Einstein Opposed Creation of Jewish State … Warned Against Mistreatment of Arabs
Albert Einstein is one of the most prominent Jews in modern history.
And there are numerous false rumors about Einstein’s stance on Israel and Palestinians. For example, there is no evidence that Einstein ever uttered the following statement which has been falsely attributed to him:
It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews.
And while Einstein’s stance towards Israel started – after his death – being described as Zionist and pro-Israel, the facts are different.
On November 25, 1929, Einstein wrote to Chaim Weizmann – the future first President of Israel – stating:
If we do not succeed in finding the path of honest cooperation and coming to terms with the Arabs, we will not have learned anything from our two thousand year old ordeal and will deserve the fate which will beset us.
In addition – while Einstein supported a safe haven for Jews – he opposed the creation of a Jewish state in Israel.
In 1938, Einstein said:
I should much rather see reasonable agreement with the Arabs on the basis of living together in peace than the creation of a Jewish state. Apart from the practical considerations, my awareness of the essential nature of Judaism resists the idea of a Jewish state with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power ….
Einstein also condemned Menachem Begin’s and Yitzhak Shamir’s Likud party as “fascist” and espousing “an admixture of ultra-nationalism, religious mysticism and racial superiority.”