Hendel does Israel

While I may no longer technically be in Israel, I have no intention of stopping who I am or what I am about. We all know the timeless Chabad teaching of "Mach Doh Eretz Yisael" - its very empowering. I'll let you know about my journey, my struggles and my dreams. JaHbless.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Independence Day

Days of Remembrance , Independence and Fear -- 5766
by: Moshe Feiglin
Founder and President, Manhigut Yehudit
30 Nissan, 5766 (April 28 06)

How do Israelis feel on their Independence Day? For the past number of years, the most apt comparison would be to the feeling of a birthday party celebrated at the bedside of a terminally ill patient. You can't not attend, you can't not express your good wishes and you can't not celebrate -- at least for outward appearances.
The events of the past year of Israel's independence have only intensified this feeling. The pogroms of Gush Katif and Amona followed by the election victory of the most revolting clan of hoodlums in Israel's political history makes many Israelis eager to forgo the contrived party. There are those who go so far as to claim that it would have been best if the patient had never been born.
But what about you? Let's make you an offer you can't refuse:

Total safeguarding of what has already been built.

Immigration rights to Israel for Jews based strictly on Jewish law.

Authorization to settle all parts of the Land of Israel on both banks of the Jordan.

Absolutely no threat of destruction of settlements.

Restoration of personal security and solution to terror.

No corruption.

Olmert and his cohorts will not govern the country.

There's only one catch. Israel will be a British state.
What is more important to you?
The Land of Israel?
Or the State of Israel?

Israel's chance to continue to exist despite the tremendous challenges that it faces is determined by the answer to that question. It is determined by how the belief-based public relates to it. There is no other populace today in Israel that as a group shoulders all-encompassing responsibility for the fate of the Nation of Israel. There is no other sector that regards our sovereign presence in Israel as national destiny and not merely as meaningless existence. It is vital to Israel to ensure that this public -- the State's lifeboat -- continues to thrive.
But in reality just the opposite has happened. It is specifically the belief-based public that has been denounced by the State of Israel through its political, judicial, security and cultural institutions as the enemy. The Amona pogrom momentarily removed the smokescreen from the war that the State has declared on its most loyal citizens. But the assault continues all day, every day. The State of Israel has consciously decided to eliminate the pubic that affords it its only chance to survive.

This means that the struggle of the belief-based public is not sectarian. It is the battle for the existence of the State. The youth at Amona did not fight against the State. On the contrary, they defended it from its would-be destroyers.

The war that the State of Israel is waging against its most loyal citizens did not begin in Gush Katif or Amona. We can identify it roots in the very establishment of its national holidays. Their central theme is denial of Jewish destiny in the Land of Israel while eternalizing mere existence. These days create a perspective that makes the belief based public irrelevant and promotes the war against it.

Let's begin with Holocaust Memorial Day. Israel continues to use the Holocaust to justify its existence. Instead of building the Temple of our destiny on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the State of Israel has constructed the Temple of existence in the Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem. In this way, the memory of the Holocaust was cynically hijacked in order to perpetuate our status as weaklings (and therefore just). Every VIP that visits Israel is ceremoniously led through the halls of the horrors of the memorial. When he re-emerges into the daylight, he is not supposed to have any more questions on our right to the Land of Israel or how we are more just than the Palestinian children who want to be liberated from our conquest. If there is no state there are crematoriums instead, and please do not bother us any more.
This may have worked in the beginning, but the lemon has been completely squeezed and is bone dry. Holocaust Memorial Day and the entire official endeavor to preserve it are tools that serve the Zionist ethos. On the one hand we are weak and therefore just, and on the other hand we are strong and beautiful. (That is why Holocaust Memorial Day is on the day of the rebellion in the Warsaw Ghetto.) No mention of the Biblical Amalek and his war against G-d. No mention of the roots of anti-Semitism. The Holocaust could have happened to anyone and actually -- we are also Nazis. The proof? Just look at the settlers. The manner in which the State of Israel chose to commemorate the Jewish nation's most traumatic event in recent history emasculates the true significance of the Holocaust and allows for its use as a battering ram against the belief based public.

The next commemorative day is Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers. This day, which on the surface reflects the widest consensus in Israeli society, transmits one clear message. The fallen soldiers did not fall for any goal. They fought for existence --or in nicer words -- for peace. In this way, the difference between a soldier killed in heroic battle and a solider killed in a car accident or a citizen killed in a terror attack is blurred. They have all fallen in Israel's battles. No glory for those who fell to fulfill a longed-for destiny. Instead, we have a day of mourning for the victims of the war of survival -- those heroes who obligingly absorbed the bullets aimed at us all. This leads to a clear conclusion: there is nothing worth dieing for except safeguarding existence -- and it is only those settlers that are forcing us into eternal wars.

Finally, we reach Israel's Independence Day. Israel's Declaration of Independence opens with the words, "In the Land of Israel rose the Jewish Nation." This Declaration is the basis of Independence Day. But we all know that the opening sentence of the Declaration is a complete lie. The Jewish Nation was created outside the Land of Israel. Abraham, the first Jew, was born outside Israel. He slowly advanced toward the Land so that he could actualize Jewish destiny. The nation as such was formed in Egypt, and came to the Promised Land on a Divine universal mission. The Nation of Israel has a Divine destiny. The very essence of Israel's Independence Day is to deny that destiny, thus promoting war against the public that represents it.
All of this, though, does not diminish the potency of the very fact that the State of Israel represents the sovereignty vital for the fulfillment of our national destiny. The appreciation of this fact is what makes the belief-based public Israel's lifeboat.

In order to safeguard our sovereignty, we must apply a complex thought process. We must be able to throw out the bath water but keep the baby. We must apply "tough love" -- acting as though we oppose the State -- in order to keep it safe. Simultaneously, we must educate our youth to understand this complexity.

We do not need violence to win this battle. In the end, with G-d's help, we will triumph. It is time to prepare for that day now. We need a new Declaration of Independence based on our national destiny, a new Independence Day (maybe on Passover), a truly significant way to honor the memory of the Jews murdered in the Holocaust and a way to respectfully commemorate those that have fallen in the battles of Israel on its way to fulfilling its destiny in its Land.

All that we need is to understand that the Nation of Israel and the State of Israel are first and foremost -- us.


Blogger Free Israel said...

Angles (like) of Israel

http://clarityandresolve.com/archives/2006/05/am_yisrael_chai_1.php 'History will remember that Israelis never stopped working for peace even as their enemies never stopped working against it'.

That's clarity on Israel's resolve.

I hope, the world will remember the extra cheek Israel always managed to turn, it's enormous sacrifice of lives and vital (defense buffer zone) land give away [for any slight hope for peace] to an enemy that sacrifices as much... towards death.

I hope the world will remember how much heroic Israel was in escaping the traps by Arab terrorist parents to kill their kids.

I hope the world will remember how the international community was so unfair to Israel.

I hope the world will remember how Israelis had more feelings for it's enemies' children than their own parents had for them.

I hope that the world will remember how much effort Israel has put into the Arab refugees that the Arab leaders were responsible for.

I hope that the world will remember the immense sacrifice Israelis 'retunees' have made for the Arab newcomers...

I hope that the world will remember how Arabs, men like women lived so freely, so nicely in Israel's democracy (often with preferred treatment), incomparable with any Arab Muslim country with it's totalitarian & apartheid regimes.

I hope that the world will remember how Israeli victims of a suffocating Arab racist boycott for over 50 years have managed to arrive so high in world's rank of all walks of life.

I hope that the world will remember how peace loving beautiful Israel stands so super humanely tall with it's up high ultra morality in face of the lowest of the lowest animalistic predators .

Heart warming olive branch VS loathsome lynch, anyone?

Tireless peace groups VS Relentless pro-genocide cult, anyone?

Worried for rights of the heartless, anyone?

Compassionate for the cruel, anyone?

Activists saturated with streaming tears for enemies' plight VS , despicable grins, sick dancers rejoice in the streets towards bloodshed, towards victims' pain & suffering, anyone?


http://freeisraelnow.blogspot.com - Free Israel Now!

11:07 AM  
Blogger subjewd said...


3:31 PM  
Blogger Nemo said...

In short, the Zionist experiment is failing.

Do you really think it could have been done any other way? The fact of the matter is that Israel was created out of false hopes for a Jewish National home, ignoring the spiritual aspect. The survivors of the Holocaust thought it a way to revive Judaism and in fact began a slow decimation of Jewish fundamentals. But that's history. There wouldn't be a State if not for that inspiration.

6:40 PM  
Blogger subjewd said...

I just want to mention, that I didn't write this article, the author is an israeli with my namesake who is trying to run for Prime Minister. Its uncanny how we have met once breifly, and our writing styles are so similar.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Milhouse said...

Jews would be far better off if Israel gave up its independence, and was admitted as a state of the USA.

R Kahane HYD wrote in the early 1980s that Israel was given a 40 year trial. If we took advantage of those 40 years, Mashiach would come, and the state would in retrospect turn out to have been the reshit tzemichat ge'ulatenu; but if not, then Hashem would take away the state, and it would turn out to have been no more significant than any other period of Jewish self-government in galut.

40 years after the UN partition resolution, in December 1987, the "intafada" began. It started small, with a car accident followed by a riot, just like the Crown Heights riot 15 years ago. But we didn't heed the warning, so it grew slowly, as if Hashem kept giving us a chance to change things, even after the 40 years were up. By now, though, Israel is little better than the British, and in many ways much worse. Very soon it will declare itself a state of all its people, repeal the chok hashevut, drop Hatikvah, and that will be an end of it. Or we will finally wake up and do teshuvah, umiyad hem nig'alim.

We did not go into galut with our own power, and we will not leave it with our own power.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Grajee said...

wow.. its good to see someone with straight ideals outthere.. but i just cant help but think that he's being a little impractical.. ideally everything he says is right and true, but I don’t think now is the time for idealism- the situation so desperate we would be better of with some pragmatic ideals.

7:42 PM  
Blogger subjewd said...

Grajee, what do you mean that "I don't think now is the time for idealism" - Now more than ever we have to stick strong to or ideals and form pragmatic solution based on that strong passionate ideology.

So often, the Israeli MK's are so busy being pratical they forget what they actually stand for. (I am referring to forgetting zionism by punishing zionist youth in Amona, and more importantly throwing the most dedicated members of Israeli society out of their homes.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Grajee said...

I did not mean that one should forfeit their ideals G-d forbid, but just that his proposals, such as… “We need a new Declaration of Independence based on our national destiny, a new Independence Day”… are unreasonably IDEALISTIC- bordering on imprudent.

All I’m saying is that I think idealism when it’s wholly impractical and completely unfeasible can do more harm than good. You have to deal within the constraints of reality, so I agree with you 100% that we need “form pragmatic solution based on that strong passionate ideology.” Pragmatic is the key word... something the article does not encompass.

6:19 AM  

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