Friday, September 02, 2005

If Not Unity, Then What...?

I have received a lot of feedback relating to my post: Never Forget... Together We Will Rebuild. The gist of the post was that in order for Jewish People to have a future in the Land of Israel, then it is incumbent upon the Religious Zionist camp to be forgiving of those who passively supported “Disengagement”, and of the need to work together with them to create a better future for the Jewish People in Israel.

In response, I have received many e-mails such as this one:
Before the disengagement I would have said that you are right the Chilonim are our brothers. But no more, it is time we realize that they are not our brothers nor have they ever been. They are Erev Rav and until we realize this and fight them with as much strength and ruthlessness as they have fought us we will never defeat them.

I do agree, that there exists in Israel elements that have shown through both word and deed a strong ideological aversion to all things Jewish (such as Israel's media, Supreme Court, the ultra-secular elites, and numerous figures and bodies within Israel’s political system) and these individuals and institutions have taken pleasure in watching the expulsion of Jews from their homes in the Land of Israel. (An act that if committed against the Arabs of Israel, they would have protested with all of their might). With these types of people, I do not believe that we have a shared future or common spirit that unites us as brohters.

However, collectively, these people represent the minority of Jews in Israel, and their power is not in relation to their numbers or supporters. It is questionable, even with the media serving as a propaganda organ for Sharon in support of “Disengagement”, as to whether there ever existed a Jewish majority of public support for the "Disengagement" plan (and as I mentioned in my post, the vast majority of the Jews who did support the plan did not do so out of a hatred for the Jews who lived in these communities, but after having been misled to believe by the media and the government that there was no alternative).

The majority of Jews in Israel are either traditional (believe in G-d and connect themselves in some way with the Jewish People and Jewish heritage and ritual) or religiously observant - meaning that the majority of Jews in Israel want Israel to exist as a Jewish State. We may not agree on exactly what that means, but there is enough of a common ground to work together.

After all, what is the alternative? Are we to create two states, as was the case during the Biblical times - a State of Israel and a State of Judea? And if one responds in the affirmative, is that realistic or practical? To those who say we should fight... how and against whom exactly? What steps does one who supports such an initiative advocate taking?


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