Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon /GPO/FLASH90
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a train to the southern town of Sderot, to inaugurate a new, rocket proof train station. As this picture exhibits, Netanyahu's political foundation relies on right-wingers (like Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz sitting next to him) and the Orthodox, without being one himself. He must devise maneuvers to keep the right at his side, while supporting the secularist Ashkenazi elite where he really belongs.

There’s only one reason I could think of, and it frightens me more than three antichrists and a madrassa full of jihadists.

They’re afraid of us. Both the ruling elites in Israel and in the U.S. are afraid of the Jews.


Hear me out:

The fast diminishing Ashkenazi secular elite is terrified of the growing traditional, patriotic, progressively more affluent National Religious, as well as the Haredi Jews, who already comprise a decisive electoral majority in Israel.

In this equation, Netanyahu is in the same fast diminishing class as Tzipi Livni. This secularist junta of billionaires, judges and lawyers, media moguls and politicians, all depend on their centralized ownership of the state for their very livelihood. They are terrified that one day we’ll take it away from them.

And so they do whatever they can to terrorize us, manipulate us, maneuver us, force us into these meaningless dances, and as long as we’re willing to dance, they’ll provide the music.

In America, the political class will not feel safe as long as a Jewish Israel is allowed to thrive unmolested.

The amount of goodness that’s flowing out of Israel, in all aspects of technology and commerce, scholarship, spirituality, wisdom, military effectiveness, provocative originality—constitutes a threat to the powers that be in Washington.

Left to our own devices, we could, some day, infuse the world with our spirit and imagination. We’ve done it at least once before, when our Torah liberated humanity from darkness. The world is afraid of what all this goodness and innovation could once again do to the status quo.

And so they invest heavily in exposing us to danger: Iran, the Palestinians, the boycotts, heaps of lies about who we are and what we do – just to keep us busy defending our good name, arguing, explaining, cajoling, making insane sacrifices. Same dance, different rinks.

Don’t lose heart, though. The day is near when we come to our senses and refuse to dance any more. Neither to the tune of our secular Ashkenazi masters, nor our Washington nemesis. We’ll rediscover our courage, realize that we are protected by the Creator of the universe, and leave the dance floor.

No more dancing for us.


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Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth,,, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.