Collective Conversions are Necessary

Israel’s diverse government has lost its majority in the Knesset with the defection of coalition whip Idit Silman, apparently over the issue of conversion reform. There can be little doubt that Member of Knesset Silman found herself under heavy rabbinical pressure and that she ultimately relented. There is also the issue that mainstream Modern OrthodoxyContinue reading “Collective Conversions are Necessary”

Why was the Palestinian Authority Established?

Neither Israel nor the PLO signed the Oslo Accords in good faith. The PLO was founded to destroy Israel and has never abandoned its Anti-Zionist zeal to destroy the Jewish state. Israel of course was keenly aware of this fact but sought to unburden itself of military administration of millions of Palestinians. Palestinian autonomy wasContinue reading “Why was the Palestinian Authority Established?”

The Mossad Should Breed Genius

Jewish geniuses are not visible in Israeli society beyond the ultra-Orthodox sector for the simple reason that they are nearly all concentrated in the intelligence sector, probably mostly in the Mossad (international intelligence) and to a lesser extent in the Aman (military intelligence) and the Shin Bet (internal security). The contributions of Jewish geniuses toContinue reading “The Mossad Should Breed Genius”

Islamization vs. Freedom of Religion

Islamization is the creation of a religiously coercive environment where there is no freedom of religion. This is similar to how religion is informally coerced on all Jews living in Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) cities and neighborhoods in Israel. While religious enclaves must be tolerated under freedom of religion, Islamization certainly is not legitimate when it isContinue reading “Islamization vs. Freedom of Religion”

The Orthodox Conversion Dispute

Why does Rabbinic Judaism tend to be reluctant to receive converts? The Jews have always been a nation that welcomes newcomers, however Rabbinic Judaism does not missionize and Orthodox Judaism typically demands a prolonged waiting period to show sustained ritual observance before someone is converted, in the Diaspora typically three years. What is the historicalContinue reading “The Orthodox Conversion Dispute”

Indigenous Construction is not Irrational

The general international perception of the indigenous restoration project in Judea and Samaria is that it is fundamentally irrational and that demographic trends work against Israel and Zionism. The Israeli calculation was always that demography and time are on Israel’s side and that was and remains no doubt a correct assessment. This estimate has beenContinue reading “Indigenous Construction is not Irrational”

Indigenous Construction does not Thwart Two-State Solution

Recently did an anonymous Palestinian official claim that the Palestinian Authority and the US government see eye to eye on the question of restorative indigenous communities and ostensibly agree that the indigenous restoration project in Judea and Samaria is designed to thwart a two-state solution. Nothing could be further from the truth. The indigenous restorationContinue reading “Indigenous Construction does not Thwart Two-State Solution”

The Unfounded US Obsession with Indigenous Construction

US President Joe Biden is known for his long-standing opposition to the indigenous restoration project in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. His opposition to indigenous construction spans decades and is founded in genuine demographic concerns for Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state.  The leftwing Zionists never had the facts on their side as theContinue reading “The Unfounded US Obsession with Indigenous Construction”

The Two-State Solution that Never Was

It is generally assumed that a so-called “two-state solution” along the lines of a return plus-minus to the pre-1967 Auschwitz lines is in the interest of both Israel and the Palestinian Authority. It is also claimed that if this particular version of a two-state solution (there are others) becomes impossible (it is already impossible), thenContinue reading “The Two-State Solution that Never Was”

Restorative Indigenous Construction is Rational

There has long been an assumption in the international community that the restorative indigenous construction project in Judea and Samaria is the result of excessive nationalism of politically conservative Revisionist Zionism and rightwing Modern Orthodox Religious Zionism. It has not been understood that the restorative indigenous communities were not founded at random but are aContinue reading “Restorative Indigenous Construction is Rational”

The Schism in Orthodox Judaism

There is an increasing schism in Orthodox Judaism and a trend by Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) rabbis not to recognize conversions performed by many Modern Orthodox rabbis. This is already full-blown in Israel where Haredi rabbis refuse to recognize conversions performed by the Chief Rabbinate. Confusingly, the Israeli Chief Rabbinate nowadays has increasingly been dominated by HarediContinue reading “The Schism in Orthodox Judaism”

The Decline of American Jewry

American Jewry is rapidly disappearing as the new generation is alienated from the Jewish people and Judaism and the intermarriage rate is staggering. It is clear that the only future for non-Orthodox Rabbinic Judaism is in Israel as it will disappear in the Diaspora. The only ones who will remain are the Orthodox Jews, bothContinue reading “The Decline of American Jewry”

The Haredi Demographic Revolution

Nearly all Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Jews were annihilated during the Holocaust and have since through high fertility rates and proselytization among non-Haredi Jews grown to 1,8 million people, the majority living in Israel and the second largest community being in the United States. When Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973) granted exemption for military serviceContinue reading “The Haredi Demographic Revolution”

The Palestinian Authority does not Want to End the Conflict

The official “negotiation position” of the Palestinian Authority is that of endless demands leading to the dismantlement of the Jewish state without being interested in offering anything in return. Not only does the Palestinian Authority refuse to negotiate with Israel but it is officially commiitted to its Anti-Zionist ideology of ending the Jewish state. TheContinue reading “The Palestinian Authority does not Want to End the Conflict”

What the Haredi World Thinks of Fellow Jews

Most Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Jews are not Zionists. The majority however accepts the Jewish state but wants it to become a Haredi theocracy. A minority are religious Anti-Zionists who reject theocracy before the coming of the Mashiach (messiah). However, the Haredi Anti-Zionists do not vote in Israeli elections and therefore do not have any influence overContinue reading “What the Haredi World Thinks of Fellow Jews”

Resolving the Problem is What Matters

There has long been an international fixation on Palestinian statehood and a so-called “two-state solution”. This was ostensibly “the only solution” to the Palestinian problem. Nothing could be more false. The international community has tried to achieve a two-state solution since 1937 and has only seen failure. The international community needs to internalize that whatContinue reading “Resolving the Problem is What Matters”

The Danger of Return to the Auschwitz Lines

Israel has built in Judea and Samaria since the 1970s with the dual strategic goals of 1) preventing a return to what former Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban (1915-2002) described as “the Auschwitz lines” from which Israel would only be able to defend itself through preemptive war and 2) eventually redeeming and enfranchising the entireContinue reading “The Danger of Return to the Auschwitz Lines”

The Indigenous Restorative Communities of Judea and Samaria were not a Mistake

It is often claimed the strategically located indigenous restorative communities of Judea and Samaria contravene international law, yet Judea and Samaria is terra nullius and even those who recognize the non-existent “Palestinian state” cannot deny that the area was terra nullius at least prior to 1988, the period when most of those communities were established.Continue reading “The Indigenous Restorative Communities of Judea and Samaria were not a Mistake”

Decades of Failed Pressure

Successive US administrations have for decades applied varying degrees of diplomatic pressure on Israeli governments to refrain from indigenous restorative strategic construction in Judea and Samaria. Yet the fact is that Israeli governments of all political colors have built in Judea and Samaria since the late 1970s because it is rightly seen as a vitalContinue reading “Decades of Failed Pressure”

The International Community was Wrong About Judea and Samaria

Sometimes it takes an effort to admit that you were in the wrong. Sometimes it is very difficult, especially if it is an entrenched political position, so let’s examine the issue of Judea and Samaria. If you want a Palestinian state then a solution along the lines of the Kushner peace plan is the onlyContinue reading “The International Community was Wrong About Judea and Samaria”

Indigenous Restoration in Judea and Samaria is a Vital National Security Interest

Israel has since the 1970s invested vast sums in the indigenous restoration project of Judea and Samaria. This is not as is sometimes claimed motivated by irrational nationalist or religious sentiments but rather by clearheaded long-term strategic thinking. The mountain ridge of Judea and Samaria overlooks central Israel and an overwhelming military assault by enemyContinue reading “Indigenous Restoration in Judea and Samaria is a Vital National Security Interest”

The Palestinians of Judea and Samaria Have a Better Future With Israel

Those in the international community who still sincerely believe in Palestinian statehood do not seem to have considered the best interests of the Palestinians themselves. Palestinians of Judea and Samaria currently live under a corrupt, autocratic, nepotistic and kleptocratic dictatorship which certainly does not have the best interests of its population at heart. It isContinue reading “The Palestinians of Judea and Samaria Have a Better Future With Israel”

Is Judaism Authentic Without Knowledge of Esoteric Judaism?

Knowledge of Esoteric Judaism is shared by small initiated elites in Haredi Orthodox Judaism, Sabbateanism, Mandaeism, denominations of core Median Judaism and possibly Shinto (whose practitioners are not halakhically Jewish because the Japanese are also Buddhists yet practice Median Judaism). Of course Esoteric Judaism (essentially neo-Sumerianism) is very different from Rabbinic Judaism, which is merelyContinue reading “Is Judaism Authentic Without Knowledge of Esoteric Judaism?”

Israel’s Theocratic Threat

Israel is under severe theocratic threat. Israel’s Jewish Talibans oppose liberal democracy, modernity, gender equality and LGBTQI emancipation. Using their position in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, have Israel’s theocratic parties perpetuated religious coercion that are leftovers from the Ottoman Millet system, with a view towards eventually transforming Israel into a theocratic state. The domestic struggleContinue reading “Israel’s Theocratic Threat”

Is Zionism Serious about the Ingathering of the Exiles?

The historical rediscovery of core Median Jewry is surely one the more significant events in Jewish history. This historical rediscovery is also one that obliges. Is the State of Israel ready for the ingathering of Median Jewry including core Median Jewry, i.e. Alawites, Alevis, Alians, Bektashis, Druze, Yarsanis and Yezidis? The question is if ZionismContinue reading “Is Zionism Serious about the Ingathering of the Exiles?”

The Idea of a Palestinian State is Outdated

Israel always counted on increasingly falling Palestinian fertility rates and the Haredi population explosion (there will be 5 million Haredi Israelis in three decades time) to resolve the Palestinian dispute. Then came the historical rediscovery of core Median Jewry as deus ex machina. Israeli annexation of 4 million Syrian and Lebanese Median Jews (Alawites andContinue reading “The Idea of a Palestinian State is Outdated”

Jewish Survival

One criterion as to whether a form of Judaism is genuine is whether it stands a chance of survival. While usually not explicitly spelled out is Jewish long-term survival the overriding criterion in halakhic decision making in contemporary Orthodox Judaism. The main reason non-Orthodox Judaism is condemned by Orthodox rabbis is primarily because it tendsContinue reading “Jewish Survival”

A False Dichotomy

Palestinian propaganda has in recent decades consistently claimed that Israel “has to choose” between a so-called “two-state solution” which entails endangering the Jewish state and a so-called “one-state solution” which entails endangering endangering the Jewish people. This is a patently false choice. The Palestinian side sees a so called “two-state solution” as a purely transitionalContinue reading “A False Dichotomy”

A Hopeless Cause

The Palestinian cause is a hopeless case because they universally make completely impossible demands. They literally require that Israel self-destruct by 1) accepting unlimited immigration of millions of Anti-Zionist descendants of Palestinian ex-refugeees thus dooming any hypothetical “two-state solution” into a transitional fiction, 2) requiring Israel to accept indefensible boundaries within which Israel could notContinue reading “A Hopeless Cause”

Israel’s Haredi Dilemma

Israel’s Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) population explosion poses multiple dilemmas to Israeli long-term planners. One thing that is clear is that Israeli liberal democracy will not be able to survive and in its stead there will need to be a system of liberal guided democracy. It will still be a democracy but not a liberal democracy. ThereContinue reading “Israel’s Haredi Dilemma”