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The See-through Yarmulkes and the Right of Return

The big question, of course, is where does the Jewish Home get its new votes?
Naftali Bennett (c) at his primaries victory party, November 7, 2012.

Naftali Bennett, after he was elected in 2012 to lead the Jewish Home party.
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This trend is pulling in secular Jews who feel robbed of their Judaism. They are scattered among the left wing kibbutzim, in towns and villages, searching for a path to their Jewish identity – and they’re finding satisfying answers in the Jewish Home. They’re not necessarily Shabbat observers, but some do check out the synagogues that open in their neighborhoods. They feel that they’re good Jews, despite their see-through yarmulke, the kippa of heaven. They, too, will be joining the trend that’s changing a party no one counted into the third largest party in Israel.

It’s not over till it’s over – but it’s not just an idle dream, either.

About the Author: Born in Tel Aviv in 1943. Graduated Bar Ilan University (Political Science and History) and Haifa University (Political Science). Chaired the Maariv political desk for 24 years. Married with children and grandchildren. Living in Raanana.


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2 Responses to “The See-through Yarmulkes and the Right of Return”

  1. Mr. Rahat, excellent analysis and excellent journalism. The list of deep disappointments is explains much. I hope Israel will embrace Zionism fully and without compromise in this election.

  2. I'm ashamed to say I know next to nothing of Jewish politics. It just seems that if Israel goes so shall the the US and vice versa. Israel seems like an oasis of good sense and common decency right smack in the middle of a perfect arab storm bent on its destruction……it has everything going against it including an inept, know-nothing American public and now a Obummer terror friendly government which has embraced the Muslim Brotherhood and the Jew Hating Acadamia that has helped to pervert our National Defense and even our public discourse via a corrupt media. It's heartbreaking. All I can do is recommend books I've read. And at the top of the list is The Haj by Leon Uris. I hand out the name of that book like a religious tract. If you're trying to explain to a friend what the Middle East-Israel-Palestinian-"right of return" is all about simply hand them this book.

    At one time I was one of those who thought Islam was just another religion. Even after 9/11. I've tried to see both sides of this issue and in the spirit of hearing both sides I purchased several Korans, A Summarized Bukhari and Taha's Second Message of Islam.

    It was the Bukhari that tipped the scales for me. Instead of going into a big dialogue I'll just say that as I read Sheikh Abdullah bin Humaid's article on jihad, (which features promenently in this "holy" book.), my hair stood on end. I sincerely, truly thought that someone had sent me a volume that the publishers reserved for their more “radical” friends. To this day I've incorporated it into a challenge I've sent out to dozens of Muslims, including Dr. Mohsen El-Guindy. Who, instead of sending me a response, suggested I read his books. I didn't do that but I printed out a bunch of his lengthy articles and read every single one. I won't waste any more time on this nut however here's the challenge:

    If Islam is the religion of peace, where in Abdullah bin Humaid's article on jihad can I find the equivalent of “Love Thy Neighbor”? “and good will toward men”? And explain its prominence, (and significance), in a book that's considered second only to the Koran; My Summarized Sahih Al-Bukhari. Also address “jihad” as it's defined in Reliance of the Traveller and answer the same question. Also compare Humaid's “jihad” and Emmet Fox' Sermon on the Mount and tell me which one best represents a spirit of Love and compassion.

    I have yet to get an answer from any Muslim I've sent this to.

    I was going to end here but I'll just say that I've had a book in my hand every day since I can remember. There has not been a single book or story that I've read about Jews that didn't involve heartbreak. As far as I'm concerned this speaks to the evil and unfairness that is Islam in that they can't even grant a sliver of land to a peoples who have been persecuted and slaughtered all through history. You'd think that after the Holocaust the Muslims would cut them some slack. But then I remember that the Holocaust is last thing on earth the Arabs want people to remember… ….they participated in it.

    Here are some books:

    The Haj by Leon Uris.
    Muslim Mafia by Gaubatz and Sperry.
    Because They Hate by Brigitte Gabriel.
    “Slavery, Terrorism and Islam” and “Holocaust in Rwanda” by Peter Hammond.
    The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America by David Horowitz.
    Ivory Towers On Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America by Martin Kramer.
    The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism by Andrew G. Bostom
    The Legacy of Jihad by Andrew G. Bostom MD
    A Concise History of the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden
    The Book of Jewish Knowledge by Nathan Ausubel.

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