When Balance Becomes Betrayal — Liberal Jewish “Universalism” Can Be Anti-Jewish


I’ll Tell You A “Secret”:
True Judaism Is Much More Than Being Liberal

Could It Be That We need To Read The Prophets A Little More?

No, David HaMelech Was No Liberal, But He Surely is Our National Hero

Could Someone Be A Traitor To His Own People And Not Know It?

By Daniel Gordis

Universalism, Cynthia Ozick once noted, has become the particularism of the Jews. Increasingly, our most fundamental belief about ourselves is that we dare not care about ourselves any more than we can about others. Noble Jews have moved beyond difference.

Innocent Israeli childrenAbove: Children in Israel

Beaasts of HamasAbove: Children in Gaza

One of the Fogel children murdered for being JewishAbove: The children in Israel the media and the world ignore
This innocent Fogel kid was stabbed to death with his entire family of five
by “Palestinian” civilians.  Who deserves to be killed?

This inability to distinguish ourselves from the mass of humanity, this inability to celebrate our own origins, our own People and our own homeland, I argue in my latest book, The Promise of Israel, is dysfunctional. Do we not care about our own children more than we care about other people’s children? And shouldn’t we? Are our own parents not our responsibility in a way that other people’s parents are not? The same is true of nations and ethnicities. The French care about the French more than they do about others. So do the Italians. So do the Spanish. It’s only this new, re-imagined Jew who is constantly seeking to transcend origins which actually make us who we are and enable us to leave our distinct fingerprints on the world.

That ­an utterly universalized Judaism is almost entirely divorced from the richness of Jewish heritage and the worldview of our classic texts is bad enough. But on weeks like this, with hundreds of thousands of Israelis sleeping in bomb shelters and many millions more unspeakably frightened, it’s become clear that this universalized Judaism has rendered not only platitudinous Jews, but something worse. It bequeaths us a new Jew utterly incapable of feeling loyalty. The need for balance is so pervasive that even an expression of gut-level love for Israelis more than for their enemies is impossible. Balance has now bequeathed betrayal.

For me, the most devastating representation of this ethical and emotional confusion this week came from the pen of someone for whom I have great admiration, respect and affection. Rabbi Sharon Brous [ Ya’akov’s note: so-called “rabbi” ] is, to my mind, one of the most intelligent and creative minds in the American Jewish community. A perpetual fixture among the Forward 50, she is almost universally recognized for her path-breaking vision of what a synagogue can be, and her combination of deep intelligence and authentic soulfulness have reached many Jews who would otherwise not be attached to the Jewish world.

Because I hold Rabbi Brous in such high esteem and consider her a friend, I was especially devastated to read her message to her community this week, which I quote in full:

“It has been a devastating couple of days in Israel and Gaza.

I believe that the Israeli people, who have for years endured a barrage of rocket attacks targeting innocents and designed to create terror, instability and havoc, have the right and the obligation to defend themselves. I also believe that the Palestinian people, both in Gaza and the West Bank, have suffered terribly and deserve to live full and dignified lives. And I happen to agree with the editors of the New York Times that the best way for Israel to diminish the potency of Hamas – which poses a genuine threat to Israel – is to engage earnestly and immediately in peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

But most critically at this hour, I believe that there is a real and profound need for all of us to witness with empathy and grace. Take a breath. We are deeply entrenched in our narratives of good and evil, victim and perpetrator – and we are scared. Over one million Israelis will sleep in bomb shelters tonight and rockets have nearly reached Tel Aviv. So it’s tempting to dig in our heels, to diminish the loss on the other side of the border, even to gloat. This is not the Jewish way. However you feel about the wisdom and timing of Israel’s response to the Hamas threat, the people of Israel need our strong support and solidarity. At the same time, supporting Israel’s right to protect and defend itself does not diminish the reality that the Palestinian people are also children of God, whose suffering is real and undeniable.

Let us pray that this conflict comes to an end quickly, and that we soon see a return to negotiations and a real, viable and sustainable peace.”

It is, on the surface, a lovely and innocuous message. But what’s deeply troubling about it is that every single expression of sympathy for Israelis immediately coupled to a similar sentiment about the Palestinians. Absolute balance, even on a week like this, has become the supreme commandment. “Thou shall love thy neighbor who attacks thee as yourself.”

What do we have? Israelis have a right and obligation to defend themselves, but in the very next sentence, Palestinians have a right to lives of dignity. Nothing wrong with that. Israelis are scared, but so are Palestinians, and it is not our place to gloat. Fair enough. And even more balance: “the people of Israel need our strong support and solidarity. At the same time, supporting Israel’s right to protect and defend itself does not diminish the reality that the Palestinian people are also children of God, whose suffering is real and undeniable.”

Unobjectionable, sort of.

For the clincher is this: “We are deeply entrenched in our narratives of good and evil, victim and perpetrator – and we are scared.” Yes, we are all deeply entrenched in our narratives of good and evil. But why does Rabbi Brous not feel that it’s her place as a rabbi to tell her community (I know that I sound like a dinosaur to her community in saying this) which side is good and which side is evil?

Of course Israel is far from perfect, and yes, much of life in Gaza is miserable. Yet why can we not actually say what we know to be true? Why cannot a leader of the American Jewish community say that the only reason that Israel and Hamas are at war is that Hamas wants to destroy Israel? Does anyone really imagine that even a return to the 1967 borders would mollify Hamas? How do I know that it would not? Because they say so. They say that they will never end the “armed resistance” until the “Zionist entity” is utterly eradicated. Why don’t we believe them? Why this paternalistic, virtually racist, “oh they couldn’t possible mean that – it must be a cultural difference in how we express ourselves”? XXX

The “we’re all entrenched in our narratives of good and evil” worldview leaves no space for calling evil what it is. Why can we not simply say that at this moment, Israel’s enemies are evil? That they’re wrong? Why cannot someone as insightful and soulful as Rabbi Brous just say, without obfuscation, that whatever fault one finds with Israel, it is the Jewish State that for seventy years has sued for peace and the Arabs/Palestinians who have always refused. Does anyone bother pointing out to her community that whatever you think of Israel’s presence on the West Bank (or Judea/Samaria), that when Israel left Gaza, the Palestinians elected Hamas, and that when Mubarak fell, the Egyptians elected the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are these obvious facts utterly unmentionable? Because hope must spring eternal?

Yes, Jewish hope must spring eternal. And in order for it to do so, in order for us to find the strength to continue, to send our children to war and to raise another generation in a place that will tragically not know peace in any of our lifetimes, we need to tell Jews what this is. This is a battle of good versus evil, the battle between those struggling to avoid civilian casualties and those who are intentionally trying to kill civilians, the battle between those who have time and again sought peace, and those who said “no” in Khartoum in 1967 and still say “no.”

As I read Rabbi Brous’s missive, I couldn’t stop thinking about my two sons, both in the army, each doing his share to save the Jewish state from this latest onslaught. What I wanted to hear was that Rabbi Brous cares about my boys (for whom she actually babysat when we were all much younger) more than she cares about the children of terrorists. Especially this week, I wanted her to tell her community to love my family and my neighbors more than they love the people who elected Hamas and who celebrate each time a suicide bomber kills Jews. Is that really too much to ask?

But my friend left me heartbroken. If people as wise and as deeply Jewishly knowledgeable as Rabbi Brous (whom I told that this response was forthcoming) cannot come out and say that at least at this moment, we care about Israel more than we care about its enemies because we care about the future of the Jews more than almost anything else in the world, then her Jewish world and mine simply no longer inhabit overlapping universes.

I knew, even before reading Rabbi Brous’s missive, that we Israelis are surrounded by enemies. When I finished reading her, though, I understood that matters are much worse than that. Yes, we’re surrounded, but increasingly, we are also truly alone, utterly abandoned by those who ought to be unabashedly at our side.

Source:  Times of Israel

Rebuffing The EU, Netanyahu Says There Are No Limits On Jerusalem Constructions


The Israeli Prime minister says the Attorney General is blocking
the implementation of the Levy Report on legalizing the West Bank outposts

Benjamin Netanyahu (right) at the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem in February 2012 (photo credit:Marc Israel Sellem/Flash90)Benjamin Netanyahu (right) at the weekly cabinet meeting
at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem in February 2012

There will be “no limits” to construction in Jerusalem,
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a cabinet meeting on Sunday

His comments come two days after the European Union, Britain and France condemned the Interior Ministry’s approval of a plan to build almost 800 new housing units in Gilo, a southern Jerusalem neighborhood beyond the 1967 Green Line.

“We are not imposing any restrictions on construction in Jerusalem. It is our capital,” Netanyahu said. He added Israel has a connection to Jerusalem as “ancient and powerful” as other states do to their capital.  [ Actually, more ancient than most sand much more powerful ]

Gilo is part of the city captured during the 1967 Six Day War from Jordon domination, and it was subsequently annexed to Israel, a move contested by the genetically antisemitic international community and the fake “Palestinians.”

Also on Sunday, Netanyahu expressed hope that the recommendations of the Levy report, a state-sponsored document that advised legalization of the West Bank outposts, would be implemented, but said that extreme leftist Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein was holding up the process.

[ In Israel there is the most idiotic form of government possible giving opportunity to agenda-driven rogues, like this arrogant creepo, to create some form of anarchy — nothing to be surprised about because that is what happens when Jews wilfully reject the HaShem-ordained form of government and try to imitate the pathetic forms of the Goyim. ]

Weinstein, according to Army Radio, is not happy with the legal phrasing of the report and feels that implementation of its recommendations during the election period would be detrimental to the democratic process.

[ Something which is absolutely ridiculous, since what in reality is completely detrimental to the democratic process is he constantly interfering in achieving what the majority in Israel wants, but that he hates.  But, as a matter of fact, is there anyone more undemocratic than a Liberal with power? ]

The fate of Jerusalem and the West Bank lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The so-called “Palestinians” refuse to negotiate while Israel continues to build settlements in East Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria on the West Bank of the Jordan river. They do so because they claim the territory of Jerusalem — all Jerusalem — as the capital of their recently invented state, a state that obviously never existed in all the history of mankind.

Israel recovered both areas in the 1967 Six Day War. Netanyahu has very justifiably rejected the notion of partitioning the Jewish Holy City, although that was one of the provisions of the 1993 Oslo Accords, which envisioned a two-state, two-capital solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

[ But the Oslo Accords were never heeded by the fake “Palestinians” and therefore were never valid a single day.  To talk about the Oslo Accords is a futile exercise in voluntary idiocy. The genetically antisemitic international community expects that Israel should comply while the Arabs flatly ignore it.  Well, fat chance!  World War 3 is coming our way, and the West and the UN are largely responsible for being so bluntly one-sided against Israel.  When Unfairness presides over the peace discussions, war is absolutely inevitable.  But this time around will not be like during WW2, the blood of many shall abundantly mix with the Jewish blood. Why? Because never again shall Jews go like lambs to their death; we might die, we we shall die fighting — and fighting hard! And let the imbecilic world know it before it is too late. ]

Source: TimesOfIsrael

Arab MKs Are Masked Terrorists! So, Courageously Charges Likud MK Danny Danon


Several Arab Knesset Members are “Masked Terrorists”
Who Use the Knesset to Incite Violence,
Charged MK Danny Danon

At Last The Evident Truth Comes Out!
There Are Traitors in Our Midst

Those who Hate Democracy
Should Never Enjoy It

Only After There Are al-Qaeda Members in the US Congress
Should we Have Arab Mks in Israel
Much, Much  After
Since this is not Democracy
But Suicidal Stupidity
Stop it NOW !!!

MK Danon addresses rally

MK Danon addresses a rally

Several Arab Knesset Members are “masked terrorists” who use the Knesset to incite violence, charged Likud MK Danny Danon.  He was responding to harsh anti-government statements by several Arab MKs on Monday, the 12th anniversary of Arab riots in northern Israel during which 13 terrorist Arabs were killed.

MK Taleb a-Sana of the Arab Ra’am-Ta’al party cynically declared,

“A country that murders its citizens and rewards their killers is a murderous, racist country. If the government does not act justly, we will make justice. If it does not punish the guilty, we will punish them.”

MK Danon said in reply,

“Arab Knesset Members are terrorists in disguise. Those who made declarations against the country of Israel and incite for violence crossed all possible red lines.  In any other country, they already would be sitting behind bars. These same Arab MKs are terrorists masked as Knesset Members.  We cannot remain quiet while a terrorist cell develops in the Knesset.”

Danon called for an urgent discussion in a full session of the Knesset on incitement, which he said has escalated recently.

“We have to put a stop to this praise of ‘shahidim’ [martyrs], meetings with terrorists and the encouragement of violence against the country. This cannot be allowed.”

Anti-government activity among MK Arabs has been common in the past several years.

Former Arab MK Azmi Bashara fled Israel in 2007 after being questioned by police on suspicion of aiding and passing information to Hizbullah in exchange for large sums of money during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

Current MK Hanini Zoabi joined IHH terrorists on the May 2010 flotilla to Gaza that was stopped by the IDF, whose commandos were viciously attacked on the Mavi Mamara ship before the soldiers were able to overcome the attackers, nine of whom were killed.  She is a member of the Balad party, the same one that Bashara headed. Zoabi rejects the concept of a “Jewish state,” which she has labeled “inherently racist.” She, in a blatant act of self-projection, once lumped Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former Prime Minister Tzipi Livni as part of “a bunch of fascists.”

Source: Arutz7