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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Disengagement effects the more "liberal" side of the Dati Leumi world

There is no longer any secular zionisim,  secular zionisim has been dead and burried a long time ago.  If the leaders of secular zionisim of today were responsible for creating the State of Israel, it would never have been created.  There are even secular elements in Israel today who would sooner the country be destroyed.
Secularizim in Israel today is a religion / cult.  And they don't even practice what they themselves preach.
The Gedolei Hador always warned that the ultimate aim of the secular zionisist was to destroy any type of Judaisim in Israel.  The Religious Zionists originaly didn't believe them, but from all we see going on now, it has become quite apparrent the Gedolei Hador were always correct.  We see that even in the current education minister, who the National Religious were once so hopefull of.
The more "liberal" and "moderate" side of the National Religious is starting to waking up.  In reality there is no Religious Zionists vs the Chareidim.
It is Jewish vs Secular.  The Chareidim here always claimed that they were the true Zionists.  They were correct
Someone sent me an interesting interview with Yohanan Ben-Yaakov in haaretz by Yair Sheleg called "More Jewish, less Israeli":
Were it not for his age (he is already 60), Yohanan Ben-Yaakov could have been a "poster boy" for the classical-official religious Zionism that was once the partner of all Israelis. At least this seems true when one looks at his biography: He was born in Kibbutz Kfar Etzion before the 1948 War of Independence, the descendant of a family all of whose members, except for his father and uncle, were exterminated in the Holocaust. His father and uncle were killed in the battles for Gush Etzion in the War of Independence (he eventually chose the name "Ben-Yaakov" after his late father, Yaakov Klapholtz), and he became the scion of the family. In 1967, Ben-Yaakov was part of the first group of Kfar Etzion "natives" who returned to reestablish their community. . .insisting that they not establish it on their own initiative, but only after an official government decision was taken (which it eventually was) in favor of such a move
For years, Ben-Yaakov was a guide in the local field school and was active in the Bnei Akiva religious Zionist youth movement. From 1982-1988, he even served as its secretary general; during some of that time he was the chair of the Israel Council of Youth Movements as well. On Independence Day 1986, he lit one of the torches at the annual ceremony, thanks to his "unique contribution to Israeli democracy."
In terms of his political outlook, Ben-Yaakov seems to be a classic representative of the term "moderate right-wing": He supports the basic right of settlement in Yesha (Hebrew acronym for Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip), but believes that we should not have accepted the ongoing lack of civil rights for millions of Palestinians. In his opinion, the desirable solution would be to impose Israeli sovereignty on the territories, and to grant citizenship to any Palestinian who accepted the condition (that he suggests presenting to Jews and Israeli Arabs as well) of taking an oath of loyalty to the state, and doing national service.
Nevertheless, in practice he believed that the settlements should be located according to the Israeli consensus, which is why he was opposed to settlement in the Gaza Strip, even when the Labor governments initiated it. . . Ben-Yaakov was active, along with his friends in Bnei Akiva and in the Religious Kibbutz Movement, against the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) tendencies that have become widespread in religious Zionism.
. . .And now, this week, even this statesmanlike man is furious. In effect, it was surprising to discover how "orange" he is - not only in what he says, but mainly in his fervor and fury. He is so angry that he is having second thoughts about the alliance with the secular world.
. . .he definitely does speak of the fact that "on the axis between Jewishness and Israeliness, we have to turn more in the Jewish direction, to conduct a dialogue with the Haredi community, even at the expense of the dialogue with the liberal-democratic elite." When these words come from a man such as Ben-Yaakov, they testify to the fact that the fury and the harsh conclusions are not limited to the rabbis and to those identified as "Hardalim" (Haredi religious-nationalists).
Ben-Yaakov explains that his greatest crisis of faith today does not stem from Sharon, but from the "knights of democracy in Israel": "Blatantly anti-democratic steps were taken here - Sharon campaigned on a certain platform, and turned to a totally different policy. He in effect gave all his voters a slap in the face, and said: You don't interest me ... I'm the only one who counts! He didn't even feel a need to explain to the nation the change that had taken place in him. Afterward, he was pressured to ask for the agreement of his electorate, and when he failed in that, he simply ignored them. He removed ministers who interfered with him from the cabinet, and when the chief of staff and the head of the Shin Bet [security service] expressed reservations about the moves, he got rid of them, too.

"In the face of all this, where are those who spoke of democratic decisions? Of brotherhood and unity? Where are all the partners to social pacts? How are they letting such a thing take place in a country that is called democratic? I want to see them going to the schools now and preaching democracy; who will believe them? Their hypocrisy hurts me more than anything else in this process, just because all these years I have felt committed to this partnership and to democratic decisions. This is an exposure of their nakedness in the most contemptible way possible. At the moment of truth, it has turned out that their support for evacuating settlements causes them to abandon all the rules they preached, and that everything is hollow and empty."
 . . . he has reached the conclusion that there is a historical rupture: "In 1911, there was a split in religious Zionism, and some people left and founded Agudath Israel. From that day to this, a line has been drawn, which maintains that the central axis that divides the Jewish people is the Zionist axis - either you go with Zionism or without it, even if not necessarily against it. And all along, religious Zionism has unequivocally gone with Zionism. With deep sorrow, I say that this axis has now been broken, because those who speak in the name of Zionism on the left, are operating in the name of a hollow and false value system. So today I define the axis not with the question of who defines himself as a Zionist, but who really takes Jewish values into consideration. And the Haredi community does in fact take Jewish values into account - and I differ with many of them - but in their community there is no possibility of such a total trampling of values, because they are so strongly anchored. Democracy was supposed to serve as the parallel for secular society, and it turned out that this is not the case."
. . . The practical significance of this conclusion is "a greater closeness than in the past to the Haredi community, a desire for dialogue with it, without giving up my identity and my views," and less dialogue with the liberal-democratic elites. . .he sees a possibility that the national religious camp will increasingly become closer to the Hardali position.
. . .There will be a birth here of a new identity; religious Zionism that will become more `Jewish' in orientation, even at the expense of its `Israeli' aspect. And we should recall that historically speaking, the descendants of the kingdom of Judea were the only ones who survived, and not the descendants of the kingdom of Israel."


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

so true