Israel must adopt loyalty as its national code:
Loyalty to family, the Nation of Israel, the Land of Israel, Israel’s POWs, allies and Jewish identity.
Empowerment of family values in education, public relations and economy.
Stimulation of community responsibility for welfare.
District elections to de-centralize government authority and give it to the community’s elected representatives.
The Jewish family, traditionally the basis of our nation, is on the defensive against all those powers that would like to see it disintegrate.
The post modernism that negates depth and meaning desires to fracture our society, blend everyone into one large culture and to return the world to a state of chaos. Post modernism has no G-d, no nation, no land, no religion, no reward and punishment and, of course, no family. There is only the individual and his narrative. According to the post modern approach, there is no need to be loyal to anything — not to one’s state and nation, and not to one’s family and spouse.
A person who grows up in a healthy family matures in a world of values in sharp contrast to all the negativity above. He learns to honor his parents and to accept their authority. He learns loyalty and personal responsibility toward his siblings. He learns mutual consideration. The family unit creates a dependable person who respects others. Our entire society — the way in which an employer relates to his employee, the way a clerk interacts with the person standing in line, the way that a commander treats his soldiers — are a reflection of the status of the family in our nation.
Israeli society still honors the family, making it difficult for the postmodern forces to attack it directly. Instead, the attack is carried out deceitfully. Instead of saying that we no longer need families, our lexicon now includes single parent families or same gender marriage. These newly introduced concepts are not contrived for the good of those parents raising their children without the support of a spouse (who should be benefiting from aid when needed). Instead, they revise the way we think of the traditional family — compromising its pre-eminence and relegating it to “just another option” status.
The State of Israel has adopted these negative values and they have filtered all the way down to taxation policy. A married couple in Israel pays thousands of shekels more yearly in income tax than an unmarried couple with the same income. Thousands of couples opt not to marry for economic reasons. Other couples divorce and continue to live together so that they can save hundreds of shekels of income tax per month. To get Israel back on the track of traditional family values, Moshe Feiglin proposes to eliminate the tax penalty on marriage and to reward a mother who chooses to stay at home and raise her children with tax points now awarded only to working mothers.