“Lesson of the Shoah? Oh God, you sound like our politicians. Honestly, I don’t understand the obsession with wanting to draw a lesson from the Holocaust. Why do we need to read a lesson into a past event? That reminds me of paranoid Zionists who try to read anti-Semitism into every statement. “We really need to find some lesson.” is like “We really need to find some anti-Semitism.””
…you… don’t see a connection between anti-Semitism and the Holocaust? Or that there’s a lesson to be learned from the systematic destruction of 12 million people (including the attempted extermination of the whole of Jewry which wiped out 2/3’s of Europe’s population)?
The events of 1881-1945 speak to the need of Jews for a sovereign, safe state of their own, and it was recognized before WWII had reached its ugliest point (Herzl’s career, Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s speech at Warsaw are two obvious examples.)
The issue today, that Jewish state being realized, secure, and providing ongoing refuge (this year will mark the single largest French Aliyah since 1948 due to rising fears of anti-Semitism), is to secure a 2 state peace deal. A lesson learned is that a people should have a state in which they can be safe and free from persecution.
While I know it’s an unpopular view on this site, I really do believe that 2 states for 2 peoples is a pragmatic necessity as the most practical, best path forward for Israel and Palestine. A safe, sovereign, prosperous Palestinian state alongside a safe, sovereign, prosperous Israel and deeply integrated economic and security cooperation between the two states will do more to advance the cause of the Palestinian people than the inevitable strife that a one state solution would.