The Jewish Nation was reborn in
Arie S. Issar
During the last few months I received repeated e-mail
letters, in English, Hebrew and even in Esperanto, with an article called "Europe Died in Auschwitz". In all
these letters it was claimed that the article is translated from an article written by a Spanish journalist, Sebastian Vivar
Rodriguez. All of my efforts and my friends' efforts to identify the journalist failed. Thus, until otherwise proven
we can assume that the article is some sort of artful propaganda trick.
I would not have bothered my friends with this article if not for
the peculiar chain of events interwoven with the receipt of the e-mails containing it, all associated in this way or the
other with its title. This chain of associations, in the first place, raised a chain of personal memories which pushed
me to sit down and write this article. In the second place it confirmed the "First Law of unexpected certainty", which I
formulated, saying that "The most unexpected is the most certain to occur".
Just in order to familiarize the reader who
was not fortunate to get the series of e-mails mentioned above, I will tell in brief that this "journalist" claims that
the Europeans "…assassinated 6 million Jews in order to end up bringing in 20 million Muslims! The Europeans he
Auschwitz the culture, intelligence and power to create…… people who gave to humanity the symbolic figures who were
capable of changing history (Christ, Marx, Einstein, Freud...) and who is the origin of progress and wellbeing."
The peculiar occurrence, from my point of view, was that just when I
got the first e-mail with the title mentioning Auschwitz I was collecting material for an essay, from which I got to
learn about the origin of the gas 'Zyklon B.' This gas was used by the Germans in the gas chambers of the above
mentioned infamous concentration camp. The essay I was writing was about the question: "Whose forecast will be
verified in 2025: Malthus’ or Condorcet’s?
In this essay I examined the new prophecies of thirst and hunger to come mainly upon the Third World as a result of the
Global Climate Change. One of these prophecies was that of the World Water Forum (WWF), which convened during March 2006
in Mexico City and which stated that an estimated 2.7 billion people, or one third of the world’s population, will face
major water shortages by 2025, also foretelling a shortage of food, since irrigation for agriculture is the most important use of
water. In my article, I argued that in order that this prophecy should be falsified like that of Malthus, two hundred
years ago. In order that Condorcet’s prophecy of abundance, which Malthus disagreed with, will be verified, the world
has to invest in progressing the population threatened by the WWF prophecy on the dimensions of democracy, education and
science. Progress on these dimensions produced the innovations that brought a surplus of food to the world.
Condorcet argued that liberalism will bring enlightenment and advance in education and
science, and even voluntary birth control. These stages of progress will guarantee ample food. The verification of
Condorcet's prophecy was the "Green Revolution," one of its major steps was made by the chemist Fritz Haber, A German
Jew, who found a way to synthesize ammonia from the nitrogen in the air. This led to the industrial production of
fertilizers, which won him the Nobel Prize in 1918. The same Fritz Haber initiated modern chemical warfare by promoting
and organizing the use of chlorine gas by the German army during the First World War. When Hitler came to power in
Germany, Haber had to leave this country because of his Jewish origin. A byproduct of his invention was the insecticide
Zyklon B gas, which the German army used for the extermination of Jews in the concentration camps, among them Auschwitz.
The second association came while I was writing, a few weeks later,
another article on the subject of "Progressive Development", which in my opinion should replace "Sustainable
Development" in the semi-arid regions, which are going to dry up due to Global Change.
The writing of this article involved the study of the successes, as well as failures, of the various projects in which I was involved in the dry countries of the world. Here
came the associations of my first steps in this field which were made in the Negev Desert, as a student of Prof. Leo
Picard and his assistant Zeev Shiftan.
Both of them were born in Germany, but unlike Fritz
Haber, they did not try to assimilate into the German nation, but joined the Zionist movement and migrated to Palestine.
Leo Picard, who got his geological education in Germany, was a pioneer in all that
relates to groundwater development in Palestine. After the State of Israel was formed, he insisted that exploration
wells should be drilled in the Negev Desert, as according to his theory groundwater must exist there. He was backed up
by Engineer Simcha Blass, later the inventor of the drip irrigation system, who convinced David Ben Gurion, the first
prime-minister of Israel, to supply a budget for buying a few British army surplus
percussion drilling machines. With the help of veteran drillers who volunteered for this project, the first wells were
drilled along the western escarpment of the Arava Valley. Indeed groundwater was found and since then many wells were
drilled. Their water makes possible the thriving special winter agriculture of this valley.
As a student I accompanied my instructors when they sited the wells
and later I served as the well sitter, which meant going down to the drilling sites every few days, bringing back the
drilled rock samples and reporting the advance, success or failure. During the long days of travel with Picard and
Shiftan, I learned about the reasons for their decision to leave Germany and immigrate to Israel. Picard, who first
immigrated to Palestine in 1924, then returned to Germany for his Ph.D. studies and in 1934 started his academic career
as lecturer at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, told me that because of various experiences as a young men, he came
to the decision that anti-Semitism is ingrained in the German population, general as well as academic and there is no
future for the Jewish people in this country. The same story I heard from Shiftan, who was detained in Buchenwald
concentration camp, after the Nazis gained power, but got a certificate from Palestine, enabling his immigration.
Here comes the next association, namely Iran. In 1960 Picard and
Shiftan were invited by the FAO and the Iranian Government to start a project of groundwater development in Iran. As
neither could take on this project, they suggested me as the head of the project, this was accepted and in 1961 I
left with my family for Iran, where we stayed for more than three years. One of my tasks was to locate a well for
supplying fresh water for the building of the electric power station at Busheir, at that time a conventional power
station. After I left Iran I was invited o come back by the UN Atomic Energy Agency to advise the Iranian Government on
the application of environmental isotopes in hydro-geologic investigation. I left Iran just a few weeks before the
Ayatollas gained power.
The above mentioned e-mails continued to arrive while I was
listening to the spiteful orations by Iran's president Ahmedinajad promising the destruction of Israel, and his boast
of turning Iran into a nuclear powered state (Not mentioning that atomic power is a brain child of mostly Jewish
theoretical physicists, especially a Jewish lady scientist named Lisa Meitner, and was implemented by a team including
many Jewish physicists headed by Robert Oppenheimer) and hearing about the conversion of the Bousheir power station to
a nuclear station with the help of Russia, the vicious circle closed. This brought to mind Abdul Nasser's boasting
speeches in the days before the Six Days War in 1967.
I was mobilized to my reserve artillery unit in Jerusalem (the guns,
were positioned on a field a few hundred meters from my home) and we were sitting and waiting. The radio was tuned to
Cairo from whence the voice of Abdul Nasser was heard. A fellow soldier in our battery,
a refugee from Egypt, translated the speeches from which we learned that the destruction of Israel is near, by the
coalition of Egyptian, Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian and Iraqi armies, equipped by arms manufactured by the USSR. Hearing
these promises, one of the fellows got up pulled up his sleeve and pointed at the number tattooed on his arm in
Auschwitz and cried out in Hebrew: 'Ya Abdul Nasser. Never Again! No more killing of Jews, one Auschwitz was enough, we
have learnt the lesson". As a matter of fact, this fellow gave vent to the feeling of all us and of most Israelis. The
burden of anxiety from another stage of extermination, exploded in an outburst of bravery which washed away the Arab
armies in the shortest war in our history.
After a day or two the war started, after the Jordanian Arab Legion
broke down, we advanced north towards Ramallah, but before reaching it we were informed that it surrendered, so we
turned east towards Jericho. We stopped for a while north of Jerusalem. We could see the Old City and hear the fighting.
Then there was silence and on the army radio net we could hear the voice of Motta Gur the parachutes division commander:
"The Temple Mount is in our hands, the Temple Mount is in our hands". We continued to Jericho, and found out that it
surrendered too. We continued northward, participated in silencing Syrian guns which shelled the valley of Genessaret,
climbed the escarpment above Kibbutz Shamir and stopped our advance on the Golan Heights facing Damascus, when the cease
fire was declared. On our way back we heard that Abdul Nasser resigned and saw convoys of Palestinian refugees returning
to their homes, from which they fled when they heard that the Israeli army is advancing.
The original publication is available at
www.springerlink.com Hydrogeology Journal, 2007, 15(2):419-422
"Progressive development in arid environments: adapting the concept of sustainable development
to a changing world",
Hydrogeology Journal 1431-2174 (Print) 1435-0157 (Online) Springer Berlin /
Arie Issar pioneered hydrogeology in Israel and is a world-recognized authority on the subject. He is an emeritus
professor at the J. Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and has
authored several books on geology, climate change and philosophy.
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the author. All rights reserved.