The Hamas horror is also a lesson on the price of populism, so claimed Yuval Noah Harari, in his opinion piece published Washington Post.
Yuval Noah Harari, who is the author of “Sapiens,” “Homo Deus” and “Unstoppable Us” and a professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem revealed his thoughts in brief.
First, he said Israelis are struggling to understand what has just hit them. They first compared the current disaster to the 1973 Yom Kippur War when the armies of Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack and inflicted on Israel a string of military defeats.
Later, the Israel Defense Forces regrouped, regained the initiative and turned the tables.
As more and more people think about it, he said what has happened to Israel at this time is nothing like the Yom Kippur War.
Furthermore, he said people are making comparisons to the Jewish people’s darkest hours, when the mobile killing units of the Nazi Einsatzgruppen surrounded and murdered Jewish villagers during the Holocaust, or when pogroms were waged against Jews in the Russian Empire.
According to Harari, the state of Israel was founded to ensure that this (what happened during the holocaust) would never happen again.
So how did it happen? How did the state of Israel go missing in action?
Before he ended his remarks, he said nothing that happened in the past justified what happened during the Holocaust, or during the most recent Hamas horror.
But why did this happen?