Many women, killed by partners, had fled to shelters but went home when support ended.09:23 14.02.16 | 0 comments
Ask them how they would feel if the BNP was in power in the UK and they are horrified. Explain to them that Israel is increasingly being controlled by ultra-nationalists and the very orthodox and firstly, they are disbelieving, then they say that they are confident that whatever Israel's government does must be in the best interests of the country. Who can blame them when the government's political opponents are few in number and largely ineffective, who can blame them when their relatives in Tel Aviv have turned their back on the political struggle and prefer to live in the famous "bubble"? As Israel changes how will these Jews find out what is happening? By visiting over Pesach or Succot? Of course not. By reading Haaretz, by joining various peace organisations, by reading blogs such as Bitter Lemons? Yes - but why should they search out these information sites when no-one has even told them that Israel could - and in my opinion should - be pursuing different policies. People in the peace camp talk of the need to break the IROW (Israel right or wrong) mindset. Why should diaspora Jews divert from this policy when the clearest message they hear is that under Netanyahu Israel is strong, secure and a good place for Jews. One glimmer of hope comes from people like Ronald Lauder, prominent Jews who are no longer prepared to give the government their unquestioning support. We urgently need more Jewish diaspora leaders to do likewise. Maybe then we will start to see grassroots Jews starting to re-evaluate their ideas. Regrettably I am not optimistic.