Excellent piece, thanks Ariel.
“Without Bagatz and without B’Tselem” were Rabin’s oft-repeated words during the heady days of Oslo 1993. They actually believed that Arafat himself was liberal, secular, progressive and modern – just like them – because, after all, he uttered lovely words of peace and even smiled at them.
Liberalism freed western man from the constraints of family and marriage. Fewer and fewer men and women maintain traditional marriages in the West, resulting in a drastic reduction in the birth rate and leading the way, within several generations, to the relegation of Europe’s nations to the status of museum exhibits – but why should that interest a liberal whose main worry is where and in whose company he is going to enjoy himself this very evening?
The failure of liberalism
Dr. Mordechai Kedar, 04/08/17 07:40
The liberal mindset has taken over the thought processes of large sectors of Israeli society, just as it has taken over the thought processes of Western society as a whole. And it leads to disaster.
It is an undeniable fact that the Israeli government caved in to the religious tenacity of the Muslim side in the Temple Mount dispute. It took less than two weeks of violence to force Israel to admit to the error made by its Cabinet and all the experts with whom it consulted about probable Islamic reactions to placing security apparatus at the entrance to the Temple Mount and the gates of the Old City. There is no question that Israel’s backtracking was humiliating and that it granted a significant victory to Israel-haters.
Desperate to end the violence, Israeli public relations sources publicized a document showing similar security measures in Mecca and Medina, where not a single Muslim complains or protests at the Saudi checkpoints. They seem to have hoped that the Muslims here would agree to have Jews inspect them the way pilgrims on the Haaj to Mecca allow the Saudis to inspect them. The government and its public relations people’s basic error lay in thinking that a magnetometer in Jerusalem is the same as one in Mecca, ignoring two fundamental differences.
1. The Saudis are Muslim and the Israelis are Jews, “sons of apes and pigs” according to the Quran, “murderers of prophets” and the “objects of Alllah’s wrath,” while their religion is a false creed – meaning that there is no way they can be allowed to inspect Muslims, whose religion is the only true one.
2. The Islamic world recognizes the Saudi Monarchy’s hegemony over Mecca and Medina, but there is not even a shred of acceptance of Jewish hegemony over the Temple Mount.
The government’s failure stems from something more insidious than simple misjudgement, its source is the liberal mindset that has taken over the thought processes of large sectors of Israeli society – rightist and leftist – just as it has taken over the thought processes of Western society as a whole.
A liberal is incapable, and possibly unwilling, to understand that there are people on the globe whose world of ideas differs from his.
This inherently secular liberal mindset claims that religion has no part to play in the modern world, and that if it does seem to be playing a part, we – that is, the liberal and secular West – must push it to the sidelines, along with its representatives and institutions, laws and customs, and its role in any aspects of life in the Middle East. Liberal circles refuse to recognize the role of religion in our region; the violence is explained by tangible factors such as persecution, occupation, poverty and unemployment
But Tzipi Livni is in good company, because I estimate that most self-defined liberal or secular Israelis suffer from the identical problem – an intellectual and psychological inability to enter the mind of a true man of faith, someone whose life – and in the case of Islam, also his death – is geared to doing what he believes is expected of him by He who sits on high.
Shimon Peres, Yossi Beilin, Alon Liel and many other liberals believed that the Oslo Accords would trump Muslim hatred of the Jewish State, and that Arafat, whom they considered “secular,” would deal with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, two Islamist religious terror organizations, without the interference of the courts and human rights NGOs. “Without Bagatz and without B’Tselem” were Rabin’s oft-repeated words during the heady days of Oslo 1993. They actually believed that Arafat himself was liberal, secular, progressive and modern – just like them – because, after all, he uttered lovely words of peace and even smiled at them.
This liberal disability is not limited to Israelis, it is to be found all over Europe and the United States. A good many Western states simply refuse to believe that Muslims – some of them, at least – immigrate to the West in order to Islamize it, no matter if it takes tens or hundreds of years to do so. This unpleasant truth about Islamic migration appears in a good many books, pamphlets, articles, sermons, interviews and is openly written on signs at demonstrations, so that the Western liberal does not have to expend much effort in searching for proof. But why confuse his liberal theories with unpleasant facts that do not mesh with them?