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Ayn Rand’s Thoughts on the Middle East and Israel
Edward Hudgins
October 9, 2023
--- Quote ---... We can turn to Ayn Rand for insights about why such an economically successful state as Israel with an open society is so hated by its neighbors.

1. EAST-WEST CONFLICT AND ISRAEL

In 1974, Ayn Rand was asked about American Middle East policy in the aftermath of the Arab-Israeli War of the previous year. That was the fourth war since the modern state of Israel was established in 1948. It was the fourth time that the little country had had to fight for its existence. There have been many attacks in the half-century since then, culminated in the current Hamas attack.

While Rand did not advocate sending American troops into the conflict, she did argue that America should “Give all the help possible to Israel.” She stated specifically that “the help Israel needs is technology and military weapons—and they need them desperately. Why should we help Israel?” She explained that at that time, Israel was “fighting not just the Arabs but Soviet Russia, who is sending the Arabs armaments.” ...

2.     PREMODERN VS. MODERN ARAB-ISRAELI CULTURE CLASH

“The Arabs are one of the least developed cultures,” Rand argued. “They are typically nomads. Their culture is primitive, and they resent Israel because it's the sole beachhead of modern science and civilization on their continent.” ...
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