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The Psalmists put it very well when they wrote, "hashem oz l'amo yiten; hashem yivarech et amo b'shalom." I interpret this wonderful verse to mean that, "God will give the Jewish people strength, and only through strength will they achieve Shalom, peace." When anybody ever challenges Jewish power and influence, remind them that Jewish power is the best road to peace: that history has proven that Jews without power are vulnerable to the oldest prejudice known to humankind -- a prejudice that may abate, as it did for several decades following the Second World War, but it always rears its ugly head as it is now doing in England, France, Eastern Europe and on the hard left in the United States. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School and author of The Case against the Democratic House Impeaching Trump, Skyhorse Publishing, 2019. The articles printed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editors or of Gatestone Institute.
When Jewish power and influence are used in the cause of peace and justice -- as it is today -- there is nothing to be ashamed of. A shorter version of this article appeared in The Jewish Press. No part of the Gatestone website or any of its contents may be reproduced, copied or modified, without the prior written consent of Gatestone Institute.
When I hear that Jews contribute too much money to support pro-Israel causes, I say we must contribute more.
When I hear that Jews control the media, I ask "Why is so much of the media so anti-Israel? Jews have contributed enormously -- disproportionately -- to America's success.
History has proven that Jews need more power and influence than other groups to secure their safety.
During the 1930s and early 1940s Jews had morality on their side, but they lacked the power and influence to save six million of their brothers and sisters from systematic murder.
Gatestone also reserves the right to edit comments for length, clarity and grammar.In the Middle East, Israel must have more military power than all of its enemies and potential enemies combined.As Benjamin Netanyahu wisely put it: "The truth is that if Israel were to put down its arms there would be no more Israel.Gatestone regrets that, because of the increasingly great volume of traffic, we are not able to publish them all. Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani physician who helped the U. locate Osama bin Laden, has been in jail in Pakistan since he was arrested days after the raid on bin Laden's compound in 2011.In 2013, he was granted a retrial, with a new charge that appears politically motivated: charged with murder in regard to the death, eight years earlier, of a patient he had treated.