that is hurled at us!