Ha'aretz, the veteran, extreme Left Israeli newspaper can be used as a textbook. I saw this headline today:
Government asks court to reconsider its pledge to demolish structures in the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El.And here's the opening of the article:
Israel's High Court justices sharply criticized the government on Sunday for not fulfilling its legal commitment to demolish a West Bank settlement.We have here a strange and totally inaccurate equation between:
During a hearing regarding the state's request to reconsider the demolition of illegally-built structures in the Ulpana neighborhood, which is part of the West Bank settlement of Beit El, Justice Uzi Fogelman said that "when the state claims it will do something, we do not imagine that it will not be done. There is respect between the branches."
The state asked the court last Friday to reconsider its ruling to evacuate and tear down five structures in Ulpana, which had been built on private Palestinian land. The state cited the difficult ramifications the move is likely to have for Beit El residents.
And Justice Uzi Fogelman who is quoted here demands that the government "respect" the court, but the court isn't respecting the government nor the actual laws. The court is interpreting laws differently for Jews and Arabs, respecting Arab rights and word while questioning Jewish rights civil and religious.
Unfortunately, within Beit El itself, shades of pre-Disengagement, Rav Aviner has announced that the residents of the neighborhood shouldn't protest. This is very disturbing. We should never accept injustice, no matter who is the perpetrator.
Not every "rabbinic opinion" must be followed. In Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers, we're instructed to choose ourselves a rabbi/teacher.
Chapter 1:6. Joshua ben Perachyah and Nittai the Arbelite received the Torah from them. Joshua ben Perachyah said: Provide for yourself a teacher and get yourself a friend; and judge every man towards merit.I always have a problem with "rabbinic announcements" which presume that I've asked that rabbi a question. If/when one chooses a rabbi to whom a question will be asked, one is obligated to take the answer seriously. But we're inundated with unrequested and unwanted pronouncements and instructions from a vast variety of rabbis and pseudo-experts, and we should just ignore them.
Unfortunately, Israeli Supreme Court Judges base too many decisions on their opinions and ideology, not on Law, neither Israeli nor Jewish. And too many rabbis also make decisions and announcements based on fears and foreign ideologies, not on the Torah. We're all human and make mistakes. The final Judgement is G-d's.
And going back to my original question:
What's A "West Bank outpost?"
In all honesty, I think it's the fulfilment of the mitzvah, G-d given commandment to settle and populate the Land. All cities, towns, villages no matter how large or small in the Land of Israel, including Tel Aviv, Tel Zion, Shiloh, Netivot, Rechallim and Chavat Gilad fulfilling that mtizvah. They're all connected. Weaken or delegitimize one and the chain of legitimacy breaks for all.
We, the Jewish People must unify, and only then will we be redeemed and live in true Peace!