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In the wake of the latest media attacks against the Bayit Yehudi, Jeremy Gimpel fires back at those accusing him of incitement.
“The Bayit Yehudi is confident that this motion will be exposed as completely baseless and on Tuesday the voters will cast their ballots for Jewish pride, values, and equality, by voting for the Bayit Yehudi. Splinter parties on the left are desperately seeking to make headlines by twisting the truth and taking remarks out of context. The voters will see through it.” (Read more…)
National religious Israeli voters like yours truly have three choices this coming Tuesday:
Vote for Likud-Beitenu and strengthen the hand of Benjamin Netanyahu, whose party list includes at least six national-religious candidates in realistic spots. The polls are giving them between 32 and 38 seats.
Vote for Jewish Home, so that it would be large enough for Netanyahu to be forced to include it in his coalition government and necessarily stick to pro-settlement, anti-Palestinian state policies. The polls are giving them between 12 and 16 seats. (Read more…)
What might a “conservative” foreign policy look like?
In the post-9/11 era, it’s fair to say we have mainly followed a “neoconservative” foreign policy. This policy has been based on the rock-solid belief that there exist universal values that all peoples everywhere share and indeed yearn for if they don’t already enjoy them. Our neoconservative foreign policy, then – our war-fighting policy, too – has been a matter of spreading such universal values.
This has been a disaster. Think of nation-building in Iraq and Afghanistan — policies predicated on this denial of the existence of cultural difference. Certainly in this decade since 9/11 we should have learned that cultures, the West and Islam, namely, are different and that such universalism is a fantasy. The West enshrines the liberty of the individual, while Islam, like other totalitarian systems, enforces a collective will. Still, to this day, we don’t permit this simple reality to be discussed let alone reflected in any meaningful policy way. (Read more…)
There hasn’t been a lot of good news recently for pro-Israel watchers of campus culture, but in the unlikeliest of places, by the unlikeliest of Zionists, there is finally good news to share. (Read more…)
Fifteen years ago, in Canada, my doctor preformed a triple bypass for me which required open heart surgery. For the uninitiated, this means that the doctors had to saw through my sternum (breast bone) to separate both sides of my rib cage. Once done they separated both sides about four inches by the use of a very strong separater. This enables the doctors to do their thing inside by rib cage. This creates havoc on ones rib cage that takes months to recover from. When I woke up in the recovery room after this operation, I felt like I had been run over by a truck. (Read more…)