FDR Called Operation Torch a "Great Jihad of Freedom." It Was Nothing of the Kind.

Instead of acting as liberators, the WWII Allied forces in North Africa ended by propping up fascism, and leaving the Jews to their fate.

American infantry marching through Algiers after landing during Operation Torch in 1942. Bettmann.

American infantry marching through Algiers after landing during Operation Torch in 1942. Bettmann.

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Oct. 19 2017
About the author

David Pryce-Jones, the British novelist and political analyst, is the author of, among other books, The Closed Circle: An Interpretation of the Arabs and Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews.


Robert Satloff has written eloquently about Jews and Arabs whose interaction has been the stuff of history in the Middle East for long tumultuous years, with more of the same certain to come. His book Among the Righteous (2006) does justice to Arabs who, during the German occupation of North African countries in World War II, saved Jews from concentration camps and probable death just as other Righteous Gentiles did in Nazi Europe. The war had knock-on effects well worth exploring; in “The Jews Will Have to Wait,” Satloff now directs our attention to another one.

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