Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 2 (2 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   No comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

Israelis Want Out

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 4 of 6 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 2   Well Said 2   Supported 2  
View Ratings | Rate It

Become a Fan
  (191 fans)

"The right and the left in present-day Israel are in dispute over one issue: where on our scale of identity we place Jewish identity." 

"The more of a humanist and liberal you are, the lower you situate your Jewish identity." 

"It's been like that ever since Benjamin Netanyahu whispered into the ear of (the late kabbalist) Rabbi Kaduri, "The leftists have forgotten what it is to be Jewish.' "

Perhaps they prefer being secular and human instead. Their values differ greatly from state-sponsored ones. They prioritize economic/financial considerations. No ideological tie binds them to Israel.

Foreign passports are considered insurance. Holders are mostly Ashkenazim (European) children and grandchildren.

Israeli strategic consultant/lecturer Noam Manella says they've "been transformed from being identified with the state into a segment of their own."

They're another "population center, like the ultra-Orthodox, the Arabs, and the Russians." Many call themselves "a negligible minority in Israel."

They then ask "What connects me to the country?" 

Alienated Israelis say it's "preferable to feel that way in a more comfortable location - one that also offers diverse and interesting possibilities for professional development." 

"A young Israeli start-up person can feel more of a kinship with an American counterpart in Silicon Valley than with the neighbor across the hall."

It's because Israel delinked from its people. It happened decades ago. Inequality defines Israeli society. 

It shows in military service, religious extremism, sweeping privatizations, prioritized wealth/power/and privilege, neoliberal harshness, and abandonment of ordinary Israelis as well as those most disadvantaged.

Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar says efforts to link Israelis to state policies are wrongheaded.

"At one time, people were connected through large national symbols, but today the only thing that can create the connection is mutual commitment, and the state has to seize that - equality in bearing the burden."

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The McCain-Lieberman Police State Act

Daniel Estulin's "True Story of the Bilderberg Group" and What They May Be Planning Now

Continuity of Government: Coup d'Etat Authority in America

America Facing Depression and Bankruptcy

Lies, Damn Lies and the Murdoch Empire

Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccine Alert


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
No comments