Germany made another turn to the right when the anti-immigration (AFD) Party won 11% in the Bavarian state elections on Sunday delivering a clear message to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her fragile coalition government that the tide is turning in favour of the Nationalist oriented parties.

Angela Merkel, It’s Not Good!

What might this all mean for the Jewish State and its relationship with a Europe in flux?

Firstly in the short term, Israel will continue to garner support and encouragement from some but not all of Europes Right-wing parties with varying degrees of commitment.

In the long-term, these Nationalist movements will return to their traditional anti-Semitic anti-Israel myopic dogma.

Right-wing Nationalists by definition are hostile towards anyone who oppose their authority and are seen as the other not ‘one of us’!

‘Not One of Us’

The Right will always end up demanding a disciplined uniformity from its disciples who will willingly impose constraints on its political opposition and those who will not conform to the Nationalist ideal.

The left is no stranger to these absolutes, and are presently the most aggressive promoters of Jewish hatred in the world today.

Returning to the subject presently under discussion, historically Jews do not conform to nor are they predisposed to authoritarian systems of government.

This makes them a natural bulwark against extremes of either persuasion inviting the ingrained hostility and prejudices Europe harbours for Jews and at the moment, in particular, the ‘Jewish State’.

With the rise of the Right-wing in Europe we should expect to see after the initial ‘Honeymoon’ period a resurrection of anti-Jewish economic, social, and political policies towards the State of Israel and diaspora Jewry.

One should expect to see Jews denied civil liberties now taken for granted,  should either the extreme Left or Right gain the ascendancy in Europe.

It Happened Once it can Happen Again

These draconian actions would be implemented piecemeal so as not to arouse opposition from the silent majority nor outraged Jewry.  Such actions will be validated by convincing their citizenry the Jews of Europe are conflicted by their dual loyalty to the Jewish State while being lukewarm to the countries that have embraced them suggesting this amounts to disloyalty towards the host countries of Europe.

The Right / Left while being antagonistic to their Jews will for the most remain non-violent however as the Jewish State becomes marginalised and eventually ostracised from the nations of the world conditions for Europes Jews will descend into violence and intimidation not seen since the dark days of Hitlers Germany.

There will be a trade-off with the extremists becoming the new normal while Jews and the Jewish State continue to be vilified in the mainstream forums and media.  Resulting in a strident nativism based on hate for the ‘Jew’.

The last word “be careful you may get what you wished for”.





Yosef Yigal Drever

Yosef Yigal Drever and Sylvia Drever co-founded Achdut HaLev in 2006 to reach out to the Jewish community's around the world providing support in learning Torah and promoting the 'Return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.' Yosef Yigal made Aliya in 2014 while Sylvia his wife is an Israeli. In late 2014 Achdut HaLev concentrated all its resources towards Aliya and the rebuilding of Eretz Yisrael. Excluding none and embracing all. The commandment to settle the Land of Israel is equal in importance to all the Torah Commandments all together: (Sifri Deut 12:29)