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    • Ben Gurion
    • 16.10.05 | 20:32 (IST)

    Israel needs to protect itself against the messianic idea. This concept needs to be removed from our system. It was useful in the past in maintaining the persecuted Jewish people, but since the Emancipation, messianism is causing more damage than good. If we do not remove this genie, it might rise one day and cause some war of conquest. (The settlers approved of the 1982 Lebanon War as a way of "correcting the world". Who else could do such a job, they asked.) Modern Zionism was successful because it unloaded the idea of a supernatural redeemer and decided to do the work of redemption by itself. Judaism changed dramatically as a result of the trauma following the destruction of the Second Temple. Removing the settlements should be described by Zvi Barel and the Left as the failure of messianism. This should be done now, so that when the time comes, the seeds of disbelief in the Messiah would have been sown.

    from the article: After the Yesha Council lost the `ayin'
    First published 00:00 16.10.05 | Last updated 00:00 16.10.05
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