Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Take a look at how differently Ha'aretz and The Jerusalem Post cover the following story.


Poll: Third of Israelis see no common denominator with Diaspora

An opinion poll released on Monday showed that one out of three Israeli Jews believes that there is no common denominator between the Jews of Israel and those of the Diaspora, Israel Radio reported.

A survey by Market Watch carried out among a representative sample of the Israeli public shows that two thirds of the public believe that there exists a common denominator between Jews in the Diaspora and Jews in Israel.

The question that begs to be asked is why would Ha'aretz go out of their way to deliberately downplay the strong connection felt between Jews in Israel and Jews in the Diaspora?

Could it be that Ha'aretz has an interest in weakening the very foundations that unite the Jewish People - perhaps, as part of their overall effort for the State of Israel to exist, not as the Jewish State, but as a state of its citizens - a normal, western, liberal, progressive democracy (where homosexual marriages are recognized under state law); a State of Israel in which Jews and Judaism would hold no special standing?

Mark my words.

While today, Israel's Law of Return enjoys almost universal support amongst Israel's Jewish population, it is only a matter of time before this sacred cow of Zionism comes under attack (from Israel's Supreme Court and Media), as did the core Zionist principles of Jewish Settlement, Jewish Labor & an Undivided Jerusalem (among many others).

And like the others, the once sacred value of the Jewish State of Israel serving as the representative of and home for every single Jew in the world will have mutated into a source of shame, scorn and disdain - finding no place in the democratic State of Israel.

Unless, of course, there are those who still believe that the State of Israel is meant to exist as the Jewish State - for the Jewish People, and are willing to do something about it… and soon.

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