Jewish Israel is the key to its survival, not its end
By Ted Belman Jerry Gordon writes Burg goes ballistic: paints Israel as “Zionist ghetto” because he said to define the State of Israel as a Jewish state is the key to its end. Others say the opposite, namely, that being Jewish is the key to its survival. This is no small matter. There is no question but that much demonization and slander of Israel has to do with it going against prevailing notions, except in the Muslim world, and insisting that it be a Jewish state first and multicultural second. Even in Israel this fight is waged by the left including the courts, media and academia. They support Israel as a state like any other state and argue it should be democratic first and Jewish second. In fact they agree with Burg.
Now we need to move to the next level of Zionism, which is how to build a state of equality, justice and democracy.
Part of our Zionist agenda is not only to connect Reform Jews and Israel, but to impact Israeli society,
Our commitment to religious justice issues, to democracy, pluralism, are tremendously important values that need to be strengthened and supported more in Israeli society. Our aliya efforts are designed to put more troops on the ground to strengthen Israel in these ways.
Sounds messianic doesn’t it. This is the religion of the Jewish left. They fight for the rights of others. For them this is what Judaism and being Jewish is all about. Make no mistake about it, democracy and pluralism, will deny or sap the Jewish raison d’etre. It is easy to see how the principle of equality would hamstring Israel as a Jewish state. We on the right fight for the opposite. We do not apologize for our culture but insist on it, both in America and in Israel. We believe that fighting for our culture and winning is necessary for our survival. We are also against discrimination and for equality but we believe that we have the right to protect our culture, to give it a favoured place in Israel and to advance the ingathering of the exiles. Judaism is more than universalism. If there is a conflict between being democratic and Jewish, so be it. Previously I wrote two articles on the subject, It pays to be Jewish and Particularism Before Universalism Recently the Supreme Court of Israel held that Israel can’t discriminate in allocating JNF land. If this decision is allowed to stand, where does it end. Does it mean that the Law of Return also falls to the same principle. If not why not? If Israel passed a law providing Arabs with financial incentives to emigrate, would the SC hold it to be discriminatory and require that it be offered to all citizens? In many western democracies, the laws of the land are sometimes trumped by the interests of national security. In Israel too. This concept must be extended to include the protection of Israel as a Jewish state. On an aside I would point out that the JNF could have righted the situation regarding their land by cancelling the agreement with the ILA so that the JNF managed the land. The JNF is run by liberal Jews and it declined to do this. How sad and destructive. One of the icons of the left is affirmative action which obviously denies equality. Affirmative action is seen as making up for years of discrimination and therefor worthy. If anyone or people are entitled to affirmative action, the Jews are. I look upon the Balfour Declaration as an act of affirmative action and the recognition of the State of Israel, after the Holocaust, as another act of affirmative action. In fact, the rationale for the creation of the Israel was the need to create a refuge for Jews in recognition of two thousand years of discrimination. Jews are entitled to this assistance or favoritism or protection whatever you may call it. We paid for it in blood.