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Friday, June 17, 2005

My Journey to Manhigut Yehudit

Here is a great personal anecdote by someone who is now a MY supporter. I think I speak for many when I say "ditto" for the reasons on why I'm now a Manhigut Yehudit supporter as well.

Shabbat Shalom,


My Journey to Manhigut Yehudit
by: Gamliel Resnick
Sivan 1, 5765 (June 7, 05)

Gamliel Resnick, a graduate of Yeshiva University in New York,
is currently attending law school.

I used to think that if Binyamin Netanyahu or Ariel Sharon were to become prime minister, all of Israel's problems with the Arabs would disappear. I was surprised therefore, when, once elected to office, they became Rabin and Peres clones and the problems remained. Like many others, I couldn't understand what happened.

To solve this enigma, people claim prime ministers are under intense pressure. However, this claim is problematic. First, what's so hard about saying no, especially when the country's security is at stake? Second, pressure can only explain so much. Immediately after 9/11, when no pressure existed, Sharon still failed to act.

In fact, Israeli history features many grave errors made by its leaders that pressure simply cannot explain. In 1948, with no one pressuring her, Israel invited the Arabs to participate in the building of the country. After the Six Day War in 1967, with no one pressuring her, Israel begged fleeing Arabs to stay in the country. And immediately after that very same war, with no one pressuring him, Moshe Dayan ceded control of the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to the Arabs. Indeed, he boasts about it in his autobiography.

No pressure. And yet, Israel's leaders still made wrong and stupid decisions. Why?

Only after discovering Manhigut Yehudit, did I understand the answer to this question. I learned that the source of Israel's problems lie with the very first Zionist leader, Theodore Herzl. Herzl conceived the founding of a Jewish state in response to the discrimination Jews faced in Europe. He felt that if Jews had a country, the world would accept them as a nation among equals and would treat a Jew in the Diaspora just like it treats a Frenchman who happens to live outside of France. Essentially, Herzl's goal (which was really just a reincarnation of the secular Jew's goal to assimilate) was fave his own skin.

Have I mentioned that the time is ripe for Manhigut Yehudit?

As Adir Zik used to say - Am Yisrael Will Prevail!!

Shabat Shalom

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