From Midway to the Mideast

In the latest issue of Newsweek, NYC District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau and Frank M. Tuerkheimer, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, have an interesting piece about relationship between the victory at the Battle of Midway and the creation of the state of Israel:

Last week marked the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Midway; in May we commemorated the 59th anniversary of the state of Israel, and every year we set aside a day to remember the victims of the Holocaust. There is a line that intimately connects these events. (MORE)

They argue that were it not for the victory at Midway, FDR would not have had the confidence to have 300 Sherman tanks redesigned for the desert. These tanks were then sent to the Suez and used to defeat Gen. Rommel in North Africa. Behind Rommel’s forces were new mobile gas units waiting to kill the Jews of Palestine, in accord with an agreement between Hitler and the grant mufti of Jerusalem.

As they point out:

Who would have fought the 1948 war if there were no local Jewish population?

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