Category Archives: Israel

Theology In Israel Grows Stronger

I am quite aware that Jews these days are rather upset at the Middle East and the country of Iran. They are very angry at Muslim religious fanatics, but for some strange reason have scant interest in Jewish religious fanatics. The original leaders of Israel were secular Jews who did NOT wish to have a nation that was under the control of a bunch of rabbis, particularly those of conservative bent. Each year in Israel there are more and more signs of growth of Orthodox views as the ones that will be imposed upon ordinary Jewish Israelis. A few months ago there were stories of little girls being hit by stones cast by Orthodox Jews due to their “inappropriate dress.” Orthodox Jews believe women are sort of not on the same level as we Jewish men. Their place is in the home and they should be producing lots and lots of babies, hopefully, most of them should be boys who could devote their lives to the study of the Torah.

Jewish girls in high school are forbidden to wear shorts because it is not appropriate attire. Some girls are furious that boys can wear shorts in the hot weather, but they must dress like nice little Orthodox Jewish females. It is the fault of girls since when they wear shorts, the boys gaze at their bodies. Perhaps if boys spent their time gazing at the Torah, girls could wear shorts. Of course, at the West Wall in Jerusalem they should know that women can not pray with men. They have an assigned place. So, what has happened to the dream of a modern secular Jewish state? I guess we Jews should check with Sheldon Adelson since his money increasingly controls what happens in Israel!

Israel Girls Are Shafted

I do realize that if one is an American Jew the last thing one should do is utter any words about a problem in Israel. To state the obvious about problems in Israel is to be termed a “self hating Jew” or one “who hates Israel.” Anyway, there area few problems in Israel and one concerns the rights of young Jewish females to dress as they like. Many Israel high schools have introduced dress codes that blatantly discriminate again young girls. For example, they are not allowed to wear shorts to school. Here is the issue described by the girl who is identified as “R.14.” “There is a situation here in which they are blaming the victim. They tell girls not to come with shorts because the boys look. WE are the victim and they are blaming us. We aren’t a Haredi high school. At one high school girls were detained and arrived late for impotent exams.

Perhaps, it is time for American reform Jews to recognize that Israel each year is drifting into a theocracy in which the Orthodox impose their medieval ideas upon the rest of the population. They control marriage, they claim that all land designated for Palestinians by the UN belongs to them because God himself said so. The original Israel which was a beacon of democracy has now become a theocracy which is more like Muslim nations than democratic ones in the world.

A Hamas “Discussion”

Every so often Muslim groups in the Middle East utter some words that leave one wondering if they ever read what they say. Mushafa al Sawwat is a Palestinian journalist who works for Hamas and he came out for a plea that his group should sit down with the Israel government and have a “discussion.” He wants the Israel government and the Hamas government to understand that it is better to jaw, jaw, then to war, war. “If the negotiations are aimed at achieving general interests, without recognizing or making aid to the enemy,m then why should Hamas be afraid of direct or indirect negotiations?” The goal of these negotiations are simple: Israel should agree to release all Palestinian prisoners, lift its blockade, and accept that Hamas has the right to end the state of Israel.

Now, these seem to be fair goals that any Israel government would agree to. Hamas destroys Israel and in return?? On which planet is this guy living? NEGOTIATIONS ordinarily among humans refers to some give and take on each side. No wonder Hamas is restricted to a small plot of land.

Netanyahu’s Buddy–Barack Obama?

For the past few years a common complaint of many American Jews is that President Obama does not “love Israel,” in fact, he “hates Israel.” Conservative Jews, particularly, Orthodox Jews are convinced their president has a hatred of the people of Israel and their government. So, what does the record show:

1. Under the Obama administration the DOME which destroys incoming missiles was heavily funded with American money.

2. Each year at least THREE BILLION DOLLARS was sen to Israel for its armed forces.

3. US intelligence has worked closely with the Mossad. They share information.

4. A new proposal would establish a ten year FORTY FIVE BILLION DOLLAR ALLOTMENT OF WEAPONS AND MILITARY SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL!

5. The US would help fund a $500,000,00o fund for joint military research.

With enemies such as these how can Israel even survive?

So, What’s New In Israel?

Israel has a prime minister and it has a President, but the president does not possess much power. We all know that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to bomb and take over land that originally was allocated to Palestinians by that organization known as the United Nations. Bibi refuses to have anything to do with the Hamas government in Gaza that originally in a democratic election gained power, because they are evil “terrorists.” However, President Reuven Rivlin has introduced the horrible idea that Israel might negotiate with the Hamas government. “I do not recoil at the idea of negotiating with any willing party.” Let me note:

1. The US and Israel have no problem with negotiating with China which is a dictatorship that engages in terrorist behavior toward Muslims in its country as well as against those in Tibet.

2. The US and Israel negotiate with Putin Russia a government that engages in terrorist behavior against its own people.

3. The US and Israel have relations with the dictatorship in Vietnam.

4. The US and Israel have relations with the government of Myanmar which engages in vast terror against Rohingyas in their nation.

I will not list African nations which contain governments that engage in terrorism and have relations with these two nations.

The Mouth That Roars Nonsense!

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again is roaring with nonsense when it comes to the Middle East. Listen to this latest example: “As horrific as ISIS is, once Iran, the prime terrorist state of our time, acquires nuclear weapons, it will be a hundred, times more dangerous, a thousand times more dangerous anymore destructive than ISIS.” He warns that filling the coffers of Iran with “billions of dollars to pursue its aggression” will lead to endless wars. Let’s examine the record:

1. The Army of Iran has never left the borders of Iran on any aggressive venture.

2. Since 1980, the IDF has left the borders of Israel to attack other areas in the Middle East.

3. Under the administration of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld the United States has spent over a TRILLION DOLLARS in pursuit of destabilizing the Middle East and creating terrorist groups.

4. When it comes to fostering terrorism the USA is the leading nation of our time.

Yes, Bibi, the nation of Iran DOEs sponsor terrorists. But, when it comes to sponsoring the rise of terrorism, Iran is a distant fifth in the Middle East.

How about gazing in the mirror and wondering if Israel could try some new approaches to peace? Yes, Bibi, the road to peace is long and difficult, but it is the only road we have. As British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said: “Jaw, Jaw, not war, war.”

Bibi Says “Thank You”

During the past year, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been shouting to the American Congress and the American people that the black dude who sits in the Oval Office hates Jews and hates Israel. I have endured one conversation after another with Jews in which they insist Barack Obama hates Jews and hates Israel. Of course, under his administration Israel has been given funding for the “Dome” which destroys missiles headed toward Israel and this country has been given over FIFTEEN BILLION DOLLARS FOR THEIR DEFENSE! This apparently is a demonstration of HATRED. Anyway, Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu informed the world that he wants to give a special thanks to Obama and Kerry for their deep support for Israel.

So, what led to the change of heart? The UN is discussing authorizing the Secretary General to investigate creation of a nuclear free zone in the Middle East. Oops, that poses a problem for Israel since it is the ONLY nation in the Middle East which has atomic bombs. It is estimated Israel has at least 80 atomic bombs. Oops, Israel refuses to allow UN inspectors into its atomic facilities. Bibi is happy that John Kerry blocked UN efforts to create a nuclear free zone in the Middle East.

So the men who hate Israel are now protecting Israel. Such is life.

Apartheid In Israel

I have repeatedly been told by those who support the state of Israel that under no conditions can I ever employ the word, APARTHEID, when referring to conditions in the democratic nation of Israel. OK, so it is OK to take over land owned by Muslims in order to deal with issues of SECURITY, but for some strange reason when taking over such land, the owners are invariably Muslim Palestinians. Anyway, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, based upon the need for NATIONAL SECURITY, proposed a new law that would ban Palestinians workers in the occupied (oops, I mean West Bank) areas of the West Bank from riding on buses along with Jews. Always remember that one must definitely make clear that Israel is a “democratic nation” and thus, by definition, democratic nations can never discriminate against certain people within its borders.

Oh, South Africa was a “democratic” nation when it imposed Apartheid in 1953 in order to prevent THOSE PEOPLE from being in body contact with OUR PEOPLE. Isaac Herzog of the Zionist Union, denounced the Netanyahu plan by saying, “this is how apartheid looks.” I assume he will be termed another person who “hates Israel” and hates Jews. Anyway, Netanyahu finally backed down and rescinded the law.

I wonder if those Jews in America who hated apartheid would have supported this version of apartheid?

Religious Rule In Israel

The American media is ready at the drop of a hat to describe religious fanatics in Muslim societies, but when it comes to Israel, any and all mention of religious fanatics escape the attention of American society. Has anyone ever heard a Republican, let alone a Democrat politician, ever rant and rave about religious abuse in the state of Israel? Religious leaders decide who can marry in Israel, they decide who is or is not a JEW!. Sorry, Reform Jews, you are not really Jews in their eyes. Religious leaders even decide who can pray at the Western Wall( in my childhood we term it the Wailing Wall). Women are forced to pray on their side of the partition while men are on the other side of the partition. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation decide how Jewish women can or cannot pray. It is clear that women are on the other side of the partition.

Some males decided to pass Torah scrolls to the women which caused a conniption to the good Rabbi. Ms. Hoffman of the Women of the Wall makes clear: “Rabbi Rabinowitz treats the motel as it it belong to him and enforces ultra Orthodox customs. It is insulting to be treated like second rate citizens oft he holiest place to the Jewish people.”

So, what was that about those crazy Muslim religious fanatics??

Confusion In Israel

The only thing certain about Israel is the failure within the nation to create a government that represents both domestic and foreign policies that will bring prosperity and peace to the people of the nation. Most observers have lost track as to the number of “ministers with portfolios” who currently constituted the Cabinet of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In order to forge a government, Bibi has given “government portfolios” to just about every group in order to get the 61 seats necessary to form a “majority government.” There are Cabinet officials who seek to focus on restoring economic sense, there are Cabinet ministers whose main goal is protecting the rights of religious Jews not to serve in the army and to receive government benefits in order to “study the Torah.”

There is no coherent foreign policy that would center upon working in a cooperative manner with the Obama administration. Instead, the goal of Netanyahu is to work with Republican congressmen in order to have them take over foreign policy in America. What could Netanyahu do?

1. Work with the Zionist Union led by Isaac Herzog and form a government that would work for peace with Palestinians and end the control of religious fanatics in Israel. There is no difference between a Muslim clergy and a Jewish clergy when it comes to focusing upon uniting a nation by including those who do not believe clergy should be in government.

2. How about apologizing to President Obama and appointing an ambassador who is not the buddy of Republicans in Congress?