Israelis have never been very realistic, pragmatic from before there was an Israel. I'm referring to the modern Zionist Movement, which was controlled by the Leftist Labor Zionists. On one hand there was something extraordinarily fantastic about it. They believed that there could be a Jewish State. That was totally revolutionary. There hadn't been one for thousands of years, but somehow thousands of Jews, who on the whole were rejecting the practice of Judaism, were substituting the worship of the historic Jewish Land and wanted to make it a modern socialist state.
Those Labor Zionists did the most amazing things. They left their old professions, studied agriculture and went off to some of the most barren or infested places in the Middle-East and started small farming communities. The more extreme Left-socialist among them invented a life-style they called the "kibbutz."
The little they had was shared, including children, who were raised efficiently in "children's homes," so that women could also work for the kibbutz, rather than waste their time and energies on their own private families. After the State of Israel was established, kibbutz-worship continued, and the government gave them special rights and discounts. This social experiment worked for a few decades, but today, the number of kibbutzim have dwindled to less than a handful, and the surviving ones don't follow the entire communal, socialist principles of the past. It's just not human nature for such a social experiment to succeed, like Fred's joke tells us:
Yet they keep trying....."what fools these mortals be"
Abraham Lincoln said the same as Dr. Rodgers when he proclaimed "You cannot make the weak strong by making the strong weak!"
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire class.
That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A."
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.
The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.
As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.
The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.
The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
Could not be any simpler than that. This profound short little paragraph says it all:
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
~~~~ Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931
Israeli Television has produced a satire called "Eretz Nehederet," "Wonderful Land," which mocks the Israeli Right and religious, with extra venom against Jews in the yishuvim, like my hometown Shiloh. Apparently they thought that this was funny.
It would be wonderful if all Israeli (and Jewish) children would be raised understanding these basic truths. No joke.
Unfortunately, the dominant Leftist establishment hasn't changed in terms of their relationship to reality. They have substituted "peace," at all cost for "socialism." They put the blame on us for the "lack of peace." For some very perverse and peculiar reason they blame us for the Arabs' antipathy, as they see it. The descendants of the brave pioneers who were willing to defend those very same kibbutzim at all costs are sorry we won.
If you delve into the writings of the Israeli socialist Zionist Left you'll see that they always believed that we could live peacefully with the Arabs. A few years ago I watched the classic movie Exodus and was horrified to see that message as an underlying theme.
The Zionist Left, now called Appease aka Peace sic Now, has been working systematically from its earliest days to fully dominate, control the Jewish State, the State of Israel. That's why there was always discrimination against the Zionist Revisionists, followers of Jabotinsky, here, and when during the British Mandate they controlled who could get entry permits, they rejected those who didn't follow their party line.
Today the Left controls the universities, the media and the government bureaucracy. We have a lot of work to do. Thank G-d in today's world there is the internet for publicizing other opinions. That's why I blog.
And now some thanks to my friends, though I've never met them in person. Please consider this a thanks to all of those who read and comment on my blogs, facebook and encourage me by saying:
"If I was a writer, I'd want to write exactly what you had just posted."