""[The State of Israel will be based on] the foundations of freedom, justice and peace, [as envisioned by the Prophets of Israel]" Israel's Declaration of Independence proclaims - how does such a society come to adopt policies of discrimination, persecution and endless conflict? "" - D. Landau The composition of the Jewish population of Israel today is very different from the one that established the State. Consider the new elements today: 1. About 1/3 of Israeli Jews come from families who immigrated to Israel from Arab lands after the establishment of the State. They brought with the Arab culture they have adopted during the long exile, including emotionalism and violent tendencies. 2. About 20% of Israeli Jews came recently from the former Soviet Union, and grew up in an atmosphere of brutishness, lawlessness, and racist tendencies. 3. About 10% of Ashkenazi Jews (based on Knesset representation of 11 seats) are religious and Haredi messianists who regard state law as something inferior to Talmudic law and act accordingly. Racism is specifically sanctioned. These three groups had very little representation among the founders of the state, but constitute some 65% of today's Jewish population. Rapid change can only happen with a massive Aliya from the US. Otherwise, we are in for a long re-educational process.
Shaffir to Herzog: Opposition failed to show leadership in political battles against PM (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel is sliding toward McCarthyism and racism