Really well said.
He says "Israel" but of course his thoughts apply to Jews as well.
"The Europeans hate Israel with the passion of derangement. Why? Well,
one might argue that the Europeans always have hated Jews; they were
sorry they hated Jews for a while after the Holocaust, but they have
gotten over that and hate us again."
"Europe’s derangement has deeper roots. Post-nationalist Europeans, to be
sure, distrust and despise all forms of nationalism. But Israeli
nationalism does not offend Europe merely because it is one more kind of
nationalism. From its founding, Europe has been haunted by the idea of Israel."
"The flowering of Jewish national life in Israel makes the Europeans
crazy. It is not simply envy: it is a terrible reminder of the vanity of
European national aspirations over the centuries, of the continent’s
ultimate failure as a civilization. Just as the Europeans (most
emphatically the Scandinavians) would prefer to dissolve into the
post-national stew of European identity, they demand that Israel do the
same. Never mind that Israel lacks the option to do so, and would be
destroyed were it to try, for reasons that should be obvious to any
casual consumer of news media."
"Europeans cannot live with their past. They cannot live with their
present, and do not plan to have a future, for they do not bear enough
children to forestall demographic ruin at the hundred-year horizon."
its high fertility, national spirit, religiosity and unabashed national
self-assertion, Israel reminds the Europeans of everything that they
are not. Much worse: it reminds them of what they once desired to
"The idea of Israel as well as the fact of Israel are equally
intolerable to them."