Hannah Arendt, one of the greatest minds of the previous century, wrote in 1944:
[O]nly folly could dictate a policy which trusts a distant imperial power for protection, while alienating the goodwill of neighbors.
And then in 1948, during the war in Palestine:
And even if the Jews were to win the war, its end would find the unique possibilities and the unique achievements of Zionism in Palestine destroyed. The land that would come into being would be something quite other than the dream of world Jewry, Zionist and non-Zionist. The ‘victorious’ Jews would live surrounded by an entirely hostile Arab population, secluded into ever-threatened borders, absorbed with physical self-defense to a degree that would submerge all other interests and activities. The growth of a Jewish culture would cease to be the concern of the whole people; social experiments would have to be discarded as impractical luxuries; political thought would center around military strategy…. And all this would be the fate of a nation that — no matter how many immigrants it could still absorb and how far it extended its boundaries (the whole of Palestine and Transjordan is the insane Revisionist demand)–would still remain a very small people greatly outnumbered by hostile neighbors.It's something I really can't get over, something that astonishes me every time I think of it, something that always leads me to recall the Italian cities I have visited (such as Bologna), and those packed and still haunting streets and buildings: Jews are actually bombing a ghetto...
Under such circumstances… the Palestinian Jews would degenerate into one of those small warrior tribes about whose possibilities and importance history has amply informed us since the days of Sparta. Their relations with world Jewry would become problematical, since their defense interests might clash at any moment with those of other countries where large number of Jews lived. Palestine Jewry would eventually separate itself from the larger body of world Jewry and in its isolation develop into an entirely new people. Thus it becomes plain that at this moment and under present circumstances a Jewish state can only be erected at the price of the Jewish homeland…
A firefighter stands near a Gaza power plant after it was hit by shelling. Editor's Choice: http://t.co/dNQsYfUBlP pic.twitter.com/QA0J7iA3G5
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 29, 2014
'I might die tonight': 16-year-old @Farah_Gazan live-tweets Gaza bombings http://t.co/SeQ9L56sfv pic.twitter.com/M1C9UvFP4Y
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 29, 2014
This is in my area. I can't stop crying. I might die tonight #Gaza #GazaUnderAttack #ICC4Israel #AJAGAZA pic.twitter.com/DdDBIO7Q4B
— Guess what (@Farah_Gazan) July 28, 2014