Friday, August 9, 2019

Anti-religious sentiment in the State of Israel

Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch battled anti-Torah people all his life. We face similar battles. I have cited many examples of anti-religious sentiment in Israeli society. Here's another example.

A Times of Israel article that I recently cited discusses the war of words between the PM and Bezalel Smotrich, the Transportation minister, regarding whether the State of Israel should follow Torah law as the latter proposed. The PM laughed at him.

The article then went on to discuss whether Likud would join religious parties to form a government after the next elections and the PMs legal woes as resulting from corruption charges. That discussion is off topic but related enough I suppose to serve as an addition.

Then, TOI tells us in detail of possible indictments of the heads of religious parties Shas and UTG for alleged corruption. Now we are really off topic. What has this to do with Netanyahu and Smotrich? The writers (identified as TOI Staff) just had to squeeze that in, their hostility to Orthodox Judaism being typical for chilonim. 

And you can't say it's only the Israeli left (TOI is left wing) because the very right-wing A. Lieberman is just as bad. His recent attacks on Charedim raised his Knesset seat count from 5 in the last election to a projected 10 in the upcoming one. His voters are all right-wingers.

I'm certainly not justifying any corruption in the parties that claim to represent religious people and wouldn't complain if the TOI wrote articles about it as long as TOI wrote articles about all corruption in the State of Israel. And there's a lot of it. But to find a  way, by hook or crook, to mention only the problems with Shas and UTG here shows a palpable prejudice.

Netanyahu is from the Likud party. Well, the article failed to mention that Welfare Minister Haim Katz of the Likud party will likely be indicted in the coming days on charges of fraud and breach of trust. So if they wanted to list corruption problems in the parties that claim to represent religious people as long as they were mentioning those parties, why not mention corruption in the Likud party as long as you are talking about Likud? Remember, in Israel, one votes for a party on the national level, not a person. Nobody votes for Netanyahu. They vote for Likud. And coalitions occur between parties not individuals. 

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