The Israeli elections are only days away, and a new phenomenon is already becoming a national obsession. According to a recent article titled, “Israeli Parliament Set for Record Influx of Orthodox Lawmakers”, Orthodox Jews in greater numbers are “infiltrating” the larger parties in order to make a larger political impact upon the government of the State of Israel.
This fact was noted recently at a gathering for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party. While waiting for the prime minister to arrive, Orthodox Jews, swaying in personal prayers were in attendance and required the prime minister to “politely” wait at the entrance while the praying was completed. Such is the new politics of Israel, a change so phenomenal that it may forever change the politics of the Zionist State of Israel.
Also noted by political pundits, Orthodox Jews are leaving the smaller “niche parties” and joining the Likud Party and other mainstream parties. Even in minority numbers, the dominance of non-observant politicians or secular Jews that have been the mainstream of Jewish politics is now being challenged.
The Jewish opinion polls are now also capturing this sea of change, for the religious fervor of the Orthodox Jew is now becoming contagious to the non-observant Jewish politicians who are now willing to change the trends of Israeli politics towards a more hard-line stance on Palestinian conflict. What we are witnessing is the facts coming from the ground that religious politicians may capture a record 40 of the Knesset parliament’s 120 seats after the elections. This is compared to the 25 Knesset members that were presiding in the outgoing assembly that was voted into office in 2009. It was only 20 years ago that a score of lawmakers were religiously Orthodox.
It is obvious that the trend is not settling well with the status quo in Israeli politics. Truly numerous Israeli of the religious observant settler movement are rejoicing but this is not so with many of the secular majority who have controlled Israeli politics for decades for the new trend makers are determined to re-identify the New Israel of the future with sovereign borders that have troubled the state since 1967 and before. This trend will also give rise to a deeper conflict in part with the substantial Arab Muslim minority who are also represented by their own parties.
The trend also appears will take a wider berth in Israeli politics which will shift the international opinions of Israel away from the secular democratic Israeli left towards the observant Israeli right. This suggests that the centrists will be hard to identity for all parties are now in a flux trying to attract the Israeli public towards the centrists. So we ask what do the “New Centrists” believe and will the political center of the “New Jewish politics” bring a fundamental shift in Jewish politics that is centered on; Jewish halakhah or Jewish Law, the Land of Israel belongs to the G-d of Israel and is Holy Land, the purpose of Israel is to be the “priests” to the rest of the world, and the land of Israel must remain under the control of the Jewish people for they have a “deed” to the land for it to be populated by a restored Klal Yisra’el (All Israel); the House of Judah and the returning Lost 10 Tribes of the House of Israel.
As such the American Grecian Hellenistic dream of a Democratic Israel where “religion and state” do not mix may become a model that will fade into history. If so, then the State of Israel is embarking on a new journey where future politics is “Law and Order” and “Peace and Justice” will be centered on the politics of the prophets of Israel and the halakhah of Torah Law.
The new political disputes of the future that are being discussed openly by the political pundits of Israel of today will include such issues as the “Jewishness” of the future state of Israel, and the conversion status of the new immigrants that will arrive; the Jews of the diaspora, and soon the vast immigration of the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel. The whole concept of who will be looked upon as Jewish or the Jewishness of the future State of Israel may become the shifting center of the future politics of Israel.
The secular minded leftist in the Labor Party will meet an upsurge in political dissent that will come from hardcore members of the Likud and even more so the more observant members of the new Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home Party) that are intent on changing the secular-minded Supreme Court of Israel seeking to keep the central laws of Israel in line with the internationalist and the World Court at Brussels, who in turn have turned away from Torah Law, Written and Oral, that has been since September 17, 1787, the foundation of the Constitution of the United States.
As Batia Siebzehner, the Israeli sociologist of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was cited recently as she witness the new politics of the Israeli Orthodox urging the embrace of Jewish religious or Torah Law:
Batia Siebzehner – “In the long run I see a weakening of the foundations of the state's democracy.”
Understandably this “horrifies” the secular Israeli, who now feel that they will be compared on the global scene with the democratic Islamic Republic of Iran and other Arab states that are becoming Islamic fundamentalists in outlook. There concern of the Israeli left is that the new observant MKs in the Israeli Knesset will seek to restrict civil liberties of such leftist passions for “gay rights” and makes today Tel Aviv one of the recognized “gay friendly” cities of the world.
The new observant MKs, it appears will also seek to improve governmental monitoring of foreign funding for such human rights organizations sponsoring NGOs that are in full dissent and seek to legally ham-string of the State of Israel from populating the regions of Shomron and Judea and returning these regions, called the biblical heartland of the Patriarch Abraham, Isaac and Jacob back under the rule of the Jewish peoples.
Fundamental to all dissent in Israel is settled upon the foundation of a future Jewish Theocratic State, whose legal laws are central to Torah laws of the Jewish past. As David Stav, recognized as a moderate Orthodox rabbi and director of the Modern Orthodox rabbinic organization, TZohar who recently announced his running for the chief rabbi of Israel along with Rabbis David Lau of Modiin, Yaakov Shapira and Eliezer Igra stated recently that such fears of a New Jewish Theocracy were overblown:
David Stav – “This is not going to be a theocracy, as most religious politicians are "committed to a Jewish and democratic state and don't want to see themselves as coercive to others.”
As the Time of Israel wrote in the article, titled, “Tzohar launches campaign to initiate change in Chief Rabbiniate”:
The Times of Israel – “Among the items that Tzohar is calling for will be to elect new rabbinical court judges who would be more open to the needs of the general public, not just the religiously observant sectors; and new guidelines for managing the marriage, divorce and conversion processes in Israel – three areas that have been particularly notorious in alienating the secular community.”
Yet, these issues that appear to be so prominent in preserving a “Democratic Western World Oriented State of Israel” may be a thing of the past for the G-d of Israel appears to be bringing a fundamental shift not only in Israeli democratic cultural life, that will includes what the prophets called “a new heart” but also a fundamental elevation of spiritual consciousness that will permanently change Jewish life in Israel and the lives of the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel predominately in America and Northern Europe plus their colonies scattered around the world. As Destination Yisra’el recently wrote in the article titled, “The Israeli Settler’s Revolution: Is Israel moving “Right” towards a Theocratic State of Peace and Justice?” we read:
Destination Yisra’el – “What if the Jewish people in Israel were to take seriously the testimony of the Hebrew prophets, like the Prophet Zechariah?
Zechariah 7:8-10 – “And the word of the Lord came again to Zechariah: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice, show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.’”
What if the Jewish Settler’s movement in Israel were to cleanse the land of Israel and make this land into a Holy Land beholden only to the G-d of Israel? What if the people of Israel in one election, sweep away the bastion of power of the Freemasons that have controlled Israeli politics since its inception in 1948, barring one small political era and whose only argument is who controls Jerusalem; the Jewish Masons or the Jesuit controlled Vatican P2 Lodge Masons?
What if the mantle for the radical shift in the whole Middle Eastern world were to shift into moving the geo-politics of the Middle East into the “Peace and Justice” model of the Jewish Messiah David, son of David (Maschiah ben Dovid)? What if the Jewish Messiah does take control of the world and rule it with a “rod of iron” that will impose peace upon all nations? What if the Jewish State of Israel will be eventually transformed into a Greater Israel that would transform the whole world into an era of peace that would bring Torah enlightenment for all men to live and to study?
Zechariah 8:16-17 – “These are the things you shall do; Speak each man the truth to his neighbor; give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace; ‘Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; and do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,’ says the Lord.”
Is this not the Plan of the G-d of Israel that all men would worship at Mount Zion and yearly come to worship in the Temple of G-d as a temple of peace for all mankind?
The “Latter Rain”; the Revealing of the Direct Influence of the G-d of Israel in Jewish Politics
The recent torrential storms of rain, snow and ice in Israel in early January 2013 should give us a pause, for they may be a portrayal that the G-d of Israel is giving a “Sign” that He is returning to becoming fully involved in the final Guela or the redemption of All Israel. So are we now witnessing the “Latter Rain” that has been promised to be sent upon all Israel during the end times, as reported in the Artzeinu, the “The Weekly Israel News Update” in its January 12, 2013 update that reported the rain being the “worse in 20 years”. If so, within weeks, the Sea of Galilee may be ‘topping off” and the dam will be opened so like the days of old, will send waters cascading down the Jordan River. Will this be the “Latter Rain” prophesied in Zechariah?
What about the rabbinic prophecy attributed to the famed 1st century Rabbi in Judea, Rebbe Yochanan ben Zaccai of Yavnah, who prophesied in the Sanhedrin 97b, that 2013 may be the year when “there will be plenty and people will eat, drink, and be joyous, and the Torah will return to those who learned it.”? Then we recently learned how “Rabbi Judah ben Samuel’s Jubilee Prophecy gives the Year of the Messiah” as the end of the Jubilee Year that started in 1967, when Israel took complete possession of the city of Jerusalem to 2017; signifying the beginning of the Messianic Kingdom of the Jewish Messiah, David son of David.
Rabbi Judah heHasid – “In the ninth jubilee Jerusalem will once again come back into the possession of the Jewish nation – which will signify the beginning of the Messianic end time.”
From all appearance this era is the time of the end, the life as we know it to be will soon be over and the era of the messiah will now come. So this election could be the last election of a Jewish Democratic State. As recently written in Destination Yisrael, in the article titled, “Are We Preparing to Witness a New Garden of Eden as “The Latter Rain” and Snow Cascades down upon the Land of Israel”:
Destination Yisra’el – “It appears that to justify even the existence of the State of Israel, eventually the citizens of Israel will have to proclaim that the political center of Israeli politics should eventually become the Torah mandates and covenant given to their forefathers by the G-d of Israel. For the rest of the world this would be a “radical shift” in even world politics and an anathema against the fact that the Middle East oil governs the politics of the world.
The entire jockeying for power gives visible recognition that the Israeli political left is crumbling as Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua Movement may no longer be a political party. Even Livni’s Kadima Party associates, the current Knesset’s largest faction is barely is passing the litmus test for the minimum vote threshold to remain as a political party, so they may fade off into Israel’s political past.
Livni’s political legacy appears will carry the Sharon’s mantle for the destruction of the Jewish Orthodox presence in the Gaza region for she was a strong supporter of the unilateral Disengagement Plan in 2005. This singular act brought Hamas to power in Gaza. Livni also negotiated on the division of Jerusalem and gave no credence to the true patriots and pioneers in Israel; the settlers in Shomron and Judea. As such, “measure for measure” the G-d of Israel withdrew His protecting hand of mercy and precipitated thousands of rockets to eventually fall on Israeli cities
The once invincible domination of the Likud Party alliances under Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, the most recent called the Likud-Beytenu began to crack not by the power and potency of the political left but by the strong religious Jewish nationalist’s supporting the Jewish political party called the Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi), that was showing vibrant new leadership under the direction of Naftali Bennet.
Netanyahu’s wavering refusal to officially accept the “Levy Report” and protect the Jewish new hometowns in Shomron and Judea has cost Netanyahu his political reputation. The question does he have the mandate to be the spiritual leader like King David for the Israeli pioneering settlers in Israel also. Touted in some corners as being possibly the long awaited “Maschiah ben Yosef” to carry Israel through in time of war, that day may soon be coming in 2016.
Outside of the ultra-liberal Meretz Party, the Israeli left have only the fading Israel Labor Party headed by the former journalist, Shelly Yachimovich, who is now being attacked not by Israel’s political right but by her own labor party members. Carrying forth the social justice mandates of the Labor leftists, Yachimovich’s social justice agenda have superseded the traditions about Israeli conflict-related issues like Israeli security and the “Two-State” issues that have kept Israel in the international news for decades.”
So today, the political election news is sporting left-wing political parties siding up with religious candidates. We also see Netanyahu photographed with skullcap-wearing voters. Recently it was reported that a rabbi became a party member of the ex-television star Yair Lapid party posing as Israel’s centrist party. Even the former foreign minister, Tzipi Livni has tapped a skull-capped ex-general to be a part of her left-wing party.
Today, the party lines are blurring, as orthodox politician who once represented smaller more single-issued parties are now being integrated into the larger political parties. By doing this, the orthodox leaders can obtain more political clout, even though Orthodox Israeli Jews are still a minority.
According to a recent survey (2012) by the Jerusalem-based Israel Democracy Institute, 22 percent of the Israeli Jews are observant today. These figures included the observant Orthodox, ultra-Orthodox, and the moderate Orthodox. Even though 78 percent of the population of Israel is still non-observant, the political influence of the observant Jew is dramatically higher and truthfully so, for that was the purpose of the State of Israel to become a safe homeland for the Jewish people so that “Never Again” would another Jewish targeted holocaust occur.
To see how the political winds have shifted, just look at the year of 1948, when the Declaration of Independence was declared for the State of Israel. At that time the self-declared national mission of Israel was centered around the once-powerful kibbutzniks, who lived in collective farms and became identified with Israel’s early settlement of the land.
A large percentage of these kibbutzniks were secular Israelis who did not identify with G-d given mandate to “possess the land.” The kibbutzniks have for almost 70 years dominated the Israeli military and the political leadership of the land. Today, in Israel’s election, the kibbutz movement will probably not win any seats in the next Israeli Knesset.
Today, the political warriors for the G-d of Israel and the preservation of the Land of Israel are the Zionist observant Jews, who have firmly take the mantle as the “chosen-ones” by the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is they who will determine the next agenda and the national discourse of the future of Israel.
Today the city of Hebron, known as the City of the Patriarch where the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jews and the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel is located has now become the political fire-storm of Israeli-Palestinian politics. Nestled in the heartland of the Judean Mountains of Judea, the homeland of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, over 3,000 feet above sea level is where 250,000 Palestinian and 800 Jewish settlers are intermingled around Hebron’s Old Quarters. Today, the city of Hebron is responsible for 33% of the gross national product of the Palestinian West Bank.
In January 13, 1997, the city of Hebron became where the current Prime Minister of Israel, Benyamin Netanyahu met his first political “Waterloo” during his first term as prime minister of Israel. Within days of forming a new government of Israel, he signed an agreement with Yasser Arafat in which Israel agreed to turn over 80 percent of Hebron and roll back its presence in other parts of the West Bank in three stages by August, 1998. Netanyahu lost his next re-election bid.
Today, the settlers in Hebron still feel betrayed by Netanyahu, who also in his second term embraced the “two-state solution” and froze all settlement activity for 10 months, but after the freeze the Palestinian government of Abbas failed to become a negotiation partner for “peace”. So, again, even though Netanyahu is continuing today to promote expansion in East Jerusalem and in the two Jewish towns in Shomron and Judea, the political wind and trends show a hardening and a firming of support to the Jewish people; the nations of the world will not give them either a homeland nor peace, even if they give up more land.
Soon, the message will be loud and clear, if they want the G-d of Israel to side with their cause, then their political shepherds must “feed their sheep”, if not, then the G-d of Israel will have to shift the geo-politics of the world to bring all the nations of the world to the door-step of Israel and settle his dispute with them, for not protecting Israel and give them their judgments and due rewards.
The G-d of Israel is working with imperfect people in order to restore this planet to a messianic era in which our lives can be focused on holiness, righteousness and justice. If so, you might desire to reconnect with the Biblical portrayals of what is and will be happening in your near future.
This Biblical portrayal includes Prophecies that the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel are about to return to the Land of their Biblical Inheritance. This is Divine Destiny in living reality as the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel return to their Homelands first in Shomron (Samaria), Israel.
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