Monday, October 10, 2005


Maybe there's hope for some unity. Though according to the shiur, Torah class, I heard last night from my neighbor, Rabbi Dov Berkovits, there are Chazal, Torah sages, who say that true unity of the Jewish People will only take place after the Moshiach, Messiah. That's then a great philosophic question, like what came first, the chicken or the egg.

But the unity I was referring to was a political union between the Mafdal, National Religious Party and the Ichud Leumi, the National Union, which is itself a union of political parties. There has been a great yearning among the patriotic public, which includes many religious Israelis, for the NRP to join with the NU, which has many like-minded religious supporters and leaders.

Especially now that the Likud has proven itself so corrupt and ideologically "unreliable," it's of the utmost importance for there to be a party that a large portion of the public can support without great compromise.

Unfortunately, at the same time some of the NRP feels close to the NU, there are those hoping to join the government coalition. Traditionally the NRP had always been a member of the government, regardless of which party was in power. Ideology always played second fiddle to getting money for their institutions.

But today, Israel is still suffering the damage and pain of Disengagement. Thousands of good people are homeless, and the situation is only getting worse. The hotels are complaining that they haven't gotten payments, and they want paying guests. The evacuees, refugees, victims--choose your name or names--are still unemployed and rudderless.

G-d willing.


Esther said...

It must be pretty tough now to decide what to do politically. I would feel so betrayed by Sharon... running on one platform and then doing the polar opposite. How do you trust anyone?

Batya said...

It's hard. I do know Arye Eldad personally, and my son studied with his, and we knew his parents well, and I know people he saved when he was a full-time doctor.

NG said...

I woudn't vote for Mafdal in any incarnation. At this point, I'd probably be more likely to vote Likud.