Saturday, July 4, 2015

Israeli President Says State of Israel Divided into Four Groups (Haaretz)

The Israeli President, Reuvin Rivlin, recently made a speech in which he describes the State of Israel as being divided into four different camps. This gives us a glimpse into just how complicated Israeli society actually is.
But this week, speaking at the 2015 Herzliya Conference — a prestigious gathering that has become a centerpiece of Israel’s political calendar — Rivlin may have made his boldest move yet: He told the uncomfortable truth about the country of which he is president. He told its people that the country many of them think they live in does not exist.

Israel, Rivlin said, is fast becoming a tribal state composed of four groups — secular Jews, religious Zionist Jews (also called national religious), ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Jews and Arabs, all of them fearful, hostile to one another and even to members of their own group. “Today, the first grade classes are composed of about 38 percent secular Jews, about 15 percent national religious, about one quarter Arabs, and close to a quarter Haredim,” Rivlin noted. He said the demographic processes that these numbers represent have “created a ‘new Israeli order’ ... in which there is no longer a clear majority, nor clear minority groups” and consisting of “four principal ‘tribes,’ essentially different from each other, and growing closer in size. Whether we like it or not, the make-up of the ‘stakeholders’ of Israeli society, and of the State of Israel, is changing before our eyes.” (Asher Schechter, Reuven Rivlin has proven that he is president of the real Israel, Haaretz, June 9, 2015.)
To read President Rivlin's speech in full see President Reuven Rivlin Address to the 15th Annual Herzliya Conference.

So it would seem that the Israeli President describes Israeli society as being divided into four groups namely:
  • Secular Jews
  • National Religious Jews
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews
  • Arab citizens
What a difference this is from how the COGs portray Israeli society. Has anyone writing for the COGs bothered to note these divisions and the complexity of Israeli society in such a way?

Israeli society is very complicated. And the COGs completely fail to see this when they dehumanize Israeli Jews by simplistically trying to fabricate yet more false prophecies out of the sufferings of Israeli Jews in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict while ignoring the sufferings of the Palestinians as unworthy of mention.

This categorization of Israeli society echoes how Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky described religious Israeli Jews in their book Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel (1999, 2004). They also made a distinction between ultra-Orthodox Jews and National Religious Jews. The latter were often called the Gush Emunim (Bloc of the Faithful) in Shahak and Mezvinsky's book.

1 comment:

  1. The interesting aspect to this is that Israelite society was fragmented into three or four such groups when Jerusalem fell in 70 A.D! This, according to Josephus. Lack of unity or cohesiveness and bitter internal infighting was largely responsible for their downfall. The Romans considered Jerusalem to be one of four showcase cities to their empire, and did not wish to destroy it. The Israelites left them no choice.

    I would not wish this, but wouldn't it be amazing if after all of the emphasis on end times prophecy, Israel ended up simply imploding, once again leaving the lands to the surrounding Arab nations. When we consider what has happened to Iraq, that is not too far fetched an idea!