‘ The phenomenon of minorities.
Ideally, “the wolf shall dwell with the lamb”, but we are not living in ideal times. History has shown that there is a dangerous potential for conflict wherever members of two different religions dwell in the same territory. Such was the situation in Northern Ireland for hundreds of years, in the Caucus region of Russia, in the Balkans, and even in Canada. The above truism is even more relevant to our situation as the Israeli-Arab conflict is both religious and nationalistic, thus complicating matters all the more.’
‘An additional measure that would assure the existence of Israel as a Jewish, Zionistic, and democratic state is the introduction of a new citizenship law, which would make citizenship contingent upon one’s declaration of loyalty to the State of Israel as a Jewish state, its symbols, authority and a commitment to serve in the army or in an alternate civilian program. Anyone one who makes the above declaration is welcome to be a citizen of Israel, regardless of race or creed, and conversely, one who refuses to comply may reside in Israel and enjoy state benefits but will not have the right to vote or run for office. These measures will usher in great changes. They therefore require an Israeli government with tremendous determination and invigorated thinking.’
From the Beytenu Vsion
‘The Russian immigrant, a former bouncer in a bar, is being investigated for his ties to Russian underworld figures: money funneled into his political activities from abroad apparently came from some pretty dubious sources.
That a gangster of Lieberman's ilk is now a serious contender for the post of prime minister and his fascist party is rising in popularity are measures of how the Israeli settler colony, originally designed along left-wing Zionist-utopian lines, has hardened into a national socialist Sparta. ‘Justin Raimondo, ‘ The Jewish Hitler?’, Oct, 2006
(An article on Avigdor Lieberman)
I owe this to Steven Leser. He directed me to the site of the Israel- Beitenu (Israel- Our Home) political party despite my attempts to avoid looking at Lieberman’s face. What’s that with those Liebermans anyway? Such a beautiful name (love of man) somehow in the recent history is associated with rather unfortunate characters. We all know our Joe, the Loveman, the Independent- In- Sold- By – Owner Senator whose allegiance is unknown. I am wondering – if there was an Oath of Loyalty in Israel and Joe would have taken it to live there, would the Israelis be so gullible to believe him? Unlikely. I guess they would tell him to take multiple oaths or maybe would remember that Golda Meir’s statement when Mayer Lansky wanted to reside in Israel, ’We don’t want any Mafia here.’ They don’t? Then why Mr. A. Lieberman, allegedly a former bouncer and a man with a dark past (according to Justin Raimondo’s article referred above) is now going to be a Minister in the Israeli Coalition government? If Golda could only see that she would have preferred Mayer. At least he was an American and pledged a million dollars.
Ok, the introduction is over and let’s read. Read attentively because the Beytenu Party in Israel is not a joke. It exists and flourishes and it claims to represent the people like me- the immigrants from the former Soviet Union. And as one of them I say now loud and clear- it does. This is not an enjoyable statement but I have to say it because unless I explain certain things most of the readers here would not understand the implications of that unfortunate phenomenon.
I have chosen the two excerpts from the Beytenu Vision deliberately because they make it possible to see the whole picture in a nutshell. Let’s read the second one, shall we? ‘…an additional measure that would assure the existence of Israel as a Jewish, Zionistic, and democratic state…’ Here we stop for a while. The statement is very interesting indeed. The one and only feature of the mature democracy Western -style is a secular Constitution. True, England does not have one. But it bases its foundation on the Magna Carta and the precedent judiciary and it is also a secular country where the laws of the state are in no way (at least officially) governed by some prevailing ideology. If someone tries, for instance, to name the UK ‘a democratic Anglican state’ I suspect that the Queen herself will rebuff that someone.
Israel doesn’t have a Constitution because of Zionism. Zionism is a theo-political movement; it presumes that it was a God’s Providence to return Jews to the Land of Israel and make them to live there in the Jewish State. Zionism does not specify what particular political system Israel has to have. The original settlers were heavily socialistically dominated and many of them were in favor of Communism. Zionism in no way presumes a Western- type democracy. Moreover, the founders of Zionism were trying to take the Jews away from the Western countries, stating that those secular democracies still were oppressing them and as such were failing as role models. In its pure form Zionism is very much a nationalistic movement and as such is closer to the totalitarian ideologies. That makes the claim of the Beytenu Party quoted above self- contradictory. In sorts, the closer Israel moves to the pure Zionist ideology as a prevailing one, the lesser chance it has to be a democratic society. Pure Jewish state, if that happens, will resemble the one we, the immigrants remember very well – the Soviet Union with its single- party system. There they called it ‘democratic centralism’, which is an oxymoron too. And here we come to the claim of mine- the Beytenu party models its vision after the Soviet system; they just want to recreate the Soviet Union in Israel or rather their perception of the Soviet Israel for the Jews.