Lawrence of Arabia Was a Zionist
Watching Peter O'Toole at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, one couldn't help but hearken back to that David Lean film classic, "Lawrence of Arabia." O'Toole's T.E. Lawrence was the archetype British Arabist, but, according to historian Sir Martin Gilbert, Lawrence was in reality a staunch Zionist.
Sir Martin plans to expand upon this thesis in his forthcoming book, "Churchill and the Jews" and for now, it can be read about further in The Jerusalem Post and The Independent. According to the latter:
Sir Martin revealed last night that a series of minutes written by Lawrence, which he uncovered in the National Archive, demonstrated his sympathy with the Zionist cause. Working for Churchill in 1921, for example, he clearly identified "the area of Palestine from the Mediterranean to Jordan" as the "Jewish National Home".It will be interesting to see how today's Arabist historical revisionists try to spin this one. Something tells me the fact that Sir Martin is Jewish will be the clincher. These days, that's all it takes to invalidate facts.
I remember several years ago at one of the San Francisco pro-Israel counter-protests I used to attend regularly, trying to talk to a young Arab-American man about the chaos and violence taking place at the time (and still today) among the Palestinians. "The Jews Wrote the News!" he chanted back at me, completely ignoring my words in the process.
Hopefully, Sir Martin won't run into the same roadblock.
Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.