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April 17, 2013 1:53 pm

Einstein’s Never Before Seen Israel Independence Day Speech Revealed

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Albert Einstein, who was posthumously baptized by the Mormon Church. Photo: wiki commons.

A newly published document from the Israel State Archive and the Albert Einstein Archive at Hebrew University offers insight into famed physicist Albert Einstein ‘s view of Israel and the Middle East.

The document is of a speech Einstein was to give on Israel’s Independence Day, 1955. Written in conjunction with the Israeli consulate and Ambassador Abba Eban, its contents never reached the ears of Einstein’s intended audience: the American people. He died only days before it was to be delivered on ABC, NBC and CBS.

“This is the seventh anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel,” Einstein opened. “The establishment of this State was internationally approved and recognised largely for the purpose of rescuing the remnant of the Jewish people from unspeakable horrors of persecution and oppression.”

“Thus, the establishment of Israel is an event which actively engages the conscience of this generation,” he continued. “It is, therefore, a bitter paradox to find that a State which was destined to be a shelter for a martyred people is itself threatened by grave dangers to its own security. The universal conscience cannot be indifferent to such peril.”

Einstein was critical, too, of those who would place a disproportionate amount of blame on Israel for tensions in the region. And he didn’t mince words when he said, “It is anomalous that world opinion should only criticize Israel’s response to hostility and should not actively seek to bring an end to the Arab hostility which is the root cause of the tension.”

Yair Rosenberg, who first wrote about the speech for Tablet, notes that it allows a further understanding of the complex relationship Einstein had with the Jewish state, one of vacillation and ambivalence: “Because of these nuances, Einstein has often been appropriated by anti-Zionists, who claim him as their own. But as his final speech shows, Einstein remained until the end a passionate defender of Israel and seeker of peace-and a strong believer that the two causes were not mutually exclusive, but rather mutually reinforcing.”

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  • david d

    he was a good jew

  • The Older Goatface

    What on earth has the Mormon “Church” got to do with this?

    They have the oddest beliefs, including the daft idea that they can circumvent someone’s beliefs in life by a ceremony (“baptism”) after their death.

    Whatever floats their boat, I guess, but their practices no more link Einstein with Mormonism than the Ecuadorian embassy across the road from his house in Bern links him to that country by virtue of proximity.

    Want your journalism to be taken seriously? Stop taking loonies seriously then.

    • Canof Sand

      What the heck are you even talking about, you anti-Mormon bigot? The LDS church isn’t mentioned in the article.

  • Leon Poddebsky

    It’s a shame that even the genius, Einstein, attributed “the internationally approved..” establishment of Israel to sympathy for oppressed Jews, instead of to international recognition of the Jewish People’s equal right to national self-determination and sovereignty in their Homeland.
    In doing so, he seems to have overlooked the fact that the process of re-establishing the Jewish nation-state began not post-Holocaust, but even as the First World War was being fought.

  • You should have presented the complete speech!

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Is never to late, still very appropriate even after many years.The similar social political had not change.

  • I’ve typed my opinion twice now and someone is censoring my comments I am strongly supportive of Israel and a student of the works of Einstein .I like and respect both…

  • E.S.Lombard

    I recall that my aunt, Rachel Yarden, used to collect Einstein to address Zionist meetings back perhaps around 1935 in New Jersey. She was a friend and native German speaker. She made mention of his well known heedlessness of sartorial niceties: yellowed collars, missing socks and laces,etc.