Dear Arab Readers: Fourth of All

Originally part of Dear-Arab-Readers in my Knesset-blog (From May 28 to September 2, 2008).

WHO AM I? The-Art-of-Criticism (Please see ABOVE.)

COLLECTION of ‘interesting’ articles + NEW Information (NO change since OCTOBER 6, 2008)
🙂 The-Art-of-Criticism (Please see ABOVE. Besides, all my previous mails to Israeli Knesset and Palestine will also be found.)
🙂 Jewish Groups in FACEBOOK, which received my invitation (From Sep 8, 2008 to Present)
🙂 Palestinian/Arab Groups Elsewhere/Facebook, which received my invitation (From ?, 2008 to Present)
🙂 Professional Musicians Elsewhere/Facebook, which received my invitation (From ?, 2008 to Present)
🙂 Music Lovers Elsewhere/Facebook, who received my invitation (From Aug 4, 2008 to Present)

From MAY 28 to SEPTEMBER 2, 2008 (Revised on OCTOBER 8, 2008)
Dear One-Voiced Israel, (Regarding Gaza Truce, May 28 – Jun 19, 2008).: My mail to Knesset while writing this part.

(posted on JUNE 6, 2008 15:00)

Time to write. But who I am now writing to?

Dear Arab Readers: First of All: Incomprehensible collaboration between the Jewish left-Branja, Bibi’s secular right-wing guys and Religious groups in order to attack PM Olmert’s Corruption or Winograd-Report.
Dear Arab Readers: Second of All: PM Olmert as Jerusalem’s inferior ex-mayor
Dear Arab Readers: Third of All: PM Olmert’s luxurious life and gym work

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Schalit Is Still Alive… (Regarding Hizbullah/Schalit-Deal, From Jun 13, 2008 to Present): My mail to Knesset while writing this part.
Hello, Is Dorit Beinisch talking about ME? Public Slander? (Regarding Ruth Gavison, From Jun 23 to Jul 21, 2008).: My mail to Knesset while writing this part.
FOURTH OF ALL, (on JUNE 23, 2008 11:50)

One journalist mentioned bloc parties. Which means plural. Yet, his only example is Shas, which always votes as a disciplined bloc and is constantly for sale.

I always wanted to find a definition of the religious parties, which always seem to vote as a disciplined bloc. But I didn’t know that they were for sale. Thanks for the information. However… What’s the reason of this critic’s omitting other parties from the list? My problem with his English is that it is too intelligent to understand his writing while daily behaviors of bloc parties are always simple.

What’s more, I always had an impression that the three groups, Orthodox religious Sephardi (Shas), Orthodox religious Ashkenazi (UTJ), and the religious Zionists (NU-NRP), didn’t quite get along together. Also, it seemed that NU and NRP shared the same title only to survive in the Knesset. The power struggle among them frequently reminded me of the one among the Palestinian militant groups. They were united only when Bibi started his trick to topple the unity government. Then I was always curious. If Shas voters are for sale, who they will vote for when they lose interest in their leaders? Bibi’s Likud or other religious parties, such as UTJ or NU-NRP?

Meanwhile, I was searching for more information with the keywords, ‘Netanyahu and Mistress,’ and this was right above Netanyahu sentences. (And then, as I wrote in previous section, SECOND OF ALL, my research on articles with the keywords, ‘Shas and Institutions’ ended with the articles related to ‘Netanyahu and Sex.’ Brrr…)

Politics and Society in Modern Israel: Myths and Realities by Adam M. Garfinkle (1999) Ch. 5. Political Institutions and Issues: The Political Class and Challenges to the Mainstream:
Page 193 (…) There are other reasons why elite interest in politics lacks the stigma in Israel that it has lately acquired in the United States. First, while political clout does help make one wealthy in Israel as elsewhere, the financial incentive is relatively modest. The ethos of Israeli politicians drives them toward status and fame, not wealth… There have been political scandals having to do with money over the years… There have been various figures from the religious parties – especially Shas in recent years – taking money by dubious means, generally not for personal use but to benefit religious institutions (…)

Hence, I went further. Weirdly, I couldn’t find this article while searching for more with the keywords, ‘Shas and Institutions.’ Instead, I found more valuable stuffs. Then, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Nor could I blame Shas’ leader any more. Who is the leader, BTW, Josef or Yishai? I thought Eli Yishai is the leader and Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is his mentor as well as a spiritual leader of Shas community. Whatever…

🙂 Articles on ‘Shas and Institutions’ from 1996 to 2006

I feel no need to post my short messages on June 21. Sigh… (please check my Knesset-mail, Dear One-Voiced Israel, (Regarding Gaza Truce, From May 28 to Jun 19, 2008).) I had to type every each word in the Google-Books. (I am still worrying about the copyright, though.) Hadn’t this article, (see below), touched me so much like this, I would never have dared to read all of them, most of which still give me a huge headache;

Article No. 2: Shas Party’s growing power linked to schools for poor (June 4, 1999)

To my surprise, Bibi’s big mouth was not the first one in Israeli election history;

Article No. 6: Fundamentalisms and the State: Remaking Polities, Economies, and Militance (1996) Ch. 5. Jewish Fundamentalism and the Israeli Polity by Charles S. Liebman:
Page 81-87. In negotiations which preceded the formation of the 1988 government Shamir lied to virtually everyone, in some cases so blatantly and flagrantly that many party leaders, those of Audat Israel in particular, felt that since nothing Shamir said was believable, it was preferable to negotiate a deal with the Labor party… In the case of the Sephardie haredi party, Shas, developments in 1990 paralleled those following the 1988 elections. The religious leader of Shas favored the formation of a Labor-led government… But pressure from Shas constituents, who are both hawkish and xenophobic, led to the party’s refusal to support a Peres government. Shas itself was left badly scarred, and its own religious leader’s authority was severely undermined… The behavior of the NRP between March and June cast doubts on its radicalism… The NRP understood that a “narrow” right-wing government in which radical secular nationalist such as Ariel Sharon held key positions would isolate Israel in the international arena. Under such conditions Israel would be in no position to effect any kind of nationalist program of any duration. Such thinking indicates that the NRP has effectively eschewed messianic expectations. It was no longer considered sufficient for Israel to do what was religiously proper and to anticipate God’s help in the ensuing conflict. In the last analysis, however, although all the religious parties preferred a “unity” government, they were prepared to join Shamir regardless of whether he succeeded in forming a “narrow” government without Labor or was forced to renew the broad coalition with Labor. The price Agudat Israel extracted from Shamir was a bit more than what they had extracted from Peres… Finally, the Likud sent an abject letter of apology to Agudat Israel for its broken promises. In conclusion, events during the spring of 1990 placed the religious parties in a position of potential power which is unlikely ever again to be equaled. The religious parties responded like traditional conservative religious parties rather than radical fundamentalists. They were given the power to choose which of two major foreign policy alternatives would be followed. They sought to avoid making a choice. They had the power to determine which party was to rule the country, and they preferred to avoid even this decision. They translated their enormous power into more money for their educational, cultural, and welfare institutions, more positions in government for the party faithful, and incremental changes in legislation affecting the narrowest of religious interests – pornography, abortions, sale of pork products, and enforcing of laws against public transportation on the Sabbath. In the long run, the most important outcome of these developments may be the strengthening of popular demand for electoral reform as a secular backlash to the perception of religious party power. For example, the proposal for the direct election of the prime minister has become extremely popular. Its enactment would severely reduce the bargaining positions of the religious parties and, in turn, of the fundamentalists.

Hum… I could never understand why Chicago University Students wasted their whole life on never-practical issues. (Please look how poor… sigh.) I am still curious. How many Israelites, among the politicians and voters, actually read this book and learned something? I bet, literally NO ONE read it or ALL the readers are zero brain.


I was right, wasn’t I? (Please read the first part on my message on June 12. “When I decided to start my mailing to Knesset, there was one belief in my mind… My only problem was with the right-winged secular, aggressive opinions. What is their reason?”)

I just realized that the VERDICT was not the first time for the Shas community. Years ago, it was a political warning from Bibi’s rivals to harm Bibi, and now, it is also a political warning from Bibi to harm Bibi’s rivals. Poor Shas…

Whenever I think of all those dirtiest tricks, which YEHESKELL BEINISCH has used in order to fool me… Surely, I can add more fuel to this decade-long hostility between Beinisch’s Supreme Court and the Shas Party, but I don’t want to do this dirty job. I agree with Peres, and believe that this is a time for the Shas community and other religious groups to need a new type of leadership, such as John Major after Margaret Thatcher. I also know that it is very difficult for the religious leaders to prove it as long as Bibi’s frequent threats and the leaders’ aggressive rivals agitate the naïve public. After reading couple of articles, I couldn’t blame Shas’ leader Yishai. Then what about other leaders of other religious parties? All the parties are afraid of losing their voters. All the religious MKs are suffering from the same problem.

For me, it was a wrong start for the Supreme Court, and according to the writers, there were various reasons behind their harsh treatment. Whatever… There is a tradition in each country and Israeli case is never like old-fashioned way of life in other countries. No matter what… even as the third person, I can’t imagine Israel being recognized without Kippah, Hebrew language, and Bible. At the same time, modern law is important, and I was born in this kind of society. Still, no one believes that this system is perfect but it still exists to make a better society.

Had the Supreme Court launched a nationwide debate on this subject before trying to dominate its religious counterpart… Surely, some parts of religious tradition should be accepted, compromised, and legalized. Who do you think should decide these sensitive issues?

1. I’m not in a position to ‘order’ all the haredim youngsters to join the army. But I know very well, how secular youngsters feel against haredim on this issue. In this country, Korean youngsters want to butcher(!) their ‘classmate,’ who is exempt from military service for unknown reason. This issue has always been a hot potato. What if some of them ‘voluntarily’ prove their Jewish patriotism by joining IDF? I promise. Those pure Jewish youngsters will suddenly be loud in their praise.
2. The article says, ‘Meretz’s MK says that Shas’ schools enjoy state funding but do not permit Ministry of Education inspectors to supervise educational content. Shas claims its schools are provided proportionately less funding than secular and modern Orthodox state schools.’

🙂 Talkbacks: Secularism vs. Orthodox Judaism (Regarding Government Fund for Shas from Apr 22, 1998 to Jun 2, 2008).

Could you please think of this simple fact? Situation today is different from yesterday. Poverty is everywhere. Please think of the case of Rabbi Benizri, who supported Bibi and abandoned by Bibi. Please think of the public opinion, which is rapidly growing against Orthodox Judaism.

Basically, I wanted to collect all the articles in chronological order, but couldn’t. My collection ends with this one. (See below.) What will the coming election look like? In 1999, there were more than one million haredim, and they led an excellent election campaign using modern technology, ‘video.’ Nowadays, there are much cheaper, more effective methods. Then, what about Arab voters?

Article No. 9: Israel’s May 1999 Elections and the Prospects for Peace in the Middle East (Jun 8, 1999)
(…) According to Professor Asher Arian of Haifa University, in a comment before the elections, ‘The 1999 election is a fight for the voters in the middle, who don’t want war but don’t want too much peace, who don’t want religion but don’t want too much secularism’ (…)

Fifth of all, (sigh… there are one or two more sections before starting my real writing. Please… JM Friedmann doesn’t have to worry about being left. Friedmann: Cease-fire ‘a strategic mistake of the first order’)

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Dear Arab Readers: Fifth of All: Dorit Beinisch (president of Israeli Supreme Court), Daniel Friedmann (PM Olmert’s Justice Minister), Sex-Scandal, and Corruption. -> “Beinisch’s Secret Society can’t accept Olmert/Friedmann.”
Dear Arab Readers: Sixth of All: The Identity of Commenters in Jewish Newspaper.
Dear Arab Readers: Seventh of All: Poverty in Israel, Netanyahu-Legacy, and Supreme Court (Beinisch’s left Branja) PLUS ‘Sex, Lies, Videotape, & BIBIGATE
Dear Arab Readers: LAST of All: Barenboim and Beinisch’s Jerusalem Festival, and MY REAL MESSAGE, in defense of Jerusalem.

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