Assessment: Pull up a chair and get ready for a clash between leftist western governments and the new religious right Israeli government, the likes of which we have never see before …
Liberal Jews in both the Diaspora and Israel have been hyperventilating over the “extremist” ministers in the incoming government headed by Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu.
These are the rabble-rouser Itamar Ben-Gvir, the theocrat Bezalel Smotrich and the ultra-socially conservative Avi Maoz.
“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.” Joshua 1:3
With Netanyahu insisting that he will keep these three on a short leash, the rational position is to judge this government on what it actually does rather than wildly denouncing these men on the basis of their previous behavior.
But are liberal Jews capable of anything other than hysteria when it comes to people they have damned as beyond the pale of humanity itself? Are they able to judge these individuals in accordance with demonstrable evidence?
Take, for example, Smotrich. He opposes a Palestinian state, maintains that only Israel is entitled to settle in the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria and claims that the Palestinian Arab agenda is to drive the Jews from the land. He has accordingly been accused of supporting an illegal land grab and anathematized as a Nazi.
Yet now information has surfaced that shows Smotrich is all too correct about the Arab strategy in the disputed territories—and that this strategy is being promoted by the very sort of people who denounce him as an extremist.