Category Archives: Policies

The Ultimate Objective: Redemption
Since the Nation of Israel was born, its ultimate aspiration has been the coming of Mashiach and the complete and final redemption. Unlike the very partial goals of modern Zionism (safe-haven, peace, international recognition, etc.) the goal of redemption is all-inclusive and redefines the motivation for the return of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel. It illuminates the life of the Nation with a new light, content and consciousness – for the individual and for the whole.

Our Sages have defined various stages in the process leading to redemption. These stages include establishing sovereignty, waging war against Israel’s mortal enemies, building the holy Temple on the Temple Mount and the ingathering of the exiles. The culmination of the redemption process is, of course, the Messianic era, when the world will be rectified and united in its service of G-d.

Will it Work?
Redemption is a Divine process that is already working! The redemptive process is well under way, as exemplified by the many positive and miraculous accomplishments of modern day Israel. We are pointing the way toward the next stage of this Divine process. When we realign our national goals with our ultimate, historic Jewish goals, we pave the way for determination and decisiveness in implementing our objectives.

Historic Opportunities
Clarity of purpose affords leaders with the tools that they need to identify historic opportunities as they develop and to capitalize on them to further the nation’s goals. (If the goals are unclear, it is impossible to recognize historic opportunities. This leads to near-sighted policies and misreading of historic geopolitical developments — as most aptly demonstrated by current Israeli policy).
Determination to identify and capitalize on historic opportunities creates a national leadership that is also responsible. Leading one’s nation through the redemptive process is daunting, and the leaders may be tempted to take premature initiative to advance the nation’s goals. However, the knowledge that historic opportunities can and will arise as part of the Divine plan gives the leaders the serenity and faith to lead the nation on a calculated yet courageous path.

These are the ultimate objectives of the Jewish state. Authentic Jewish leaders must always have these ultimate goals before them so that they can recognize historic opportunity when it arises. As the Sages (Rambam, Laws of Kings and Wars 12:2) reiterate, though, we do not know exactly how these stages will manifest in reality until they actually happen. What we can and must do in the interim is to create the fertile ground in which these ultimate objectives can flourish; a Jewish state whose shorter-term goals propel us toward our ultimate goals.

Political Food for Thought

By Moshe Feiglin
Cheshvan, 5769 (Nov. ’08)
If you have despaired of influencing your future and the future of your country through politics; if you dream of a strictly supernatural redemption, then this article is not for […]

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Arabs

 

 Full human rights for all Arabs who are not citizens of Israel
Citizenship for non-citizens to be granted as per the interests of the State of Israel
Monetary incentives to encourage emigration of Arabs of Judea and Samaria from Israel
Enforcement of laws […]

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Land of Israel

Love of the Land
A Jewish state must be absolutely faithful to the Land of Israel — the Land that was promised in its Biblical borders to the Fathers of the Nation by the Creator of the world — and includes […]

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Religion and State

More liberty for citizens
No religous or secular coercion
An hour of Jewish education in every Jewish school
District elections and empowerment of the Jewish community

Districts for a Democratic Israel
A true democracy cannot exist when the public’s representatives are not dependant on the […]

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Media

The people will choose whom to watch and to whom to listen
Any individual or group that wish to broadcast will pay for a frequency and broadcast as they see fit, within the parameters of the laws of slander and in […]

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Economy

  No financial aid from foreign countries
No privatization to core shareholders. Privatization only to the general public.
Jewish labor.
Encouragement of competition. Modification of the antitrust law in accordance.
The State should not produce goods and services that can be produced by the […]

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Justice

 Israel’s judges should be elected by the public’s elected representatives and should reflect the values of the nation. The election process must be conducted with complete transparency.
Legislation of the role and authority of the Attorney General.
The Attorney General will be […]

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Security

National pride, an army geared to win and faith in G-d.
 Enemies must be defeated.
National pride in all diplomatic interactions.
Israeli sovereignty on all land in Israel’s hands.
Non-Jews who do not accept Israeli sovereignty should be encouraged to emigrate from Israel.
The goals […]

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Identity

Who are we?
Jews?
Israelis?
Simply policy-holders in an insurance company called the State of Israel?
What narrative do we share? Do we have a shared founding ethos?
What does being a Jewish State mean?
Do we have a common identity?
Should we search for it and […]

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Education

No more violence and randomness. At least one hour of Jewish enrichment for every Jewish child in the educational system.
Restoration of honor and respectable pay to Israel’s teachers – after they have been properly trained.
Jewish education that will make children […]

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