October 11, 2007

ELEVATING THE STATE ABOVE GOD:

Zionism's Bleak Present (Daniel Pipes, 10/11/07, FrontPageMagazine.com)

Let's suppose, however, that the country muddles through these many problems. That leaves it face to face with its ultimate challenge: a Jewish population increasingly disenchanted with, even embarrassed by, the country's founding ideology, Zionism, the Jewish national movement.

As developed by Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) and other theoreticians, Zionism's call for a sovereign Jewish state fit the political context and mood of its time. If Chinese, Arabs, and Irish sought to establish a national state, why not Jews?

Indeed, especially Jews, for through nearly two millennia they had paid the greatest price of any people for their political weakness, having been expelled, victimized, persecuted and mass murdered as none other. Zionism offered an escape to this tragic history by standing tall and taking up the sword.

From its inception, Zionism had its share of Jewish opponents, ranging from the Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox) to nostalgic Iraqis to reform rabbis, But, until recently, these were marginal elements. Now, due to high birth rates, the once-tiny Haredi community constitutes 22 percent of Israel's current first-grade class; add to this the roughly equivalent number of Arab first-graders and a sea-change in Israeli politics can be expected about 2025.

Worse for Israel, Jewish nationalism has lost the near-automatic support it once had among secular Jews, many of whom find this nineteenth-century ideology out of date.


It hardly need be pointed out that secular Jewish Zionism is racism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 11, 2007 7:14 PM
Comments

Reading Johnson's History of the Jews. There was intense opposition from the Orthodox to locating the homeland in Palestine, precisely because it was a secular project, against God's plan.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at October 12, 2007 12:00 AM

But non-secular (aka religious, or perhaps traditional) Zionism isn't?

Kindly explain, O profound one.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at October 12, 2007 2:14 AM

Which race would that be?

Posted by: Ibid at October 12, 2007 8:14 AM

Exactly. A secular Jew isn't.

Posted by: oj at October 12, 2007 10:27 AM
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