Most American Jews are leftist because leftism tells them what they want to hear: there is no biblical God, the Torah is man-made, and all people are brothers. Ask your reformist rabbi if he believes in God and watch him evade the answer with stories of a universal mind and spirit which is in men. He cannot believe in God, or else how could he disregard or creatively rework his commandments? Ask him about Pinchas, who earned eternal blessing for his descendants by killing a Jew for peacefully marrying a nice non-Jewish woman from a good Midian family. Think of the Jews who for thousands of years thanked God in their prayers for having chosen us, for exalting us above all nations, and for being unlike them. And just in case no one has told you, there are explicit commandments to eradicate non-Jewish worship from the land of Israel, expel the natives, and build the Temple. Every rabbinical commentator, without exception, agrees that those commandments are binding upon Jews.

Would a reformist rabbi stand out on the street corner, near his temple, and proudly tell passersby that here God’s chosen people assemble? Does he even know that God calls Jews “the people who shall dwell alone”? Jews who intermarry with gentiles act on a simple realization: there is no rational reason to be Jewish. There are nice, ethical, honest, smart, funny, and good-looking Gentiles. No trait is unique to Jews. Jewish culture? There is no specific Jewish culture; we have assimilated the cultures of various nations, from Holland to Iraq. Jewish history? Past shouldn’t determine the present. Jewish heritage? Our only heritage is religious, and once the religion is abandoned, heritage becomes an empty name. Jewish ancestry? That’s racism: I was born Jewish, and he was born Black. There is only a single conceivable reason not to marry a gentile: because God told us to be his people and dwell alone.

Lies are soothing, but they remain lies nonetheless. Consider the last one, about universal brotherhood. The Torah indeed calls non-Jews our neighbors, but you wouldn’t like to know where. Close your eyes to the politically correct world. God told the Hebrews to borrow valuables from their Egyptian neighbors before the Exodus. The only time in the Torah when non-Jews are called our neighbors is when we’re about to defraud them. Why? Because only at that time were the foreigners willing to help us, as God instilled temporary love of Jews into their hearts.

If that smacks of being dangerously un-Christian, rest assured that the Christian approach was similar. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus implies that even the despised Samaritans are our neighbors if they are ready to help us.

This brings us to another popular lie: unlike their ancestors from time immemorial until 1945, gentiles now help Israel, and our entire existence depends on American benevolence. Really? In 1948, the US Administration recalled its UN vote in favor of establishing the State of Israel and embargoed arms shipments to the Jewish state. That was three years after the Holocaust, when Jews were fighting the war of survival. America refused even to provide Israel with manuals for the Sherman tanks, and Jewish spies got them from the Soviets who received the tanks through the lend-lease program. In 1956 and 1967, the US General Staff prepared operation plans for landing in Sinai to defend Egypt against the Jewish aggressors. You think the American attitude toward Israel somehow radically changed in 1973? Not at all. Kissinger only sought to counter the growing Soviet influence, and started arms deliveries to Israel in response to a massive Soviet airlift to Egypt; the military aid came too late and remained mostly unused. To prove that US Administrations seek influence in the Middle East rather than Israel’s good is simple: America gives about as much aid to Egypt as to Israel, and sells much more advanced weaponry to Arabs than to Israel. Relative to GDP, Egypt and the Palestinians receive a lot more American aid than Israel.

America fought for Kuwait and pacified Iraq, both times expending more money than its cumulative aid to Israel over the decades. America liberated the fiefdom of Kuwait, but had no intention of defending Israel in 1967 and 1973.

Peace became the primary objective. There is an easy way to achieve peace. Actually, it is the only way: get out of this land. Jews can live in peace with Arabs by living in Canada. A Jewish state on what Islam considers Muslim land, on the land which the Palestinians consider theirs by birthright—such a state will never be at peace. Peace treaties are fine, but don’t confuse them with peace. There has been no peace in this land, ever. Ancient Israel accommodated religious minorities—a constant source of prophets’ condemnations—but still fought her neighbors incessantly. Jews have fought the same enemies—Egypt, Syria, the Canaanites, and Assyria—for three thousand years. Did history stop in our time? Not only was there no peace in this land, there was no peace anywhere in the world. European countries fought the two bloodiest wars ever just a few years ago. The current lull might last for decades, maybe a century—there have been similar truces in European history—but no land lives in eternal peace. Peace is never a product of good faith negotiations: if the faith were good there would have been no war in the first place. Nor is there any room, literally, for settlement: the land is too small to divide. The peace-talkers talk about the utterly indefensible borders, about Jewish towns interspersed with Arab villages, about carving cities. That’s a Berlin Wall scenario.

The peace process is a big scam. Israel survived the war of 1973 only because of the depth of defense provided by Sinai, which she had liberated in 1967. The Carter Administration forced Israel to give up Sinai. Today, Carter is a (pea)nut case and anti-Semite, but back then he was the peacemaker. Egypt promised to demilitarize Sinai, but so had it promised in 1956—a promise on which it reneged in 1967. America guaranteed Egyptian non-belligerency in the Camp David peace treaty, but so it did in 1957 to induce Israel to evacuate the Sinai, which she had conquered in 1956. Eisenhower promised Israel in 1957 that he would intervene should Egypt close the Tiran Straits; when Egypt did just that in 1967, the US Administration only pushed Israel to refrain from preemption.

The peace process is about anything but peace. Suppose Israel accepts Palestinian statehood here and now. What next? Nothing. The Saudis already acknowledged, and Bush Administration concurred, that it would take a long time for Arabs to establish diplomatic relations with Israel even if a Palestinian state is created. Iran—along with the American client state of Saudi Arabia, the world’s premier sponsor of terrorism—is not even considering a diplomatic arrangement with a Zionist entity.

And what is the value of diplomatic relations? Israel is at peace with Egypt and Jordan. Both allow the practically unrestricted activities of anti-Israeli guerrillas such as Hamas, PIJ, and PRC: they train there, seek donations, and purchase weapons. No normalization with Egypt has taken place in thirty years of peace: Egyptians are hostile to Israel, the government media lashes out against Jews, and Egypt continuously modernizes its army, whose only opponent is Israel. Peace with Egypt and Jordan hinges on the stability of their governments. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas’ parent organization, is the largest opposition party, slated to win by a landslide in the first less-than-totally-rigged elections. The Muslim Brotherhood in charge of the capable Egyptian army is Israel’s nightmare, and it is not too distant. In Jordan, the monarchy is doomed just as in any country, and a Palestinian majority would take over the government now usurped by a handful of pragmatic and ruthless Bedouin.

Perhaps we can stem the Palestinian-Jordanian trouble by giving in to the Palestinian’s demands? Give them a state! That won’t change anything. For Palestinians, Haifa and Tel Aviv–Jaffa are as much their land as Ramallah. Those cities were Palestinian before 1948. The Galilee is Palestinian; its many districts have almost no Jewish presence. Indeed, Israel itself is largely Palestinian: young Arabs constitute 34 percent of her youth. Do you think they would content themselves with living in a state which calls itself Jewish, has a Star on David on its flag, and sings of the Jewish soul in its national anthem? Don’t think badly of the Arabs. They are good patriotic fellows, and will fight such a state.

Speaking of rights, what rights do Jews have to Tel Aviv? They built it? So they have built countless villages in Ukraine, and houses in America. Arabs built villages in Galilee. Should they be sovereign there? Construction incurs homestead rights at best, never sovereignty. The historical right? Jews never lived in the area. Even in the Herodian period when the Roman protectorate of Judea extended to the sea, the seashore was settled by pagans. Religious right? Here you are. But our religious right starts not from Tel Aviv. It starts from Hebron, where Abraham purchased the first land plot in Canaan and the forefathers are buried. It starts in Schem, which was conquered by Jacob. It extends to southern Lebanon and Jordan—which indeed the League of Nations allocated to the Jews. But the British carved Jordan from the Mandate territory for a friendly princeling who had been evicted from Iraq.

You looked at the map, and that Palestinian state is so small, you say? Wrong. It’s bigger than the habitable Jewish part of Israel. Next time you look at the map, understand that Negev is a desert, and Galilee is as Arab as Ramallah. According to the American-Saudi peace plan, Jews are crowded onto a beach strip sixty by fourteen miles. Do you think a fourteeen-mile-wide state is defensible? Only in the sense of a thirty-second siren warning before rocket strikes.

Here comes ethnic-blind democracy. A huge country such as America or Russia has to be pluralistic. But why should tiny Israel accommodate Arabs? They have twenty-two countries nearby and can enjoy a perfectly Palestinian society just a few miles away. Many Americans move farther in search of work opportunities than the Israeli Arabs have to move to their new place of residence. Jews have left all the Arab countries; can we ask Israeli Arabs to please move out of our only state? Americans are entitled to their own country; when Mexicans try to settle there, they are at least called illegals. Why cannot Jews have a country of our own? What size land plot is not too big for Jews?

Why don’t we allow the 1948 refugees to return to Israel? They have exactly the same right to this land as the Arabs who currently live in Israel. If Jews have made some Arabs to flee, and don’t allow them back, why is it different with other Arabs, those who now reside in Israel?

All Zionist leaders proclaimed the necessity for a state with a Jewish majority. If it is moral and sensible to insist on limiting the number of Arabs to a minority, why isn’t it moral and sensible to limit their number specifically to an insignificant minority? That’s what the early leaders did. Ben Gurion authorized massive reprisals against Arab civilians. He closed their villages for weeks at a time, disrupting their life and economy. He ordered evictions and hostilities against Arabs, and pardoned the Jewish perpetrators such as in Kfar Kasem. The mainstream Jewish army, Haganah, attacked the infamous Dir Yassin village alongside the ETZEL and LEHI “terrorist groups.” The 400,000 Arabs who fled Israel in 1947-48 had a good reason to do so.

Did I just confirm what the media tell you, that Israelis oppress the Arabs? It all changed in the late 1970s. Then, Israeli leftists attacked the right-wing government for implementing the very same anti-Arab policies which the previous leftist governments did. Now Israeli Arabs pay virtually no taxes, don’t serve in the army, build housing without permits, reject municipal bills, and go unpunished for crimes and rioting. Israel’s official policy is to avoid bothering the Arab citizens lest they revolt.

You were told there is no solution to Israel’s existence but peace. Was there peace in Europe from the First World War until the Second? Was there peace from the Napoleonic wars to the Franco-German wars? Peace is peace, and of course there is no war when there is peace. But what peace was ever eternal? In every peace we should think of winning the next—imminent—war. So far Israel has been pretty good at that. We repelled Egypt in four wars, and took Sinai. We repelled Syria in three wars, and took the Golan Heights. We repelled countless aggressions from Lebanon, and got petty Shebaa Farms. We have repelled Palestinian terrorists over and over again. Arafat was sitting in Tunis, defeated and despised, until Shimon Peres brought him to Palestine as a dummy to sign peace with. Even at the peak of the Intifada, the number of its casualties paled to the number of victims of road accidents. Just why does Israel need peace with Palestinians, or Saudis, or Syrians? They will not become friendly to Jews, or stop military buildup, or cease to be a potential threat. Israel, amid a sea of Arabs, would never be able to decrease her army—which indeed grew substantially in dollar terms after the peace with Egypt. Peace would only constrain Israel’s strategy: she bombed Syrian nuclear facilities in 2007, but would have hesitated to do so if there were peace between the two countries. If Syria signs peace with Israel and afterwards continues with its military nuclear program, would Israel break the nominal but touted peace in order to eliminate the security threat? So a peace treaty is not always a good thing.

I cannot tell you what to believe in, but I can show you that everything you believe about Israel is false.