May I hate Arabs? Not because they are silly, artful, treacherous, uneducated, or lazy; that would be the reasons to despise them, had I not reserved that feeling for worshipers of idols and images.
Christians attacked us in two ways. During the pogroms, a small number of local Christians participated in massacres. In wars, Jews were a small part of the targeted population—and thus were also massacred by the fighting minority of Christians. In regard to Christians, we have always suffered from the actions of a minority of them.

It’s different with the State of Israel. When Arab armies attacked our country, all the endangered inhabitants were Jewish and only Jewish. Arab armies were supported by their entire populations through voting, taxation, conscription, factory work, and encouragement. Unlike the Christians, all Arabs were involved in the killing of all Israeli Jews.

Accordingly, I have never had a problem with Jewish actions against Arabs. An admired friend of mine shot Syrian POWs, as did many other Jewish soldiers. Under the leadership of peace-loving Jews such as Ben Gurion and Levi Eshkol, Israelis cleansed sensitive areas from Arabs—and my sensitive readers don’t want to know the death toll or the manner in which the Arabs died. I find that completely acceptable. When someone wants to kill my people, I don’t care to analyze his motives, whether he is good or evil. Regardless of Jesus’ admonition, I choose to hate those who hate me. Think about Moshe, the humblest man: he did not ask the Egyptian why he was beating the Jew. Perhaps the Egyptian was right; maybe the Jew did something wrong. The Egyptian’s reasoning was of no concern to Moses, who proceeded to kill him, and neither it is to me.

Statehood is immensely dangerous because it makes the entire nation vulnerable. Jews were much safer scattered among dozens of peoples than in Israel; it is ridiculous to assert that Israel makes the Jews safe. When the Ukrainians massacred the Jews, the Moroccans didn’t. At any given moment, most Jews were safe in the pre-Israel Diaspora.

The Jewish patriotic movement drained the Diaspora and made Jews into a single target. I don’t count North American Jews, who assimilate at a rate of 70 percent—in two generations, less than 10 percent of them will be left. But just as Jews were made into a single target, so were their enemies. Living among Christian nations, we differentiated between good and bad people among them; those who refrained from killing us were good: heck, something like 0.01 percent of them even saved us during the Holocaust. Faced with Arab tribes, we need not discriminate: the entire Syrian people participate in wars against us; there has been no anti-war or pro-Israeli demonstration in Damascus ever. The rule is simple: distinguish between good and evil individuals when living among them, don’t distinguish when you face nations as single entities. Dispersed, think at the micro-level; united, engage in foreign policy.

What about Israeli Arabs? Ostensibly, as they live among us, they qualify for the good-evil distinction as individuals. Not really. The critical difference is they live among us, not we among them. Note how other nations viewed local Jews as a single body without dwelling upon individual differences. Weak minorities have to discern good and evil individuals among the dominant majority. This is their only strategy for survival. How could Jews stay in Germany if they recognized all Germans as evil? Jews had to cooperate with some Germans in order to live in that country.

The Arabs see themselves as Palestinians, Arabs, or Muslims rather than Israelis. Naturally they find it hard to identify with a Jewish state. To all purposes, Israeli Arabs are a foreign nation which occupies some parts of our land. When Israeli police find it dangerous to enter Arab neighborhoods in Israel, there is little chance and even less need for common Jews to distinguish between good and evil Arabs.

To call the hatred of Arabs racism is incorrect. Arabs are of the same race as Jews, and of the same ethnicity as Sephardi Jews. The hatred is not religious, either: most Israeli Arabs are practical atheists, as are many Jews who hate them. To hate Israeli Arabs is no more immoral than to hate the Syrian ones; until a few decades ago, they thought of themselves as one people.

The legal witch-hunt against Israeli companies that refuse to hire Arabs is unreasonable. Why is it permissible to want to marry only a Jew but not to hire him? What is the difference between a marriage ad that reads, “Jews only, please” and a similar ad in the job classifieds? Or take the supposedly permissible patriotic dimension: why is “Buy Israeli-made” acceptable while “Buy Jewish-made” is questionable and “Don’t buy Arab-made” is illegal? The employment preference commonly offered to those who have completed their army service equals rejection of Arabs. There are plenty of ways to circumvent legal restrictions, but why do we need the hypocrisy in our own country?

Jews and their enemies are not equal.