Jews In War

For most people, the word,Israel, conveys a strong military power and people who use force whenever they deem necessary. However, from the Diaspora in the first century until World War I and World War II, Jews were not noted for their military ability. Over 1.5 million Jews fought in World War II with 550,000 in the US Army, 500,000 in the Russian army and 30,000 in British units including the Jewish Brigade from Palestine. Recently opened archives in Moscow reveal that Jews were at the highest command level during World War II even though dictator Joseph Stalin attempted to hide from the Russian public that Jews were active participants in combat. He preferred the myth that Jews were lazy parasites who allowed others to fight for Russia.

Perhaps, it is time for Israel to cease displaying its fighting spirit and recognize that peace and caring are also Jewish virtues.