I need to tell you about myself. I am a naturalized American Citizen since October 1974. I was born in Egypt. I am 77 years old and hold Master's and Ph.D. degrees in pharmacology from the University of Illinois in Chicago (1960 and 1962) and a master in business from Columbia University (1980). I held several positions in the pharmaceutical industry before starting my own company. I am now retired.
The Jews are better off without Israel
With the incessant violence in the Middle East, one is forced to think in new ways about the intractable Israeli/Palestinian problem. The question arises, why would the Jews want to have a state of their own anyway? This thought will surprise many Jews and non-Jews alike. Zionism, or the creation of a national home for the Jewish people, has dominated thinking in the West ever since the Belfour Declaration became public almost a century ago. After so many centuries of discrimination and pogroms, can't the Jews have a country of their own? How can anyone question such a premise? To examine the question, let us look at the history and the facts.
Throughout the history of the Jews, the establishment of a Jewish state has consistently been associated with disaster for all involved including the Jews themselves. This happened under Joshua, under Solomon, and under Herod the great. When the last Jewish state in Jerusalem was defeated in around 73 AD, most of the Jews were killed and rest were sold as slaves at prices lower than those for donkeys. At the time, Judaism was a major religion. Today, Judaism is a really minor one with only 25 million adherents.
The major Jewish contributions made to civilization happened while the Jews were living among other nations. This was the case under Abraham, under Moses, and during Jewish exile in Babylon. The Jewish culture that developed in Babylon lasted for over 1,500 years with no state for the Jews to call their own.
It is understandable that the Jews would want to free themselves of the creeping anti-Semitism that follows them everywhere. They want to live unencumbered by the thought of being expelled, tortured or killed. Hate for the Jews happened frequently in the past and is certain to happen again in the future. Living in a state of their own, in theory, would free them from the threat of anti-Semitism and discrimination. But, as history tells us, such a Jewish State may, in fact, be the greater threat to their existence. Since its creation, the present-day Israel caused problems for the Jews and for everyone else. The rightful owners of the land and homes it now occupies will never rest till they get back what was forcibly taken from them.
Throughout the ages, Jews have always excelled and prospered while not living in a state of their own. Jewish icons of science and philosophy from Maimonides to Einstein evolved and developed while living under non-Jewish administrations. Why in the world would the great Jewish scientists, doctors, psychologists"etc. of our time choose to live in Israel? They would exchange living well in peace and prosperity in the most developed societies, for a life of fear and insecurity among hostile neighbors who won't rest till they eliminate them. In addition, most experts believe that, demographically, Israel has no future anyway. It is just a matter of time before it will be drowned out in a sea of Arabs and Moslems no matter what it or the West will try to do.