A Completely New Paradigm
By Moshe Feiglin
We have already been to this movie – over and over again:
The Right wins the elections.
A few months later – its elected leader makes a severely leftist declaration.
Afterwards, his “close aides” explain that it was simply a tactical diversion.
Estrangement and harassment of the settlers and settlements ensue.
Followed by the renewal of the “peace process.”
Jews are murdered by Arab terrorists.
The “peace process” continues. “We can’t play into the hands of the extremists.”
The talks fail.
The other part of the movie – the reaction of the Right – also follows a set pattern:
The Yesha Council embarks on a public relations campaign.
Great slogans, gleaned from the prime minister’s past promises and warnings.
Possibly even road-blocking.
Attempts to cook up all sorts of political magic solutions – inside and outside the Likud.
We all know that the same old methods will not work.
Not because they are not the right way to work. They are the least we can do stop Israel’s collapse. But they don’t work because they do not address the source of the problem.
The problem is not the government and not the prime minister. They are just the symptoms. Protesting the symptoms has never gotten us anywhere and it never will.
When we blocked the highways, we deceived ourselves into believing that the train had simply fallen off the tracks. We believed that all we needed to do was to put it back on the tracks and all would be well. The same is true of our political campaigns. We deceived ourselves into believing that the problem was a given prime minister. All that we would need to do would be to replace him or his government and then the next rightist coalition would not dare threaten the settlements.
Time and again we held the most massive demonstrations and the most successful public relations campaigns. But instead of achieving our goals, we became Israel’s perpetual, irritating cry-babies. Israel continues to fall apart, irrelevant of its government and ministers and irrelevant of its election results. The collapse relentlessly marches on, like a raging tsunami.
It is not the individuals who are at fault here, but the frame of reference from which they work. The Israeli who bares his neck today to Achmadinijad’s nuclear sword does so because his frame of reference tells him that there is no alternative. Israel’s elite does not recognize the Jewish Nation or its right to self-definition. It maintains that justice is completely on the side of the Arabs. They are the permanent phenomenon here, while the Jews are simply temporary. That is why there is no chance that Israel will take out Iran’s nuclear reactor. And it certainly will not insist on keeping Judea and Samaria.
We can demonstrate, we can try to delay the end and we can try to use political pressure. But with our current national frame of reference, we are playing a zero sum game.
We must completely change our national frame of reference. That is where Manhigut Yehudit is focusing its energies. One of the tools that we will employ to change the existing paradigm is a new newspaper that will describe the Jewish State as it should be. When we say that to save Israel from the dangers threatening us we will put out a new newspaper, it sounds detached from reality. A newspaper can stop a country’s collapse?
Yes, it can. If we manage to create a new frame of reference throughout Israeli society, we will be able to make the change Israel so desperately needs. When Israelis understand that they are being offered a real alternative, they will choose it.
We are busily working on our new newspaper, to be called, “Tomorrow.” The newspaper, to be broadly distributed, will not attack anyone and will not deal with the present outrages. Instead, it will present the alternative on the basis of working papers, interesting ideas and excellent graphics.
The newspaper’s readers will begin to experience the new Jewish paradigm and will have a new frame of reference with which to analyze reality. They will realize that we can protect ourselves from destruction, live as a sovereign Jewish state in the Land of Israel and deal with all the accompanying challenges if we finally establish an authentic Jewish state. They will also learn that a Jewish state is not what they have been frightened into thinking it is, and that in most cases, it is just the opposite.
They will learn that a truly Jewish state will restore the liberty that was stolen from them before they were even born. They will learn that in a truly Jewish state their financial situation will be better, their security will be enhanced and their private and national lives will be filled with meaning.