Personal thoughts on current events, cultural events, Israel, Judaism, Jewish/Israel innovations and life from a Jewish perspective - read into that what you may.

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

In Response to the Question - What is a Moderate?

Take the settler/religious/non-religious sectors out of this discussion. It has nothing to do with sectors of people and everything to do with one whom acts/thinks moderately regarding today's matzav.

What is a moderate? you ask.

Here is my definition:

A moderate is one who has accepted the "reality of the Israeli/Palestinian situation" as the liberal world has created it to be (pushed by many years of disinformation by the Arab world) and has adjusted his/her opinions of what we should do according to that mis-reading of reality. The point is that when you try to solve a problem that does not represent the true problem, the solution that you implement just won't work!

A moderate is a Jew, any Jew, who thinks that it is ok for negotiations with our enemies to involve negotiations over parts of the Land of Israel, believing that any such negotiations will really solve the issues of the Middle East (hence the real issue - and not the Israel/Palestinian issue).

A moderate is one who disagrees with the fact that the negotiations with our enemies should START off at the point that the Land of Israel belonging to the Jewish people is an indisputable fact that is NOT negotiable and that any negotiations must start with how the WORLD, including the Arab world, will help solve the Palestinian refugee issue. That is the real issue at stake that has everything to do with the Arab world and world powers.

In closing, a moderate is a Jew, any Jew, who thinks that he/she believes that by being pragmatic he/she is working towards the betterment of Am Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael.

That is my opinion and you are more than welcome to disagree with me.

Regarding the one unpleasant fact you mentioned, all I have to say is that regardless of that issue, we should be screaming at the top of our lungs the above argument. So long as we don't, and the longer it takes us to do it, the longer our situation will continue.

Regardless, in my world view, even if the worse case scenario comes about and we ourselves give away parts of the Land of Israel, our conflict will not end, it will only continue, thanks to the stupidity of our cousins who will never stop their crusade against us. That means, that one day, we will end up in all of Eretz Yisrael once again.

So, what situation do we want? a situation where we are forced to leave in order to return once again, with many more years of pain, anguish and mourning?

Or a situation where we try to end the lies of today's reality once and for all and stand up for ourselves as we should, right now.


Monday, January 20, 2003

The Myth of the Moderate Religious Settler

I have always tried my best to portray myself as the moderate religious settler, in effect trying to blunt the "damage" the more extreme settlers have on all of us; Explaining my beliefs together with pragmatic reasoning (which obviously toned down the _expression of my true beliefs) to garner some understanding, if not agreement, with the people who I communicated with.

However, today's two year matzav has clarified quite a lot for me, and one of the most important lessons of them all is that our horrible matzav continues, and will continue, so long as we, Jews/Israelis, don't admit to ourselves and to the rest of the world what we truly believe in, which is that Eretz Yisrael is the land of the Jewish people, period - whoever can accept that and live peacefully with us, great let's live in harmony, whoever can't accept that and acts accordingly will have to face extremely stiff consequeces. Once this is accepted, all the specifc issues can be resolved, but as long as we ourselves don't wholeheartedly scream the above message out loud, we will continue to pay for our silence.

For good or for bad, the above argument is totally based on faith and belief, and flies in the face of the pragmatic liberal world we live in. (Even though I believe that the pragmatic liberal - pascifist ideology flies in the face of true reality and pragmatism.)

So, I'm left with believeing that I no longer should portray myself as a moderate religious settler, because I'm not, and the longer we, as a community, continue to delude ourselves that such a thing exists, by hiding behind the true belief of our own religion, the longer we contribute to our horrible matzav to continue.

Thanks for letting me vent.


Thursday, January 09, 2003

Israeli Democracy?

***I write the following harsh words about Israeli democracy because I believe that true change can only come about when we, en mass, start saying the naked truth about the situation loud and clear. Otherwise, we continue to play according to the rules of the undemocratic ruling elite. ***

Israel’s Democracy Must Be Changed!!

Yitzchak Rabin was quoted as saying that he had to try the Oslo accords because Israel couldn’t fight the Arabs anymore because of the Israeli Supreme Court.

Today we were provided further proof of that unfortunate fact.

The decisions made today in the Supreme Court allowing Tibi and Bashara to run for the Knesset had nothing to do with the law and everything to do with executing a particular ideology, (an immoral-European one, I might add, that appeases the ruthless, and directly & indirectly hurts the innocent).

As the symbol and executor of “authentic” Israeli Democracy, the Supreme Court further provided proof for me that this type of democracy must be changed.

My vote will go to the political party that earnestly and constantly communicates the messages below loud and clear to the Israeli public:

**Israel’s laws of democratic conduct must be changed.

**It is undemocratic for Supreme Court Judges to pick fellow Judges.

**A vote for Labor/Mitzna is a vote for politicians who support enemies of Israel to sit in the Knesset.

**We can’t totally win the war against the West Bank/Gaza Arabs and their Israeli Arab supporters if our own Supreme Court continues to take steps to defend their undisputed evil words and actions.

Following Rabin’s logic we should act towards changing Israel’s Supreme Court/laws of Democracy so that we can be allowed to win the war against the Arabs. We can not continue the dangerous Oslo path of land for peace towards more bloodshed.

Food for thought:

What is more immoral?

Expelling an Arab (Israeli, West Bank/Gazan) that supports the enemies of Israel and/or the killing of Israelis

Allowing the bloodshed of innocent Israelis to continue.

I believe that it is time we use our true Jewish Kup and not our Jewish-galut kup.

No, this is not the only challenge that we face in fighting out enemies, but this is one thing that we have the power to change if we start telling ourselves and the public the truth.