Jewish Issues

Overview

There are really only two fundamental visions regarding the essence of Zionism. The first is that the purpose of Zionism is to redeem the past; that the Jewish people are obligated by history to create a state in order to redeem the entire Land of Israel (which would include Judea, Samaria, and parts of Lebanon, Syria and Jordan). This vision sees the state as a means to the land and the people as a means to the state. The land becomes a Moloch – a pagan god that is idolatrized and worshiped. Jewish history becomes a dictator of Jewish behavior. This vision has been in ascendance since the 6-Day War.

The second says the purpose of Zionism is to create alternative future options for the Jews by creating one state on the planet in which the Jews are a majority. This vision sees the land as the means to the state and the state as the means to serve the people. It sees the land as an essential prerequisite for the creation of the state and the state as an essential prerequisite for creating alternative future options for the Jewish people. This is the vision I embrace but which has been in decline since the 6-Day War. The decline of my vision of Zionism and the ascendance of the land-fetishism vision terrifies me and makes me fearful about the future survival of the Jewish people.

Therefore, I believe that the ideological settlement project and the settler's cultural influence throughout the country, is more dangerous to the survival of Israel than the Iranian nuclear program. I believe the direction Israel is taking is suicidal. To paraphrase Lincoln, Israel cannot for long exist half democratic (the constitutional democracy in which all Israel's citizens live) and half undemocratic (the military regime in the West Bank). It must eventually become one or the other but it cannot be both. Either the regime in the West Bank becomes democratic (which means the end of Israel as a Jewish state) or the regime in Israel proper will become increasingly undemocratic.

The right thinks it can get away with maintaining the present half free/half unfree situation; the left believes that if only Israel were really nice to the well-meaning Palestinians we would have peace, the lamb would lay down with the lion and Arab and Jew could walk hand in hand singing We Shall Overcome as they tiptoe through the tulips of universal brotherhood. I believe that both are guilty of self-deception on a colossal scale, but that the policies of the right are more dangerous to Israel's survival than the left, that the right has come to the wrong conclusions for the right reasons and that the left has come to the right conclusions for the wrong reasons. Whenever I write or speak about Israel or Israel/Diaspora relations this viewpoint acts as my intellectual filter.

For a basic understanding of my General Jewish Perspective, click here.


Articles on Jewish and Zionist Issues

Arguing with a Dead Man

Arguing with a Dead Man

This letter disputes Christopher Hitchens' view that monotheism is evil. Monotheism contributed to science, constitutionalism and social justice.

The Death Penalty: an American Jewish View

The Death Penalty: an American Jewish View

I am not opposed to the death penalty in principle. I am, however, opposed to it in practice.

The Case for Circumcision

The Case for Circumcision

The Jewish custom of male circumcision has been compared to female genital mutilation. This demonstrates an abysmal anatomical ignorance.

Towards a Jewish Natural Theology

Towards a Jewish Natural Theology

The Jewish idea of God is not a supernatural ‘being’; but an organizing principle of an evolving natural reality.

A Tale of Two Countries  How Israel and Korea can Join Forces and Change the World

A Tale of Two Countries How Israel and Korea can Join Forces and Change the World

Korea and Israel should form partnerships in a variety of national-universal projects designed to solve crucial problems facing humankind.

Hinduism and Judaism

Hinduism and Judaism

Hindu and Jewish identity are similar. Judaism is the religion of Jewish civilization; Hinduism is the religion of Hindu civilization.

What if one billion dollars a year were used to buy Israeli alternative energy technology?

What if one billion dollars a year were used to buy Israeli alternative energy technology?

The economic, social, environmental, political and Jewish potential of “multi-purpose,” “multi-dimensional” alternative energy, national-universal projects boggles the mind.


Recommended Reading and Viewing

Broken Triangle

Broken Triangle

The triangle connecting the U.S., Israel, and American Jewry may be coming apart

Stop Giving Palestinians a Pass

Stop Giving Palestinians a Pass

It’s time the Palestinians began to focus on substance rather than symbols

Israel is the mirror of the world

Israel is the mirror of the world

Jean Plantureux, Le Monde's chief cartoonist believes that by understanding Israel the French can understand their own society.

Israel and the Genocide Myth

Israel and the Genocide Myth

History has witnessed many genocides across the centuries and continents… Palestine is not one of them.

Douglas Murray: Israel & Nuclear Iran

Douglas Murray: Israel & Nuclear Iran

When someone threatens the Jews with extermination it is reasonable that the Jews take him seriously.

Something to think about

Something to think about

Douglas Murray & Maryam Namazie Destroy the Pro-Islamist Left

AIPAC has shot itself in the foot

AIPAC has shot itself in the foot

AIPAC’s support for the Senate’s Iran sanctions bill has antagonized the Administration, alienated the left and damaged the lobby’s standing.

The B.D.S. Threat

The B.D.S. Threat

The B.D.S. movement advocates the right of return of all Palestinian refugees, meaning the end of Israel –their hidden agenda

Hundreds of millions pledged to Israeli high-tech

Hundreds of millions pledged to Israeli high-tech

A significant change has been coming to the Israeli high-tech sector over the past year. Chinese investors.

My Lectures on Jewish and Zionist Issues

The Future of Israeli Employment: Hi-Tech, and “Motech”

The Future of Israeli Employment: Hi-Tech, and “Motech”

"Motech" is the Hebrew word for sweetheart and refers to personal services geared to making us feel better.

Israel’s PR – What is Really Wrong?

Israel’s PR – What is Really Wrong?

Successful information campaigns are marketing. "Hasbara" is explanation which is selling. Trying to sell before you market is ineffective.

The Special Case of American Jewry

The Special Case of American Jewry

American Jewry is different. There is little in classical Zionist analyses relevant for the American Jewish experience.

The Jewish Century

The Jewish Century

In the 21st century Jews have the ability to realize their human potential without sacrificing their Jewish identity.

The Jewish Energy Project

The Jewish Energy Project

Energy is a Jewish issue. The greatest threats to the Jewish People derive from Persian Gulf oil revenues.

The Future of Arab-Jewish Relations

The Future of Arab-Jewish Relations

REJECTING: 1) demand to de-Zionize Israel as prerequisite for Peace; 2) expulsion Israel's Arab citizens as prerequisite for Zionism

Reinventing Israel-Diaspora Relations

Reinventing Israel-Diaspora Relations

A strategy for Jewish survival in the 21st century must revolve around a revitalized Israeli-Diaspora relationship.

Reinventing Zionism

Reinventing Zionism

Zionism developed on background of 19th century European civilization in response to the unique conditions of 19th century European Jewry.

It’s NOT the Electoral System Stupid

It’s NOT the Electoral System Stupid

Why the Israeli electoral system is no worse than others and should not be changed

No Natural Resources? Lucky Us!

No Natural Resources? Lucky Us!

The richest countries in the world are with few natural resources (EU, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Israel.)

Futurizing The Jews Workshop

Futurizing The Jews Workshop

Examines where the Jewish People are, how they got there and where they should be going to survive