Israel’s Quest for Lebensraum

Haaretz informs us that

Israel announced plans on Monday to build another 294 homes in two Jewish settlements in the West Bank, and the Palestinians said the move hardened their resolve to seek statehood recognition from the United Nations.

Israel’s Housing Ministry linked the new construction to a nationwide plan to lower housing prices, which have skyrocketed in recent years, and appease protesters demanding affordable living space.

‘Living space’ is it? Hey, that’s Lebensraum in German, and the very reason by which Hitler sought to justify his own expansionistic policies.

Isn’t it interesting that historically it so often happens that people become what they most despise. Israeli policy in the early 21st century mirrors that of the Nazis in the early 20th century. I wonder how historians 50 years from now will describe Bibi and the Israeli government.

4 thoughts on “Israel’s Quest for Lebensraum

  1. Jim,
    You can dislike Israeli policy and actions, but to compare between the State of Israel and its actions and Nazi Germany is a) simply lacking in basic truthfullness; b) stooping as low as one can get; c) And yes, going where only the most rabid anti-semites dare to go.
    There is a lot to criticize Israel about (and I myself do this regularly) but ANY comparison between Nazi Germany and Israel is simply showing a lack of knowledge of basic historical facts and that you are falling in to the pit of senseless ideological rhetoric.

    I disagree with your views regularly – but this is really just about as low as you have ever stooped…

    Although I’m not sure this will have an effect – but shame on you!


    • hey aren,

      i’d be happy to hear how israeli policy differs from the quest for lebensraum in early 1930’s germany.


  2. To start with, it was not based on an ideological policy which believed that certain races had rights that others did not. While there are “crazies” in far right wing groups in Israel who espouse disgusting racist ideology, this is not, nor has been, the policy of any of the Israeli governments and does not in any way represent the views of the Israeli public.
    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is about two national groups who have claims on the same small strip of land – each group has many strong historical and ideological claims why all the land should belong to each specific group. As long as the two sides do not reach a compromise – the “shit” will continue.
    This has NOTHING to do with “Lebensraum” – read a little about the history and ideology of early Nazi Germany. I’m sorry – your dislike of Israel is putting a very clouded lense over your historical perspectives.


    • it was only a tiny minority of germans who believed hitler’s racist nonsense was true. its always the tiny crazy minority that causes wars. and the views of hitler didn’t reflect the views of the german populace.

      and i dont dislike israel at all. not one bit. what i dislike is the unfair way that palestinians (who have in their number crazy fringe loons too, sadly) have been driven from their homes, off their land, and said land given to settlers who have no more claim to it than they do to manhattan.

      please dont mistake my dislike of israeli POLICY for israel itself. i separate the two with great carefulness i think. indeed, when i critique what i see as racist behavior by the bibi administration i carefully note that it is israeli politics, various politicians, and policies that i find problematic. i dont think ive ever said ‘israel is evil’. that would be ridiculous.

      and i still see points of comparison between how the israeli government is acting with its policy of settlement expansion with nazi expansion in the 30’s. but i could just have easily said that israeli policy towards the palestinians resembles american attitudes towards the native americans during those gross days of ‘manifest destiny’. indeed, germany, israel, and the united states all have had periods of ‘god is on our side and wants us to have this land for our own people’ movements.


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