Long Live the Ideals of Ze’ev Jabotinsky

by Ronn Torossian
September 5, 2014

The great Zionist leader and prophet Ze’ev Jabotinsky said many years ago that “The past lays a railroad track for the future.”  Indeed while the years go by, anti-Semitism remains a constant throughout world history.  And Jabotinsky’s gems can be studied for eternity.

While a terrorist organization fired rockets upon Israeli civilians, Israelis earned the wrath of many of the world’s nations for protecting themselves. Perhaps if Israel did not have the Iron Dome, more Jews would have died, and then Israel would have gained sympathy. This is the time to remember the ageless words of Jabotinsky, “We [Jews] do not have to apologize for anything. We are a people as all other peoples; we do not have any intentions to be better than the rest.”

Jabotinsky once asked, “‘Everybody is wrong and you alone are right?’ No doubt this question springs by itself to the reader’s lips and mind. It is customary to answer this with apologetic phrases to the effect that I fully respect public opinion, that I bow to it, that I was glad to make concessions….All this is unnecessary, and all this is untrue. You cannot believe in anything in the world, if you admit even once that perhaps your opponents are right, and not you. This is not the way to do things. There is but one truth in the world, and it is all yours. If you are not sure of it, stay at home; but if you are sure, don’t look back, and it will be your way.”…..


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