Friday, October 03, 2008


I was sorry to read this. One of the many reasons why ( my wife and ) I decided, years ago, not to be(come) religious, is the fact that in Israel - unfortunately - there is an unwritten but almost direct and self-evident clear link between religion and ( rightwing, extreme or even fanatical rightwing ) politics. Polarization is not something specifically Israeli, it is a process that takes place on a global scale, but here I witness it personally, and to me it seems that between secular and religious Jews ( Israelis ) the divide has never been greater. Of course the ( vast? ) majority of religious Jews is still a central and vital part of ( Jewish ) democracy in Israel, but the group of sectarians among the national-religious part of the population who have - subconsciously or intentionally - separated or are separating themselves from the State has grown and keeps growing, it seems. There is a link between the demise of the influence of ( religious ) kibbutzim and 'incidents' ( it has become a trend, I am afraid ) such as this, this, this, and this. This is a problem of the State and of secular Israelis, as much as of the national-religious Israelis themselves. Better leadership, both secular-political and religious(-political), is one of the main requirements in the search for a way out of this downward spiral.

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