On a False Messiah and Apartheid’s End
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“Three countries for three people!” said Arik to me. It was another attempt of the Israelis to get an answer from me regarding the desired solution for the Middle East conflict. “That’s funny; the Shin Beth should hear about this definition,” was my answer. As always, I either provide disinformation or a non-sequitur in such situations.
However, Arik’s comment was highly revealing. He meant secular Jews, Ultra-Orthodox (called Haredim - “fearing ones” - in Hebrew) ones and Palestinians had formed separated societies within Israel, with no chance of becoming one. The first two became apart as the result of an early decision of the Israeli administration to separate the state’s educational systems, while the third was separated by law. During Israel’s first years, Ben-Gurion wasn't worried about the Haredim. He believed this small group was destined to dwindle and die out. However, a discriminating social benefits system adopted by the state as a result of a coalitional system in which orthodox parties became the kingmakers (see The Cross of Bethlehem) caused them to multiply until they became a significant force, roughly 20% of the Israeli society.
The actual segregation is absolute. There is no better illustration of that, than the recent Haredim reactions to a recent decision of the Israeli Supreme Court against certain aspects of the separation between the two main educational systems in Israel. On the Israeli media, they compared the judges to the Bolshevik commissars who shut Jewish schools in the Soviet Union (this is understandable; the links between Soviets and Zionists are vast). In internal booklets they made comparisons with the Spanish Inquisition and the Holocaust. In the Haredi class system those who were born into it are superior to the ba'alei tshuva (“answer’s owners”), those who became Haredim late in life; both groups consider themselves superior to secular Jews. Marriages between the groups are not accepted – though moving from being a secular Jew into a ba’al tshuva one is easy. What we are seeing here is an inwards implementation of Jewish supremacist ideologies.
This discriminatory system is reflected within the general Israeli society. At the very moment the state began discriminating between its Jewish and Palestinian citizens, it adopted Jewish supremacist ideas. The moment can be exactly pinpointed: the legislation of the Law of Return by the Israeli Parliament created the legal basis for the discrimination. After that, emphasizing the differences between subsets of the Jewish society and applying discrimination there was the natural result of that and of the unstable Unholy Deal between Haredim and Zionists.
Let’s look a bit into the past. Israel’s actual political map wouldn’t have been possible during the 19th century in any Jewish settlement. Most Israeli governments are composed of coalitions between Zionist groups (led by the Labor or the Likud – Kadima enters in the same category) and Orthodox parties. The last are bound to the Talmud and are waiting to religious redemption via a Messiah, practicing Pharisaic interpretations of the Bible. Jewish redemption is far from the Spiritual Redemption professed by Christians. Jews do expect a physical redemption based on a Godly Kingdom in the Land of Israel. All the religious interpretations until the 19th Century didn’t leave any place to a Zionist party rushing to conquer Arab lands. That was the role of a future Messiah. Thus, any cooperation between Zionists and Orthodox Jews was impossible.
Then, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook created the base for cooperation between Zionists and Pharisees. What he did was simple, and is known as “Hamoro shel Mashiah” (“Messiah’s Donkey” in Hebrew, a book by this name was published in 1998). He claimed the secular Jews (i.e. the Zionists) can take the place of “Messiah Son of Joseph” as a collective entity, creating the base that would allow the Pharisees – the Orthodox Jews – to produce the “Messiah Son of David” in the new and secular state. It worked. The political alliance produced a state accepted by most Jews. An interesting social result of this deal was the creation of the “hand-woven kippas” group, also known in Hebrew as “nationalistic religious,” to whom most settlers in the West Bank belong. Recently rejected as partners in the educational system by the Haredim, they couldn’t exist prior to the alliance. Their views are extreme on both ends – extremely nationalistic and extremely Pharisaic. They are fanatic enough to bring a new war to the Middle East; the Hurva event was just a reminder of that. However, this is not a viable donkey capable of carrying a Messiah, but a sterile mule.
A society claiming to lead to a Godly Kingdom cannot be based on racist ideologies and apartheid; after all it was said to us in Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” The same message can be found all over the Bible. The Pharisaic-Rabbinical interpretations are highly biased and clearly wrong. Jewish supremacism did infect the Israeli society. Discrimination and Apartheid are a characteristic of this regime which cannot be easily erased ands which results in an inherent instability. The State of Israel is not the Kingdom of Israel, and this reality cannot be abridged. The Israeli Administration is not considered by the Haredim as friendly anymore. This is an important twist that may hint at major political upheavals to come. An old deal reached its end. Israel is losing its cohesiveness. “Three countries for three people!” Cheers, Arik!
Where does this lead? A long time ago, a friend told me: “Israel will end in the same way as South Africa.” This is a typical and understandable statement. The Apartheid in South Africa segregated between citizens according to their skin color; the Israeli legal system segregates according to ethnic background. Both countries were internationally isolated, and both suffered of a similar drawback: they didn’t possess significant amounts of energy resources. Both imported all of their oil. Moreover, Israel imports also most of its grains; Israel cannot feed itself despite the state sponsored propaganda about the kibbutzim.
South Africa faced an international boycott that eventually blocked the country’s access to credit. As a result of that, it couldn’t buy oil and its war machine was stopped. After a while, the Apartheid regime gave way to the modern state. Can that happen to the State of Israel? The Israeli Administration arrogance gives a clear answer to that: no! Simply, Jews have access to vast financial and banking resources; a similar boycott would be difficult to implement. Does that mean the Israeli Apartheid would go on forever?
History doesn’t repeat itself; but discrimination cannot last. It never did. Yesterday I commented on the Likud’s Latest Zigzag, where an underground current of panic was revealed among the Likud’s leaders. Reality is simple. If Israel doesn’t change its ways – and does that fast – it would be defeated in the battlefield. I have described extensively the inherent strategic weaknesses of the IDF; this reality cannot be changed. Not even one of the Israeli nuclear heads could stop the defeat of the Israeli blockade of Gaza. There is nothing a declining America or the international Jewry can do about that.
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