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by on 02/08/2018

Israel is the prove, that humans, whatever culture, faith, nation they come from, when acting as one politically organised society, eventually will behave and act very similarly. Jews while in diaspora, even if segregated for centuries in ghettos, or following the enlightenment integrated in the surrounding societies, according to their cultural ethical code were the most pacifist, cosmopolitan non locally oriented people, even if they sustained their tribal identity, in spite of living in diaspora dispersed in all corners of the world. With the opening of the surrounding societies in nineteenth century, and gradual secularization of European societies, many Jews also went through secularization, at least in the more developed parts of Europe, namely, England, France, Germany and Austro-Hungary, and tried to integrate into the surrounding societies. Many of them abandoned their religious identity and officially became christians, even if rather they had secular belief. (viz, Mendelson, Marx, Heinrich Heine, Mahler, etc. who were officially Christians, still considered Jews.)

While before the beginning of nineteenth century the European society for centuries was divided clearly to peasants subjected to their landlords, urban population belonging to their professional guild, and the leading political, military and spiritual elits. With the industrial revolution, and urbanisation this social identity, old loyalties, and social belonging was disrupted, and new political ideological faith appears in form of nationalistic or socialistic politically active parties, that recruited most of the new urban population. Add to it, the secularization of the European societies, and all those new emigrants to the growing cities, originated form peasantry and agricultural communities, who out of confusion by losing their identity were radicalised, while trying to solve their identity crisis, that was based in their homes on loyalty towards their lords. The easy exit from their confusion, while joining the urban communities, was to join group of people politically active in societies, that later were identified with left or right political ideologies.

While the religious Jews, continue living their segregated life, believing, it doesn’t concern them, the secular Jews, understanding that there is no place for them among the right wing nationalist activists, turned to the more cosmopolitan, more universal ideology of the left. This is the reason behind so many Jews names among the left spectrum of the political scenery, and so few in the right spectrum.

The Zionist movement, representing ideology of emerging Jewish national identity, claiming right for self determination in the ancient Jewish land, where the Jewish cultural, religious and national identity came to existence. This political movement was politically reflection of the secular part of the Jewish society, and in its essence was a socialist lefty secular movement, with Jewish national emphasize. Still small chunk of the Zionist movement was nationalistic, with more tolerance to the religion than the totally secular socialist Zionist left. Both parts of the Zionist political spectrum made their agenda the need to normalize the Jewish nation, or as metaphorically they put it, turn around the inverted pyramid, meaning to make the Jewish nation more normal as any other nation, (European nation), more peasantry manual working and less spiritual, religious, intellectual based.

Following WWII and the Holocaust, the lefty socialist Zionist movement, as contrary to the right wing Zionist representatives, opportunistically exploited the window of opportunity, that opened out of confusion in the world political scenery, when the winning world leading nations, still couldn’t comprehend the level of evil, that the most advanced European nation made to the Jews, and supported the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel. This historical success kept the left in power for 30 years, but then demographic changes increased the more religiously and more traditional propensity part of the society. This resulted a failure in the ballots of 1977 elections.

Since 1977, most of the time the government of Israel is based on representatives of national conservative parties, that created a more natural coalition with the religious parties, without them never could be established a majority in the parliament, not even in times of lefty governments.
Since then, the left, that consists 10% of political parties, representing the Arab population, and about 35% secular, liberal or socialistic parties, try to create a majority block, or at least situation, where there is technically no possibility to create a right-religious coalition government. Since the religious political parties represent about 15-20% of the political representation, the right wing coalition can’t exist without them. The left, on the other side tries to create coalition based on Jewish majority, while the arab parties are supportive out of the government.

But what kind of ideology the religious parties represent? Mostly ideology of segregation and inner reflection, that was so typical for the religious Jews, while living in diaspora in ghettos. But then the Jews were powerless, and this became faithful to them, when the murderous Nazis came to power in Germany.

The lesson was learned and Israel became militarily a very powerful nation. To add to it the reality of continuous wars with the neighbouring arab states and the Palestinians, who even after 70 years of continuous wars, almost entirely provoked by the Arab countries or the Palestinians, that militarily all ended with Israeli victory, The Muslim Arab politicians and population don’t come with term with the reality, that in this small piece of land, came to existence a non Muslim state, that in spite off all the trials of delegitimization, boycotts, hate speeches, threats, and collaboration with the western naive intelectual left, etc., Israel continued to thrive, culturally, economically, and socially, while the Muslim-Arab world ruled by military or religious despotism fall into disintegration and loss of cleare identity and focus.

Since then the Jewish nation, successfully accomplished the task of normalization of the Jewish nation, turned around the inverted pyramid. Meaning, not anymore pacifists or cosmopolitan, but rather nationalistic introverted nation. To add to it the religious traditional element of segregation tendencies, and you have here a absolutely normal nation, that under continuous threats of war and annihilation, act more and more aggressively and with less and less restrain towards the neighbouring states and people who continue with their policy of trial of delegitimization and annihilation of the non Muslim, Jewish state.

Out of all this reality came the new legislation changing the character of Israel, from multicultural universal country of all its citizens, to a Jewish state. Even if this rather declarative than practical legislation, has no real practical meaning, still this is an important issue, that no Israeli or Jew can be indifferent too.

From → History, Israel, Judaism, MENUE

One Comment
  1. brodix Says:
    July 28, 2018 at 8:39 pm |
    Patrice,
    This is somewhat off topic, but it’s a post Massimo deleted. While it’s not about religion, or politics and in fact the article referenced was economics versus humanities, I thought it might go into the basic paradigms on which our world has evolved;
    “A further observation on reductionism, intellectual, economic, political, etc. When our minds distill out useful patterns and concepts from all the information cascading onto our brain, we naturally, reductionistically, assume it is all about the end product, as that is what is saved and everything else is discarded. The signal from the noise, the statue from the stone. Yet when our bodies take in lots of food, obviously it is not about the end product, but the energy generated. Similarly what our minds are doing, on a very basic level, is networking all that information in ways that allow us to deal with and navigate it. Consider that it is when we think of it as all about the end product, is when we have serious “meaning of life” questions, obsessing over that nugget of “truth” we have supposedly extracted. Then we get into feedback issues, as that “truth” goes from being useful tools to navigate the larger reality, to a God that dictates the reality, from math to money. Then we end up pulled to the extremes, that can only reflect our beliefs, from safe spaces to hate groups, not help us actually navigate the reality as it is.
    Consider the assumption that space is fundamentally three dimensional. Isn’t this spatial dimensionality really based on the xyz coordinate system, which is really designed to map the area relative to its 0,0,0 point, at the center? What if you have different coordinate systems overlapping, with different frames, centered around different center points, maybe even different planes and vectors, say if these initial reference points are on a globe, not a flat plane. Such as different countries and areas of influence, say the US, Russia and China? It is becoming obvious that when this occurs, these tools have created feedback loops that make them dominate the landscape, not help us navigate it. Yes, we do need to distill information in order to function, as with the question of death, but that still has to be kept in perspective and not totally dominate our thinking.”
    The world is spiraling into a vortex and isn’t likely to stop, but I think a conversation about how the processes work is more interesting than trying to make sense of all the crazies who think they have the voice of god speaking into their ear.

    brodix Says:
    August 5, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    Patrice,
    It will be interesting to see how well the transition to patreon works for him.
    I’m afraid I’ve become inured to the blockheadedness/pigionholing/herd instinct of my fellow humans. My emotional commitment to the building hysteria can’t accept the total bs driving so much of it, so I’m just keeping my fingers out of the machinery and seeing where it leads.
    You are often a breath of fresh air, though your focus on particular improprieties does sometimes miss what I see as a larger dynamic, working itself out.
    For instance, my problem with the essential premise of monotheism is that a spiritual absolute would be the essence from which we rise, not an ideal from which we fell. More the soul of the newborn, than the wisdom of the old, but since religion is more about social order and passing it through the generations, it is based more on cultural structure than understanding sentience.
    Consequently the various monotheistic religions have dealt with the fallacy is different ways. Being the first formalized, surviving brand/version, Judaism is largely tribal, as the spirit of the community was likely the original source of the theistic premise in the first place, subsequently applied to various ideals and forms, then pantheized. Christianity is filtered through the Greeks and consequently instilled with a regenerative cyclical basis, as with the Trinity. Father, Son, Holy Ghost as expressions of the Greek Year Gods, i.e., past, present, future. Islam, as the most recent, tries to actually make monotheism work as it is conceived, that a singular, supreme deity and consequently suffers the consequences, with a rigid, patriarchal, culture based absolutism.
    So attacking them on their flaws is attacking the effects, not the source of these misconceptions.
    Of course, the fact that the spiritual absolute is the essence of sentience bubbling up through all of life does motivate the extremes of our behaviors, from the most egocentric, as each of us is the center of our view of the universe, to the most passionate and selfless, when we empathetically sense that sense of awareness bubbling up through all those around us. Trying to come to terms with it leads to endless feedback and growing complexity, as well try to deal with a situation where the past informs the present, as the present consumes the past and we are all trying to fit into a reality that is both moving at the speed of light and cycling though patterns that are galactic in scale.
    Meanwhile I’m going for my next cup of coffee. Cheers;-)

    brodix Says: August 6, 2018 at 12:26 am |
    Eugen, There is a fundamental dichotomy of organic social energies pushing out and networking, with civil and cultural forms developing, coalescing and giving structure to society. The interplay and feedback between them creates complex societies.
    When either side dominates, this complexity is either crushed, by too much structure and order, or washed away by anarchistic chaos. Though anarchy only goes so far, as human beings, not to mention their social structures, are highly evolved forms. Our minds gravitate to order.
    The problem seems to be that we don’t recognize the foundational nature of this, in our western search for ideal forms, Gods, political models, etc. This belief in a singular ideal enables the more extreme members of the group to keep insisting on an ever greater purity of belief. Idealism+ absolutism=extremism.
    As for how fundamental this dichotomy is, consider galaxies amount to a convection cycle of energy radiating out, as mass gravitates in. Consequently political extremists seek that black hole at the center, but most of the energy radiates away by the time it reaches that stage, though what’s left reaches terminal velocity.

    Dear Brodix, I collected your comments and will try to respond on it. I put your comments and my response as a comment in my blog, where i published the upgraded version of my comment to Patrice, published here.
    https://rodeneugen.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/3362/

    You wrote among others
    When our minds distill out useful patterns and concepts from all the information cascading onto our brain, we naturally, reductionistically, assume it is all about the end product, as that is what is saved and everything else is discarded.
    ….our minds……networking all that information in ways that allow us to deal with and navigate it.
    …..is really designed to map the area relative to its 0,0,0 point, at the center?
    The world is spiraling into a vortex and isn’t likely to stop,
    ….religion is more about social order and passing it through the generations, it is based more on cultural structure than understanding sentience.
    Islam, as the most recent, tries to actually make monotheism work as it is conceived, that a singular, supreme deity and consequently suffers the consequences, with a rigid, patriarchal, culture based absolutism.
    So attacking them on their flaws is attacking the effects, not the source of these misconceptions.
    …..us is the center of our view of the universe,
    …..endless feedback and growing complexity, as well try to deal with a situation where the past informs the present, as the present consumes the past and we are all trying to fit into a reality

    My response to Brodix

    I have for long time thoughts of harassment about the foundation and the most fundamental discovery of Judaism, the Monotheism. My harassment went even so far as to think, that Monotheism discovered or rather exposed to the world by the Jews was the major crime, the Jews committed to the humanity. It was the opening of pandora box, the act of being seduced to take bite in the fruit of wisdom, the most important step the humans took in their trial to achieve awareness, knowledge. The everyday life of ancient people, perceived as reality of many gods, had to be translated to a more simple version of reality, the One God. The Monotheism was the first experiment of human mind, to create simplicity out of complexity. And it was a Jewish invention.
    The everyday human life is full of complexities, and it is hard if not impossible to make sense of it. This is how the ancient Jews and a bit latter the Greeks three and half thousand years ago, encountered their concept of reality. Both these cultures tried to cope with the confusion out of many by unifying and simplifying. Pythagoras used mathematics as the tool to explain simply the complex phenomena, Abraham the Jew found the one God, and they both put it as the root and the central trunk of the reality.
    “שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל ה’ אֱלֹהֵינוּ ה’ אֶחָד”
    In my free translation “Listen Israel, Your Lord, one only God”. This is the first sentence of the most important pray, Jews mumble every day for at least 3000 years, and if you read them in original Hebrew, these six words still have in them mystical power for me. Monotheism become a blessing and the curse of humanity.
    But philosophically the idea of the unifying one, the absolute reductionism is the idea that helped us to try to make sense of the daily reality. Without this reductionism we couldn’t understand the complex reality, the fairy tales metaphorically tried to explain in ancient mythologies, be it Epic of Gilgamesh, Greek mythology, Bible, Quran, etc. The problem is not the ancient texts and their content, but the sacredness related to them. Sacred means out of human approach and touch. But here comes the basic problem, if sacred is untouchable, how can it be comprehended by human understanding, if not through interpretation? And when interpreted, who is the authority to interpret, from whose authority, and finally, are the intentions of interpreter pure?

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