Wednesday, August 2, 2017
In Israel: G-d, democracy, Moshe Feiglin & the 3rd rail
In Israel, we constantly see Palestinians referencing their god. They talk about their god in speeches. They talk about their god on TV. They talk about their god in their schools.
They use their god's name when they go onto social media. They use their god's name when they talk about the weather--and when they attack Jews.
In fact, for Palestinians--from top leadership to any 5-year old--the Islamic god is always close by. In public discourse, that name stands at stage-center.
Is this why they have such power against Israel?
Israel's Jewish elite is different. These Jews don't speak of their own G-d. They ignore their G-d.
Israel's ruling political, military and media elites seem never to speak of G-d in public. They seem never to mention His name.
Is this why Israel has become so vulnerable before its enemies?
To Palestinian Muslims, their god is everything. To Israeli Jews, G-d gets treated like the family outcast no one wants to talk about.
Is this why Israel loses ground in its war against the Palestinian Cause?
When was the last time you heard a prominent Israeli leader mention G-d's name in public? When was the last time you read a mainstream editorial that criticized Israel's leaders for ignoring G-d?
The last Jewish politician known to speak of HaShem, the G- of Israel, in public was Moshe Feiglin. Where is he now?
Moshe Feiglin talked about the 'G-d-factor' in Israel's Destiny. Now, he's politically moribund, at least for the moment.
When Menachem Begin was declared winner of the 1977 Israel national election, the first public statement he made began with a bracha--a blessing. Much of Israel's elite was horrified.
Israel's elite hasn't changed. It acts as if talking about G-d will never appear on its top-100-things-to-do list. Instead, Israel's elite A-List speaks of 'democracy'.
Herzog, Livni, Olmert, Barak, prominent newspaper editors and military leaders can't stop talking about 'democracy'; they certainly act as if they wouldn't be caught dead with G-d on their lips.
Even a knowledgeable Benjamin Netanyahu--who knows enough to cover his head while reading from Tanach (the Jewish Bible)--dances around G-d's name. I can't be sure, but I believe you will hear Netanyahu use G-d's name - -but only if the venue is small enough or private enough.
He never uses G-d's name while talking about Israel to foreign diplomats. I don't believe he has mentioned it more than twice outside Israel. He never talks of Israel's Redemptive Destiny in public.
The media elite is the same. The elite in the IDF is the same. Israel's academic elite is the same.
The way the power elites in Israel behave, you'd think it's racist to talk about religion. Certainly, no Israeli who has national aspirations talks openly about the relationship between G-d and Israel. No one does that because they all appear to believe that G-d is the fatal third rail for Israeli leaders: touch it and your career dies.
There's a fatal flaw here. We are G-d's people. We are His Treasure. We live on land He has gifted to us. Yet, our leaders seem repulsed by Him.
Is this why the world sides with the Palestinian Authority?