Likud politics is not messianist, just wrong-headed - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 04.03.11 | 18:40 (IST)

    Although Messianic ideology among the national-religious movement (strangely, so-called moderate orthodox) causes harm to the State of Israel, one cannot blame them for the dangers Israel is facing today. The religious messianists are just TOO FEW. Neither Lieberman nor Netanyahu are even religious, to say nothing of not being messianists. It is the ideology of Greater Israel, pursued by the Revisionists since the days of Jabotinsky (d. 1940), and by his pupil Begin, that are harmful to the future of the State. In recent years, these hardliners were enhanced by the non-ideological Russian Aliya. Perhaps the rise of religious fundamentalism around the world, including in Judaism, is cause by the rising threat from secular culture, but let us not confuse the issuee. Israeli psychologists should ask themselves how an irrational and futureless ideology can take root in large masses of people? It may have to do more with paranoia induced by millenia of national persecution, than by any modern trends. The good fortune of the Jews was that in the time period that mattered, in 1948, Zionism was led by visionary yet pragmatic people, not by extremist yahoos.

    from the article: Decline and fall of Israel’s Messianic politics
    First published 17:36 04.03.11 | Last updated 17:36 04.03.11
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