Before getting to today’s subject, please allow us to interject with this little revelation about which little needs to be commented as it explains itself. The New York Times, attached to the bottom of the article titled Netanyahu Is Talking to Leading Democrats to Little Effect So Far, stated,
Correction: January 30, 2015
An earlier version of this article misstated when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel accepted Speaker John A. Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. He accepted after the administration had been informed of the invitation, not before.
Methinks the Administration doth protest too much.
Thank you for your patience and now on with today’s article
The Most Difficult Political Speech is Honest Speech
Naftali Bennett spoke honestly and is paying a price before the paragons of all that is correct and permitted to speak. Mr. Bennett made a promise, which if made by Tzipi Livni or Yitzhak Hertzog would have been acclaimed as taking a difficult and brave stand against a situation which plagues too many Israelis and is more prevalent in the less wealthy neighborhoods, a promise to address crime which targets south Tel Aviv and many across the Negev and Galilee where gangs, often Arab gangs thus the potential problems mentioning such if one is not of the correct political bend, victimize the more vulnerable amongst us and whom the authorities appear reluctant to address. This is the promise the Jewish Home Party is basing their call for their own Ayelet Shaked to take the Public Security Minister position should they be included in the next ruling coalition. The media immediately jumped on Naftali Bennett claiming he was making racist incitement or accusing all Arabs of committing criminal acts. Nobody apparently thought to grant Bennett with being concerned with a plight which inflicts the lives of people who for reasons not of their own making face increased criminal elements victimizing the areas where they live. Should anybody on the left make such a claim to target crime in high risk neighborhoods they are lauded as taking the brave stand, caring for the downtrodden, leading a needed crusade or simply shows their nature as a risk-taker not afraid to broach the most sensitive of subjects. But Israeli society needs to go further into these areas and by doing so remove some of the barriers between the different areas of our society and make our personal and community lives be as accepting of people spanning the entirety of Israeli populations as has been accomplished in the IDF.
That brings us to a couple of horrific acts for which those responsible deserve the strictest application of the law possible. Ghazi Hasisi, a Druze from Daliat al-Karmel, had stepped outside of the Ultra Sound club in Kibbutz Yagur where he was overheard to speak Arabic which led a group of young people to assault him throwing rocks injuring him. Ghazi Hasisi serves in the Golani Brigade. This assault was reminiscent of another assault which took place at the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem where Tommy Hasson, a Druze army veteran, was assaulted quite likely for the same reason. Such acts of violence are horrid and that they would be committed for such an absurd reason as that somebody was speaking a different language makes it abhorrent. Just as the violence perpetrated against Jews for their religion in Europe and elsewhere, it is just as if not more-so when it is committed in Israel against anybody simply because of their religion, ethnicity or anything which used by the judgmental amongst us. These two attacks in some ways are more offensive than many other attacks which occur within the areas under Israeli control as these two assaults were committed by Jews. That makes these two attacks a sin on every Israeli Jew and a reflection that something is wrong with our society that such acts can even come from any Israeli Jew. The one reprieve came from the act by members of grassroots Zionist movement Im Tirtzu visited Ghazi Hasisi in his room at Rambam Hospital in Haifa on Sunday. May their kindness erase the shame committed of the uncouth assault and may our Druze friends accept that the majority of Jews are horrified by the actions of the few and pray that both Ghazi Hasisi and Tommy Hasson can find it in their hearts to allow and accept our apologies. May the miscreants of these two senseless and irresponsible acts be found, charged and sentenced with the harshness they deserve.
This takes me to somewhere a little further off the norms than usual. I know some are wondering if that is possible, trust me, after the rest of this article you will agree, well, probably. Israel is presented in Torah as having a unique purpose and as Israeli Jews we are tasked with that special purpose. This is described as being a light unto the nations. We are not tasked to try and convert others and are only supposed to explain the particulars and requirements placed upon the Jews, especially when we are residing in our home of Eretz Yisroel. What we are to do is set such a high standard for ourselves and in our actions such that other peoples desire to follow our examples when it comes to establishing their nations and cultures. We are to live a holy life according to Torah and through our actions show how high and moral human society can be simply by the actions of the individuals collectively and that improving life and society is a personal thing which does not require government to make a society pleasant and caring where people want to live and look to the society as the model for their own society. That is why Jews acting in such a boorish and brutish manner is actually so offensive to other Jews. While fashioning a society around such high standards is difficult, actions such as these racist assaults detract from the whole society and require that the rest of Israel work that much harder to make up for those who acted in such a manner which is so against what is desired. This is why Naftali Bennett’s challenge to reduce crime in every neighborhood and especially where the people already are facing the difficulties of making ends meet on an income which is below average, is actually an effort which will expand and make the lives of all Israelis safer and that much more enjoyable. These neighborhoods are often left on their own and thus become targeted by criminal elements as they are assured that the enforcement of the law is not as strict as in the more affluent neighborhoods where if the police are insufficient to protect the people, then they hire additional security to guard them and only them. That is why it actually makes sense that the Jewish Home Party would place improving all of Israeli society and work towards making all of Israel safe and living up to the standard of being a light unto the nations. As mentioned above, these efforts will lead to making everywhere safe and by doing so make everywhere more friendly and an exemplary place to live and raise a family. That is another aim is to make all of Israel family friendly where everybody is treated with honesty, friendliness, respect and granted honor due every one of G0d’s children.
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