But what, to return to the Likud minister’s question, makes Europe different? One thing above all. The EU’s ruling ideology is supra-nationalism. Its founders detested the national principle, which they regarded as one step away from fascism and war. They were wrong: The misalignment of national units with state frontiers is arguably the chief cause of conflict in the world, from Chechnya to Kashmir, from Sri Lanka to South Sudan. But they sincerely believed that national loyalties were irrational, transient and dangerous, as do their successors today.
Israel represents the most vivid vindication of the national principle that humanity has witnessed.
This nails it. It explains anti-Zionism not just in post-WWII Europe, but in the left-liberal and center-liberal world generally. Liberals have become invested in the fallacy that "nationalism breeds fascism".