Beyond the Cusp

June 9, 2016

Israel is the Nation in Need of a Constitution

 

Israel is not going to change all that soon as the thirty to fifty people who run the nation are quite happy to fiddle while things slowly burn down. Part of the problem, and it is a large share, is that over half of those who run the government are not elected but all but self-appointed. There are the Justices who sit on the Supreme Court and the Attorney General, The Supreme Court selection for replacing a retiring Justice is one of, if not the, item which should top the list of systems which require change. Currently the Supreme Court Justices are chosen by a committee consisting of nine members. These are the Justice Minister who acts as the Chairman, a Cabinet Member chosen by the Cabinet, a Pair of Knesset Ministers usually one from the coalition and one from the opposition, two members of the Bar Association and finally the Chief Justice and two other Supreme Court Justices who are often chosen due to seniority. This starts to look like a conspiracy to continue the same policies with no real ability to alter the path when one additionally looks at the committee for selection of the Attorney General which consists of five members; a retired Supreme Court Judge, a former Justice Minister or Attorney General, a Knesset Minister tapped by the Constitutional Affairs committee of the Knesset, an attorney chosen by the Israeli Bar Association, and one legal expert chosen in the subjects of civil and criminal law chosen by the heads of the university law schools in Israel. When all it takes to select a Supreme Court Judge is five votes and three are cast by current Justices, one vote from the current Attorney General who is themselves appointed on the advice partly of a retired Supreme Court Judge, a former Justice Minister and an attorney from the Bar Association and you have what can be conveniently called an echo chamber and it becomes sufficiently evident why the Supreme Court votes almost to the Justice exactly the same as the Supreme Court has since its inception. Add to that the interpretation of the law such that the Justices operate under the auspices of the concept that everything and anything may be brought before the Supreme Court for a final decision.

 

One interesting thing is the Israeli Supreme Court consists of fifteen Justices where one could fairly say that the majority, vast majority, are left leaning or so far left the middle ground cannot be seen through the fog and rose colored glasses. The Supreme Court may appoint any number of judges to hear cases often with as few as three to as many as all fifteen for the most serious of cases brought to the court. Further, for the decade from 2000 through 2010 the Israeli Supreme court heard over 11,000 cases each year. The Israeli Supreme Court can be petitioned directly to hear a case without having it first heard in a lower court. This process is abused by NGOs, often NGOs registered in Israel but primarily funded by foreign governments. Quite often if an NGO states as its aim to serve the support and importance of human rights and/or the rights of minority and oppressed peoples, then you can bet that NGO is financed by the European Union, European governments and foreign NGOs so as to conceal their actual financiers. In any other Western Democratic or Republic such NGOs are required by law to be registered as foreign agents and are not granted official standing as an NGO representing that nation. Israel has twice passed such legislation only to have these very same NGOs bring suit in the Supreme Court where the laws were shot down and nullified. One need keep in mind that the Knesset input in selecting Supreme Court Judges is minimal when one remembers that should the opposition Knesset Minister vote with the Chief Justice and two other Supreme Court Justices and any one of the Bar Association lawyers that makes five votes and the judge has been appointed. The Prime Minister gets no real input and the Knesset does not need to ratify the choice, or simply put, the people have little if any influence on the Justices sitting on a court which has ruled that it can strike down any law, rewrite any law and all but, and possibly including, write laws they feel are necessary or would further empower the Judiciary over the remainder of the government and the people. We have also seen instances where the heads of the Police forces have banned people from visiting areas of the country including the currently extended ban forbidding Ministers of the Knesset from ascending to the Temple Mount. There was a recent case where the Security Shin Bet under the guise of investigating a crime rounded up teens and young men as young as twelve and held them without legal counsel at a secretive location refusing to allow their parents information about their child and used what in many nations would be considered at the least coercive measures and at the extreme torture to try a force confessions from youths they knew were innocent but whose suspected political leanings were not to the head of the Shin Bet’s liking.

 

One young man was held for almost ten months, refused to be permitted to attend his first son’s birth, ritual bris (circumcision), and whose major crime was supporting the Hilltop Youth, a group of youths who support nationalist and Zionist policies and desire a return to Davidic Rule, have never committed an act against the government, most serious offense they commit is camping out and building rudimentary outposts on hilltops overlooking trouble spots which are less dangerous when being surveyed by these youths. The young man in question though had committed a grievous crime, Meir Ettinger committed the crime of being the grandson of Rabbi Meir Kahane, a Zionist and Nationalist Rabbi who argued for his causes and predicted the future extremely accurately before being struck down in New York City after giving a talk. His murderer was acquitted as his act of assassination was seen by the Jury as justifiable as the Rabbi had “extremist views” deserving of being shot. These “extremist views” were best expressed as “Am Yisroel Chai” (עם ישראל חי) , the People of Israel Are Alive, and he also continued the cry of “Never Again” which is a chanting that means the Jews will not go silently to their deaths ever again and murdering Jews will have a price. As was known by even the average Israeli who pays attention to anything political, Meir Ettinger and his friends in the Hilltop Youth were innocent of any wrongdoing and they were hauled in, denied council, denied parental access, held in a secretive location, arranged orders to allow stressful interrogation and extreme interrogation techniques and were sleep deprived for up to three days until their bodies shut down from exhaustion, placed in uncomfortable position, stripped of clothing and made to sit in metal chairs and even denied to have showers or change of undergarments. This was beyond anything used on actual terrorists who when denying and refusing to cooperate have been released for lack of evidence while here their evidence was they knew these kids were guilty of something even if it was not what was being investigated.

 

Another problem are the Basic Laws, laws passed by a simple majority just as any other legislation but deemed special and thus take their place as part of an ever growing excuse for a Constitution. Most of the Basic Laws were passed from 1948 through the early 1960s when Israel was an agricultural socialist society with many Israelis residing on communal farms. These Basic Laws have their place but as they can be amended, refuted, and new ones passed should the Knesset decide any law passed belongs incorporated into the Basic Laws such that they tend to lose their importance and meaning as they can be rescinded by a simple majority vote. Then there is the problem that the Supreme Court can also decide which ones can be amended, removed, added, deleted, twisted, beaded, braded, twisted, spindled and mutilated at will by a majority vote of the Knesset or orders from the Supreme Court. This again placed the judges of the Supreme Court as the ultimate rulers of the land and the Supreme Court had granted the Supreme Court absolute authority over all parts of everyday life including silencing us if they so choose to do so as it was Supreme Court Chief Justice Aharon Barak (August 13, 1995 to September 14, 2006) stated that all things are in his writings some of the following:

 

Aharon Barak, “Judicial Philosophy,” pp. 477 and 485

In my eyes, the world is filled with law. Every human behavior is subject to a legal norm. Even when a certain type of activity-such as friendship or subjective thoughts-is ruled by the autonomy of the individual will, this autonomy exists, because it is recognized by the law…. Wherever there are living human beings, law is there. There are no areas in life which are outside of law.

 

Barak, “The Constitutional Revolution,” p. 30

The basic values of Judaism are the basic values of the state. I mean the values of love of man, the sanctity of life, social justice, doing what is good and just, protecting human dignity, the rule of law over the legislator and the like, values which Judaism bequeathed to the whole world. Reference to those values is on their universal level of abstraction, which suits Israel’s democratic character, thus one should not identify the values of the state of Israel as a Jewish state with the traditional Jewish civil law. It should not be forgotten that in Israel there is a considerable non-Jewish minority. Indeed, the values of the State of Israel as a Jewish state are those universal values common to members of democratic society, which grew from Jewish tradition and history.

 

Barak, “Basic Law: Freedom of Occupation,” p. 208

When the attempt fails, and the values of the State of Israel as a Jewish state cannot be reconciled with its values as a democratic state, there is no escape from the need to decide. This decision must be made, in my opinion, according to the views of the enlightened community in Israel. This is an objective test, which refers the judge to the full set of values which shape the character of the modern Israeli.

 

Barak, “The Constitutional Revolution,” p. 34

If up until now judges were given “conventional weapons” to deal with legislation by way of interpretation and the creation of Israeli common law, now judges have been given “nonconventional weapons,” which allow nullification of legislation which does not observe the Basic Laws’ criteria.

 

This was a definitive part of Aharon Barak’s judicial philosophy which devolved, not developed, as his tenure on the courts and in practice where he gained contempt for the Zionistic, nationalist conservative swing the people of Israel took over his lifetime. The gaining of a distinct and traditional Jewish, and in many cases Israelite, determination and movement from secularist to a religious Zionistic populace where he saw the only way to salvage the utopian leftist dream was for ultimate power to be vested in the Judges which by their manner of selection remained stuck in 1958 Israel with its collectivist society and socialist governance could be maintained even if that required the judges to decide on each law if it should stand or be struck down or even rewrote to the judicial review standards which precluded change. His view of such is further described as we continue.

 

United Mizrahi Bank, p. 352

With legislation of [the new Basic Laws] a substantial change occurred in the status of human rights in Israel. They have turned into constitutional rights. They have been given supra-legal constitutional status. A “regular” law of the Knesset cannot change them. Regular legislation cannot infringe a protected human right unless the demands set out in the Basic Laws are met. Nonobservance of the constitutional demands turns the regular statute into an unconstitutional statute. This is a statute which bears a constitutional flaw. The court can declare its invalidity.

 

There is this infamous quote often attributed to Barak is that “everything is adjudicable,” which was often presumably the motivation and empowering ideal through which the meaning was taken that the High Court should be able to rule on any matter, including cases involving Israeli military activity in Judea and Samaria and breaches of civil liberties, and not just on issues relating to national laws. Even if Aharon Barak had not stated such, the courts in Israel today, and especially the Supreme Court, are acting as such and seldom refuse a case where they are the sole practitioner of whether legislation passed duly by the representatives of the people who instructed the members of the Knesset with their support to produce legislation as an unwritten contract bound in the ballot box now sits beneath the raised gavel which determines whether or not the people and their elected officials are capable of self-governing or are they merely children who have no right to address the issues of the day as they see fit. This is why it is long past time for the Knesset to appoint a select committee, they may wish to make sure the Supreme Court does not get wind of this as they would strike down the committee as a threat to the state and its omnipotent judiciary, and direct them to draft a Constitution based on the theories of limiting the power for a King such that he collects no amassed wealth and must serve the people faithfully and beyond their best abilities. A solid Constitution which places all before the people’s elected officials to decide and limits judges except in the most drastic and obvious of errant departures into forbidden grounds protected by the constitution and not the will of the adjudicator, are left to apply the law faithfully and with the intents of the people. A Constitution which places the police, military and secret services under civilian control and where any officers or enlistee speaks out defaming the state or its elected and appointed individuals which are empowered by the people is punished under codes of proper conduct for military personnel in uniform or representing the State. The Knesset should remain as the house which appoints the Prime Minister but the second half of the legislature should be directly elected by the people. The nation of Israel could be divided into proper districts. These Israeli Voting Precincts for Upper House might be considered as the Negev, Jerusalem & Area, Coastal Plain & Dead Sea, Tel Aviv, Sharon Valley, Western Galilee & Mt. Carmel, Sea of Galilee & Valleys, and Upper Galilee & Golan with each receiving with Five Seats Each for forty seats plus, Three Super Districts; The North (Western Galilee & Mt. Carmel, Sea of Galilee & Valleys, and Upper Galilee & Golan), Central (Jerusalem, Sharon Valley and Tel Aviv), and the South (, Coastal Plain & Dead Sea with the Negev) with Five Seats Each for a Total of Fifty Five.

 

Israeli Voting Precincts for Upper House Totaling Fifty-Five

Israeli Voting Precincts for Upper House Totaling Fifty-Five

 

The Upper House described above, let’s call it the New Sanhedrin, will ratify appointments to the cabinet and senior appellate judges including the Supreme Court. The Knesset (lower House) as stated will appoint the Prime Minister. This method allows the Parties to make their coalition and the Knesset would run exactly as it does now with elections when their term ends after four years while the New Sanhedrin terms will not be dissolved should the Knesset coalition crash and burn, they will serve three year terms with the vote being taken every three years on a set date on the Hebrew Calendar. With the Prime Minister who was appointed as the leader of the coalition and was initially tapped by the President, who will remain being chosen as they are now, after all, we would not want to end the good old party people never change ever and the same problem people show up just in a different Cabinet Ministerial location so that the incompetence gets spread through all of the government. That is why the small adjustment where the Cabinet Ministerial position first have to be validated by both houses thus there will be less if any invent a cabinet post to make this one feel important and receive additional pay while preening around. Then the people placed in these positions must be approved by the New Sanhedrin upper legislature. Hopefully this will lead to placing people from outside the Knesset body into Cabinet posts such that the person responsible for an area of the government actually knows something about the work the department actually performs.

 

The shuffling of the deck chairs on the HMS Knestitanic sailing the icy-waters of incompetent Ministerial appointments will come to an abrupt end. One example is the leader of Yisrael Beiteinu, Avigdor Lieberman, who during his career thus far he has held Minister of National Infrastructure, Minister of Transport, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Strategic Affairs, Minister of Foreign Affairs and currently is Minister of Defense. Either Avigdor Lieberman is one of the most intelligent and diversely capable or he had to be ill-prepared in at least one of his positions. Ehud Barak is another regular Minister having been elected not only to hold many varied positions but also served in cooperation or as a member of a number of parties. Israeli politics can confuse even those familiar with parliamentary systems as politicians make new parties, merge parties and change parties sometimes like they change socks. Tzipi Livni has headed two parties while serving in four, where one was a merged pair of parties. Her Career began and appeared steady and content with Likud but then Ms. Livni got the idea that she was destined for greater things and saw her opportunity with Ariel Sharon and his breakaway party from Likud forming Kadima which has a mixture of numerous Ministers from other parties across the political spectrum from Likud to Labor. Kadima started to fail after Ariel Sharon fell into a coma eventually passing. Rather than bite the bullet and join a party Tzipi Livni founded her very own party with some of the remnants from Kadima and a few others who believed there was opportunity as the signs were right, well, almost. Her party was called Hatnuah, meaning “The Movement.” Then she saw this party sinking fast and she made herself an opportunity to share the Prime Minister position with Labor Leader Isaac Herzog. Then problems began as it was noted she was not bringing the numbers of voters hoped and the Labor rank and file felt they were sacrificing too much to gain too little and the Zionist Union, the merger of Labor and Hatnua which the media wanted to defeat Likud that there found Zionist Union defeating Likud going into election day by a margin of 24 to 21 on average. The election result was slightly different with Likud garnering 30 seats while Zionist Union did receive their 24 but obviously insufficient to lead a coalition. This bode poorly for Livni who if she desires a future may have to simply swallow hard and join Labor and hope to rank sufficiently well enough to gain a seat in the Knesset. Tzipi Livni has been Leader of the Opposition for which she is eminently qualified as she has spent much time opposing everything while sitting in the opposition or in the government. Her other positions is a list of many positions including Minister of Regional Cooperation, Minister Without Portfolio (for which she is eminently qualified), Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Immigrant Absorption, Minister of Housing and Construction, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Justice. She must be a very capable person. The advantage of having a bicameral legislature which divides responsibilities and a Constitution which defines every branch of government with specific capabilities, responsibilities and limitations, and it is the limitations which often are the most important. The described government arrangement for Israel with a bicameral legislature with the Knesset remaining as currently configured but with the courts made at least indirectly controlled by the people rather than controlling the people and everything else it desires while all but replacing its Judges all but by themselves without any limiting factor within the control of the people. The arrangement was just an idea for the sake of offering and starting the discussion and not a serious suggestion unless the Israelis, my fellow Israelis, read and decide that the framework described has potential as an idea with which to start a national conversation. The described system also would encourage the Prime Minister to find some ministers from outside the government or assure that those chosen from within the government actually are competent and not just blindly pretending to manage something they actually do not understand. The real reason for this discussion is to limit the judges, especially the Supreme Court which even cancelled the financial agreement made on order to start production of the offshore gas fields demanding that the profits be invested in welfare and other socialist, virtually communist, programs because the people who invested in the drilling and took all the chances and took the risks should not reap benefit from their venture, not when foreign funded HGOs can petition the Supreme Court to spread the wealth making sure they get a share with which to further attempt to destroy Israel. That should have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

 

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April 15, 2016

Where Have the Zionists Gone?

 

With the Jewish support for Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders being gauged and taking flak from Jewish Republicans and many Zionists even from the Democrat Party, some editorialists are wondering why the relative silence challenging the Jewish support. Many believe, whether backed by fact or not, that Hillary Clinton would be better for Israel of the two Democrat hopefuls challenging to represent the party in November. There is an easy answer to this quandary by simply looking at the voting record of Jewish voters in the last two Presidential elections where in the United States close to 80% of American Jews supported President Obama while over 80% of Jewish Americans residing in Israel voted against President Obama. This provides the answer that the vast majority of Zionists have already realized their dream and made their move to Israel and those who remain as Jews residing in American have drifted away from concerns about Israel and aligned with leftist politics over concerns for support of Israel.

 

 

Israeli Flag

Israeli Flag

 

 

We realized this when we were preparing to realize our dream and make Aliyah to Israel and the reactions of the congregation in Oklahoma. Where the Rabbi was very supportive and the few Republican conservatives were also supportive the majority had one simple question, why were we going to Israel and what was our problem with living in America, was that not good enough for us? To many of these Jews moving to Israel was not a realization of the Jewish dream of returning to our ancient home as much as it was performing an act of hatred and loss of faith in the United States. The reality was that the decision which brought us to Israel was made by one of us around fifty years earlier as a youth who realized very early that the pull to return to the Jewish homeland has grabbed them and had decided that once all the parents were cared for the time to realize the dream would be addressed. Where that obligation was met in a way unanticipated, we came when it had been satisfied or at least started the paperwork. It is remarkable how difficult it can be to document an entire life to the satisfaction of governments, any government. After many, many months we had completed our documentation and realized we had had full lives, or at least almost a book’s worth of documentable life between us. We still want the best for the United States and will vote and even continue to vote for our former Representative though we will not likely vote on the individual questions which dot every election ballot but as we still have friends and a son residing in our former district we still want the best for them and will likely consult to make sure we grasp the choices for the different candidates.

 

Yes we participate and vote here in Israel and are beginning to understand the parliamentary system of voting for party and their lists and realize its shortcomings which have granted us a greater appreciation for the direct election for the American President as against getting whoever the party that makes the governing coalition decides should be Prime Minister. In order to vote for the person you want to be Prime Minister you need to accept the slate of party ministers listed and hope the ones farthest down the list, the ones you know virtually nothing about, and neither do most others you talk with, are in the government as you need the party of the desired Prime Minister get the most seats. So, everywhere has its appeal and its not so appealing which makes sense on some level and thus wherever one goes there are those benefits and deficits and the sums often are quite surprisingly near identical. So, for those friends who wondered why we would leave America and who claimed we would regret the move we have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that there are things where the United States has great advantages over life in Israel and then there are some things so much greater in Israel. The straightforwardness of politics in the United States and the variety of products available in the stores and malls in the United States have no equal we have found thus far and we are comparing places of relative same size populations except we have yet to spend a week in Tel Aviv (which we have sort of renamed Los Angeles) which might have everything materialistically while the quality and social life here is beyond imagination as the people are by in large very much more accommodating and friendly and it is so much more natural to just be Jewish, no surprise there.

 

The reality is the Jews remaining in the United States are wholly Americanized Jews with almost none if any Zionists remaining in any congregation. The American Zionists are here in Israel with some exercising dual citizenship and others having completely transited and are Israeli only. A small number reside in both nations as they have business interests in the United States which require their presence so they make regular visits, business trips, to the United States. Many of the Jews from the United States and the Anglosphere are retired and some still make trips back to their native country as they have family and this means grandchildren, weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and other events which they choose to attend. Some of us have insufficient funds for such luxuries and making such a visit would take a concerted amount of savings to make such a trip so any such trip would be extensive as we would desire to visit family and friends which lie spread across the United States.

 

 

Let’s Run Them Up Any Flag Pole and See Who Salutes Them Smartly Showing Your Love of Freedom and Feel Free to Add Your Flag if the Moment Grabs You as You See This Pair of the Flags for Freedom

Let’s Run Them Up Any Flag Pole
and See Who Salutes Them Smartly
Showing Your Love of Freedom
and Feel Free to Add Your Flag
if the Moment Grabs You as You
See This Pair of the Flags for Freedom

 

 

There is one last advantage in Israel, the climate. With no snow or ice along the coast and residing a mere five blocks from the Mediterranean Sea one could claim to have retired to the Riviera of Israel as the weather here resembles San Diego more than anywhere else in the United States, especially Michigan, Oklahoma or the Washington D.C. area where winters can be more disasters caused by serious snowstorms. We would like to say we miss these wintery mixes, well; actually no we don’t miss such wintery blustery weather. We will take the mildly chilly and wet winter weather which makes a serious winter bluster for as long as six to ten weeks where it actually can get into the low 40o F which when it is also raining means hunkering down in place and waiting it out until it at least stops raining. Here in Israel there are those who don their winter coats while others wear their shorts and sandals no matter the weather, even the most blustery of days. Guess which group are Sabras, local Israelis. For those who do not know, a Sabra is both a native born Israeli and a cactus and both are said to have a prickly outer layer but a soft, gushy and sweet inside which in the cactus is edible and in native Israelis comes out as soon as you make a connection with them. The majority of Israelis speak English and many speak Russian as well as Hebrew. There is said that there will be an influx of French speakers we just do not know where they may settle.

 

The one misconception we encountered from our American friends is that due to terrorism living in Israel is unsafe and outright dangerous. We have gotten a handle on the reality and after some research found some unexpected realities. Crime in the United States has a greater possibility of striking one’s life than crime and terror combined in Israel. The similarity is that as long as you avoid known places where such threats are more likely one can mitigate almost completely any threat from anything untoward. So, all things considered, at least for us, Israel has a better quality of life though some things a very different. Instead of living outside of town and relying completely on a vehicle to get around we live right next door to City Hall and can walk nearly everywhere we need to get to in town. When we need to go elsewhere such as for medical appointments the Israeli trains are clean, comfortable, affordable and convenient. For places the trains do not have tracks there are options such as busses or shared taxis which hold eight to twelve people and are very reasonably priced and will drop one near or at where one needs to go. The only drawback is they pick up at set locations so one might need to walk almost a whole kilometer to get to the pickup points. Basically, a car is a luxury and one which is not really necessary. Will we get a car some day, perhaps but such is not a priority. Meanwhile life is good and the Zionists do appear to almost all reside here. The Jews remaining in the United States, as everywhere where Jews are largely assimilated; well, should they continue to have an easy acceptance, they will assimilate and likely cease to be practicing Jews and within two generations be completely secularized and not identify as Jews. Then again, the situation could turn ugly slowly across the entirety of the Western World even including the United States and these assimilated Jews who thought they were completely secularized and not actually Jews would find themselves treated as being very Jewish and if they are fortunate they will be able to get to Israel where whatever the drawbacks, at least being a Jew is not one of them.

 

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January 22, 2016

What is Understandable and What is Beyond Belief

 

When we read news about a new protest in France, a Synagogue having a firebomb thrown at it from a passing car in Malmo, that Germany is once again printing Mein Kampf with explanations (pertaining to its possible odious nature) as if such intellectual garb would change the readers desires, and that Mein Kampf immediately topped every chart in Europe is also accepted at face value. That the BDS and Israel Apartheid assassins of honor have deployed to campuses across the United States to besmirch Israel, Zionists and far too many Jews in general unless they swear allegiance to the poor, unfortunate and beleaguered Palestinian and their noble and righteous cause does not surprise us. I can forgive those Jews who refuse to admit their love for Israel out of fear of engendering confrontations, though I can tell them a good strong stating of, “Yes, I am a proud Zionist and I love Israel and plan on living in a nation that would even permit your demonstrations even in Jerusalem because they are a free nation but should you with all your love for the Palestinian were caught in Gaza and known to be an American, you would be held for ransom and if it took the State Department two days to acquiesce, then I would really hate to be in your shoes in that company,” as such as bold statement said loud and proud would so startle them that you could then walk right between them as they would open like grocery store doors. But it takes practice to speak in such a tone that it places fear in the hearts of Dobermans and German Shepherds, even a pack of them roaming as feral wildings.

 

 

Jews Against Israel Should Mind Their Own House As the Zionists Care Little About Their Religious Interpretations and Confusion as to Whether Reclaiming the Land Precedes the Mashiach or or the Mashiach Precedes the Reclaiming Land

Jews Against Israel Should Mind Their Own House
As the Zionists Care Little About Their Religious
Interpretations and Confusion as to Whether
Reclaiming the Land Precedes the Mashiach or
or the Mashiach Precedes the Reclaiming Land

 

 

The numerous establishment church synods divesting from all investment in Israel as that stands right in line with their replacement theology which they can deny they still believe the Jews were forsaken by Hashem and serve some fallen angel which does not even exist in Judaism as we understand that Hashem had to allow evil otherwise goodness would simply be what was as it is in heaven and we mere mortals would not have free will as there would be no need for will at all; we would all simply be as our only choices would be normal. The churches who either publically or silently hold to their replacement theology do have a very good reason for attempting to destroy Israel and make life for the Jews who live there because one of their own doctrines point to the fact that Jews used to be nationless because Hashem had exiled them for their sin of not being Christians, Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodist, Orthodox or any of the other Protestant or Christian variant and not recognizing Jesus of Nazareth as the first coming of the Messiah and for that crime the Romans dispersed 80% of the Jews to all the reaches of their empire. The fact that Jewish Prophets had told of this coming exiles and it was spelled out even before the exile in Egypt to Abraham that the people promised as his primary and permanent beneficiaries of their relations with Hashem through which the eventual Mashiach would be brought forth were to experience three exiles, the first would be Egypt followed a period later by the exile in Babylon and finally the longest and at times seeming insufferable exile which resulted from the Roman Dispersion, the exile which has begun the ingathering. This is partly why there is the growing evidence for Jews to realize that their future is either Israel or becoming the new lost tribe which may well be described as the lost tribe from assimilation rather than like that of the original lost tribes as these will be somewhat voluntary or through lack of exposure as parents were all but lost to assimilation.

 

The Churches who will insist in holding dearly to their replacement theology which inevitably gets to how the Jews forsaking their favor with Hashem ignoring the last exile predicted by Prophets to be unlike any previous but also fortunately the final exile. This exile had another even more ominous story which has come true in many ways, the prophesy of the dry bones whose message was difficult to fathom until the Holocaust and the returning to Eretz Yisroel. Still, the conditions also had to be a part in how many Jews were forced from their homes; many were family homes which had been in their families for centuries, even for over a century. The stories will all be fascinating in their own special and not always the most positive of ways but all will be miracles in what is a time of renewed miracles. There will be those which are uplifting and those which will have us cry, there will be some tragic, some magical, some still unready for telling, some so very telling and some nothing short of a whole new kind of miracles. The returning of the ten lost tribes of Israel had started and with it stories beyond belief and with amazements and changes which will add new colors, new practices, new viewpoints, new holidays and returning Jews who have things to share and who will be enthralled and amazed by the Judaism they may not have realized existed while some may only recently have realized and been identified as one of the lost tribes of Israel. The coming future for Israel and for Judaism will be full of interest and poignantly punctuated with emotional reunions with tears of joy and losses to assimilation which each will bring tears of mourning as every single solitary Jew lost from a tribe is the loss for all the tribes as their hole in our whole slowly becomes a tear told with the tears of relationships never started, families not having a Brit Milah, Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah, or Wedding or generations of Mitzvahs and the generations and the loss to the body of Judaism is an unhealable wound which though unseen leaves and aching hearts in Heaven.

 

The previous all comes from the understandable part of the title. The problems cannot come from the Christians in the twenty-first century as they have given up on such things as pogroms, burning at the stake, thumbscrews, the rack and other equally distressing tortures and forms of murdering any heretic, or Jew as there was little difference. The main difference back when this was in style was dependent on who was applying the tortures and killing. Each Christian community if they were Catholic they would include Protestants and Muslims while the Protestants would include Catholics and Muslims and lastly the Muslims would add all Christians and as already established, all would target the Jews who having no land of their own could only be ready at the slightest sign of danger to relocate often within less than an hour. This may explain why Jews even through half of the Twentieth Century often had a few suitcases with religious items which would be taken out when necessary and returned as soon as feasible along with clothes, cookware, expensive and other precious, both monetary and sentimental, and a few days dried food and water in case a hasty departure became necessary. Those who had this predecessor to the bug-out bag lived when the pogrom started and the people approached the Jewish sector with torches and weaponry fled and lived to see another day and when feeling they had run sufficient distance and found a friendlier clime, then they would start by building their new home again in the Jewish sector, often called the Jewish Ghetto.

 

Losing Jewish children to assimilation which in those days meant conversion which meant living outside the Jewish ghetto and practicing Christianity or Islam in open where others watched and many also practiced their newfound religion in private and had made a complete conversion leaving Judaism as it was simply too dangerous and they did not feel attached more to their Judaism than to the area where they lived. These Jews who became the newly true converted Christians or Muslims were often some of the most devout so as to avoid any doubts and often their children were never told of their Jewish roots. Some of those lost Jews have looked up their parent’s, parent’s, parent’s parents, tracing both sides of their family tree, and in a fair number of cases their parents, both mother and father, were true Jews. Despite having converted to Christianity, or Islam, they continued to marry former Jews often meaning to keep the faith alive. These curious young adults heard of the forced conversions done sometimes centuries past and they felt some need to know. Some was curiosity and some it changed their whole lives. Those few whose interest was to determine who they were and for them it was a search for an identity they suspected as their grandparents had a Bible which was different kept hidden in a chest in their bedroom. When some were young they saw such a thing or picked up on some things which made them wonder like why did whenever the grandparent were with them did mother always light a pair of candles quietly in the kitchen when the children were with father, always father would take them for a walk and when they returned there were candles lighted and never a reason, it was just because or they brightened up the room or some logical answer that hid the reality, grandmother still kept the Sabbath. These often were the ones who brought copies of all the paperwork to a Rabbi and asked what they would need to do to become Jews and many were surprised when Rabbis told them they were born Jewish because of the lineage of their mother through her mother and so on back to the mother who converted under threat. The men were less than enthusiastic about the Brit Milah and the women had to be instructed and assisted by the Rabbi’s wife and other women with the purification. The largest groups of rediscovered Jews which we have heard or read about were in Poland. Many have applied to come to Israel and we pray their passage home is not too taxing.

 

As beyond belief as the rediscovered Jews from Poland and other places including in the Islamic and Christian lands, that too was not what we are having so much difficulty understanding. Oddly enough, the Jews who have no feelings to return home to Israel and like their lives wherever they reside we again have little problem believing as we met a fair number who just could not understand why we would want to move to Israel with all the terrorism and dangers. We attempted to present the facts that even with the terrorism, one is safer in Israel than being in the United States with the crime problems and we mentioned that just like where we lived you did not go certain places especially after dark, we failed to mention some of the places in Israel you do not go at all, day or night. We wish them well and may only the best in life be ahead for each and every one of them. Now on to the unfathomable. The unfathomable are the myriads of Jews residing in Israel as well as the others situated around the world who, for reasoning that escapes our ability to understand, simply feel compelled to destroy Israel as the Jewish State and desire to turn it over to swarms of Arab Muslim extremist terror mongers from which would come a bloodbath flooding the landscape with Jewish, Christian, Druze and even Muslim blood as they swarmed over the land like giant locust destroying every structure and field of grass and crops alike leaving nothing but a blood soaked ruination behind them that fateful day. The Jews who stand against Israel should mind their own house as the Zionists care little about their religious interpretations and confusion as to whether reclaiming the land precedes the Mashiach or the Mashiach precedes the reclaiming of the land. Just a little food for thought, before Hashem parted the Red Sea, did not Nahshon, a son of Amminadab, descendant in the fifth generation of Judah, and brother-in-law of Aaron, not need to show faith and walk into the sea until it washed over his head for Hashem would provide the miracle. Has not every miracle always been preceded by two things, prayers and an act of faith that Hashem will provide. Zionists are today’s Nahshon walking into the Red Sea until we are in over our heads and then will come our salvation, ours and yours. So may you stay safe until that day and along the way not feed the enemies who would see us both destroyed.

 

 

Pictures of Perspective where Left Side Depict Palestinian Arab Terrorist Views While on the Right are Depictions of Resultant Price Paid by Israel and Not All Victims Are Jews the Bottom Pair Depict Forms of Admirations and of Prayers Depicting a Deeper Faith

Pictures of Perspective where Left Side Depict
Palestinian Arab Terrorist Views While on the
Right are Depictions of Resultant Price Paid
by Israel and Not All Victims Are Jews the
Bottom Pair Depict Forms of Admirations
and of Prayers Depicting a Deeper Faith

 

 

Those residing or instigating here in Israel would be as devoured by the carnage as would any of the most devout Zionist, religious Hassidic, Christian of all origins and even every secular humanistic post-Zionist defender of so-called Palestinian rights to their own homeland. What these anti-religious zealots, ever so much as dedicated to their secularist religion, have never bothered to investigate is exactly what it is the leadership, which unfortunately is the entire mind of the terrorist body of the beast, actually is willing to accept in order to stop making false accusations and extremist rhetoric and demands for simply more without their ever having to answer the all-important question, how much more. They will refuse to ever give a direct answer; instead, when responding to how much is enough they will simply reply in a voice that would stop butter from melting on their tongues, “Our fair share,” “Our natural homeland,” “Just what we have asked for all along,” and my favorite, “Our stolen lands back.” These vagaries all hide the truth which can be heard from their minions across college campuses throughout the Western world where slogans are discarded as meaningless and not representative of any reality, but this one says exactly the entire truth, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine must be free.” Did you catch your answer, you useful idiots, to that all important question, “How much?” “From the River to the Sea.” Which means death for you and me. That should be the second line screamed over the top of Palestine must be free as the truth is their free Palestine is the second Shoah, the second six million plus slaughtered Jews along with another four or five million other Israelis including every last secular humanist Jew who touts the post-Zionist line that the lands we hold were stolen by conquering colonialists. Here is a radical thought for you, every piece of land outside of the patch where humanoids first came down from the trees losing that battle as the trees were safety and started learning to run or die, from that patch of grass where the first bipedal humanoid stepped down from that tree, every other inch of land has been conquered from some other animal or humanoid biped. There is your truth. I, for one, believe Israel is the land that will produce more miracles for the rest of mankind than all the nations throughout history and through future history yet told. The first miracle was the Israeli birth on May 15, 1948 when just as promised by our sages, Israel was born in one day, and Israel came to be at sunset and the L0rd looked down and saw it was good and for the first time in eons he slept well for one night because the very next day, in case you missed this in your history course, the barbarians were at it trying to tear asunder all that was declared and was realized if only in that one moment. The birth of Israel would have continued without any further bloodshed had all been left right there, but alas. Had the Arabs at any point accepted Israel in any of the ever smaller borders offered and gone on to build their lives instead of trying to take our lives, then all the bloodshed would have ended, period. So, how about we try and give this exclamation a try, “From the River to the Sea, no more bloodshed by you or me.”

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

 

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