With that as background, let me see if I can summarize the last 48 hours or so.
- As Manhigut Yehudit starts the revolution:
- More Kassams fall.
- Olmert demonstrates his "Turn the other cheek" approach as taught to him by Il Papa.
- Peretz has another moment of lucidity to end restraint.
- Peretz then practices kisuy tachat (ie, CYA), and asks Olmert to end restraint.
- Bibi slams Olmert for being too passive, forgetting all about Chevron and the Arafat handshake.
- Gideon Ezra says he was being "metaphoric" when he suggested doing nothing for 10 days.
- Olmert decides to be metaphoric (euphoric? ) and turn the next cheek.
- Abbas comes to Jerusalem for a cup o' Joe. Ever wonder when an Israeli PM will go to Ramallah? Ever care?
- Abbas gets new friend Ehud to give him $$$ to kill more Jews (I mean bolster his standing, right Condi?), removes checkpoints in Yesha to end "Palestinian humiliation" while our buddies in the US State department veto arms and technology sales to Israel. That's OK, right?
- And previous messianic candidate Effie Eitam admits he is no longer interested in leading but would rather "influence" Bibi behind the scenes (eyes roll, tongues cluck, heads shake) employing the same failed model used by other "smart" religious Jews who thought they could accomplish the same thing working for Bibi, Livnat, etc......
- And wither the previous secular messiah (AKA Avigdor Lieberman)? Beats me. Must be studying Iran. Now I feel much more secure.
Yup, just another banner day in the pursuit of peace by the Gdless and the pursuit of the next secular messiah by the Gdfull. Ah, only in Israel, right Mr. Kotter?
Who are the majority of Israelis?
By Yoel Meltzer
There is a widespread belief amongst the members of
However, what many of the signatories to this pamphlet, as well as many in the national religious camp in general, fail to understand is that this so-called majority is nothing but a fabrication of the ruling establishment. In other words, via the use of the media, the establishment has managed (already for many years) to implant the belief in the public that they represent the majority of Israelis. Thus, even when opposing the views of the ruling establishment, there is an accepted belief that 'we are the minority' and 'they are the majority'. Moreover, since it is accepted that they represent the majority, there is a constant attempt to be liked by the establishment. This way of thinking has unfortunately guided, and still guides, many of the good-intentioned members of the national religious camp. However, if it doesn't stop, the tragedy of last summer in Gush Katif will be nothing compared to the awaiting tragedy.
My question is, has anyone ever checked this notion of who are the majority of Israelis (a demographic question), or who represents them (a political question), rather than accepting it as a divinely-given fact?
On a political level, an analysis of
In fact, analyzing the election results this way for past 30+ years will show conclusively that no one party has ever came close to receiving a majority of all eligible votes. Even the biggest winner, when analyzed this way, only received roughly 30% of all eligible votes (this being the Alignment back in 1973).
Turning to the demographic picture, there is the accepted notion that the majority of the Jews in
An article of the
To summarize, a) the largest political parties in
The first leader or political party that learns how to tap into the 'real majority' will easily change the face of
(Ed: Sounds like a Manhigut Yehudit candidate to me)
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