Friday, August 17, 2007

ISRAEL: the promised land for all Jews or God's land?

Israel: a land for all people, for all Jews or God’s land?

Compare it with this joke:

When a panel of doctors was asked to vote on adding a new wing to their hospital, the Allergists voted to scratch it and the Dermatologists advised no rash moves.
The Gastroenterologists had a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the administration had a lot of nerve, and the Obstetricians stated they were all laboring under a misconception.
The Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted; the Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body", while the Pediatricians said, "Grow up!"
The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, the surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and the Radiologists could see right through it!
The Internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow; and the Plastic Surgeons said, "This puts a whole new face on the matter."
The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists felt the scheme wouldn't hold water.
The Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas and the Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.

In the end, the Proctologists left the decision up to some asshole in administration.


Imagine the problems one has to govern Israel, the State.
MKs have their own constituencies, each of which has its own agenda and BELIEF SYSTEM. Some hundred and twenty of them are elected to represent the people.

The PM and Knesset as a whole have to satisfy each of these as well as the world outside.Can Jews handle the reponsibilities of Statehood and the power which freedom allows them to exercise it for the first time in 2 millenia? Can these coexist with Jewish values and Jewish morality in a sea of totally different value-systems inimical to Judaism and democracy??
But they try their best,- more than any other country would or could do in their place!

Compare what kind of country each of the following groups would like Israel to be:

Naturei Karta et al> want a State run by God, presided by Moshiach, in which women and other Jewish sects won’t count, but Imams from Iran and Hizbullah are welcome.
• The PEACE NOW Movement want everyone to count and without believing in God, will still count on him/her to supervise their utopia of a modern, secular, bi-national, democratic state. Similar end result to the Naturei Karta
• The HAREDIM are like the NKs as long as no Arabs will be there. Expulsion or annihilation are OK. They prefer a biblical theocracy.
THE JEWISH SECULARISTS, would welcome everyone who will be at peace with them and on an equal footing, are satisfied with a smaller Israel, but will not and from experience, cannot trust the Arabs- nor the Haredim- to understand and deliver true peace and democracy.
THE MODERN ORTHODOX ZIONISTS will treat everyone on an equal basis, like the secularists, but prefer the State of Greater Israel as a Jewish State, not a State for Jews.

2. THE JEWISH DIASPORA wants all the above and supports all groups, irrespective of the Israeli Government’s wishes..

3. THE NON-JEWS.• Israeli Arabs prefer the NKs and Peaceniks TO RULE, rather than their own. The end result suits them well.
• Israeli Christians would like all Jews to come to Israel so that their own Messiah will ‘return’. They don’t care who governs.

4. The Arab world, just wants no Israel.

5. THE WESTERN WORLD WOULD PREFER TO GO ALONG WITH THE ARABS BUT PAY LIP SERVICE TO SUPPORTING A “DEMOCRATIC ISRAEL ALONGSIDE A PALESTINIAN STATE”,- PREFERABLY ALSO DEMOCRATIC BUT NOT ISLAMIST.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

In the end, the Citizens and people in general leave it to the ‘assholes”,- the politicians! and pray and hope for the best outcomes for themselves.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1 comment:

Nikol said...

While I mostly agree with your post, this article by Obadiah Shoher presents the haredim in somewhat different light Shoher argues against haredim isolating themselves from other Jews instead of bringing the religion to masses.