"You are the children of Hashem, your G-d," the Creator tells His children, tying His tortured nation to Him with an unbreakable bond that does not allow the Jewish people to disappear from the world stage. The nations of the world look at the children of G-d, who bear testimony to the ethical essence of humanity, with a mixture of anticipation and hatred --marveling at the riddle of the Jewish Nation.
Over three hundred years ago, Louis the Fourteenth asked the famous French philosopher Blaise Pascal if he had proof of the existence of the supernatural. Pascal answered, "Surely it is the Jews, your majesty, the Jews."
The prominent Russian author Lev Tolstoy wrote the following about the Jews:
"The Jew is the symbol of eternity. He is the one who for so long had guarded the prophetic message and transmitted it to all mankind. A people such as this can never disappear. The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity."
"The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed; and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?"
The source of the dead end in which Israeli society is trapped today is its attempt to build a "normal" Jewish state -- a state that denies its historical destiny. To emerge from the crisis, the Jewish People must reconcile the State of Israel with its Jewish destiny. The State of Israel must consciously become the conduit to the fulfillment of the historical destiny of the Nation of Israel. If it does not fulfill its role, the State loses the essence of its existence and rapidly disintegrates.
The Jewish People, whose very existence testifies to the oneness of G-d, must be an exemplary model for all of humanity. The Jewish Nation must rectify the world according to the Divine dictates that it has borne since it received the Torah at Mount Sinai.
Only a new leader motivated by the ancient/new Jewish destiny can take control of the helm, steer the ship off its collision course and bring it to safe shores. We need Jewish leadership --leadership with faith and the desire to walk in G-d's ways.
Manhigut Yehudit is leading the way toward the Jewish leadership that the Nation of Israel -- and the entire world -- so sorely need.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
a. There really is no Jewish Leadership crisis and therefore the man who has spent the last 6 years of his life promulgating this concept wasn't needed.
b. B'sheva didn't pay their phone bill and so couldn't call to invite him.
c. (One B'sheva staffer to another) Feiglin's not here? But I thought you called him......
d. Bibi had a tantrum and wouldn't show if Feiglin did.
e. All of the above.
The best of the right? It is enough to make one physically ill. But the madness doesn't stop there. Oh , no, no, no. The current polls show a major Likud victory in the next election. The leadership of the Likud will basically be a two man race between Feiglin and Bibi. Did you know that of the Likudniks who said they support Bibi, 80% of them do not trust him? And so why vote for him? To return the Likud to power of course. Power uber alas. Fly the Likud flag from the Knesset and damn the consequences. What consequences?
Let us pose a hypothetical. Given a choice between Bibi and Olmert for PM, who would you vote for? Ah, good, I see the knee-jerk response in all of you who think you are actually helping Israel. The point of fact is that if you picked Bibi as I'm sure the overwhelming majority of you have, you will have hurt Israel more than you can imagine. In fact, Bibi is the most dangerous man in Israel right now because of the damage he has the potential to inflict. Think about it. Every suicidal land give back was perpetrated by whom? The left? Of course not. It was done by a right-wing government. Yamit, Hevron, Gush Katif equals Begin, Bibi, and Sharon. Do you think Ehud Barak or Shimon Peres were capable of giving back Jerusalem? Do you think Amram Mitzna could have evacuated Gush Katif? Do you really think Olmert and Peretz will be able to give back Yesha? No. Only a strong right-wing government led by a morally bankrupt and faithless head will be able to do the bidding of the left and bring Israel further to the Auschwitz border. That is why given a choice, pick Olmert and his band of thugs. At least the current status quo of incompetence and corruption is in check to a certain degree. Bibi coming in on his white horse (or is that a donkey?) to rescue the land and the people is a fantasy that will boomerang in the worst way possible. In the meantime, let's work for some real Jewish Leadership. Not Dr. Eldad's limited boutique kind, but the real Manhigut Yehudit. It is the only choice.
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Sunday, March 18, 2007
Revolution Nuts and Bolts
The Jewish leadership revolution that is in the making has to include two components:
First, education and security. Second, media and the justice system.
Education and security are the two sides of the existence coin. Israel didn't lose to Nasrallah this summer because of lack of military might. The IDF simply did not know what its goals were or how it was supposed to fight. "He who has a 'why' for which to live," said Nietzsche, "can overcome every 'how.' The various commissions of inquiry and replacement of the IDF Chief of Staff have little significance, because they do not relate to the basic point that led to Israel's defeat. The IDF 2007 -- the army that buried its soul in the sands of Gush Katif -- no longer has the "why" and certainly not the "how." Naturally, it cannot overcome its enemies.
Most of the new inductees into the army have never visited Jerusalem. Most of them cannot complete the verse "Shema Yisrael." If you do not know who you are or where you are from, you cannot know who your enemy is or what you are fighting about.
The educational revolution will directly strengthen our security situation. Every student in Israel must be exposed to at least one daily hour of Jewish education. Israel's students must study the Bible, Israel's history and geography, archeology, and the content of the Jewish prayer book. The government should not coerce its citizens to perform religious commandments. But it should also not allow ignorance about the roots of our Jewish identity. Every person should be free to live his faith. Ignorance, though, is the opposite of freedom. The first part of the revolution will ensure that every graduate of Israel's educational system will know and honor his Jewish roots. An army founded on solid Jewish awareness will once again be able to defeat its enemies.
The second component of the revolution is the media and court system. These are the two sides of the justice coin. The media determines how we should behave, while the courts determine the legality of our behavior. For instance, if journalist Amnon Rabinovitch explains that the corruption of the Sharon family can wait until after the ideology in which he believes is actualized -- in other words, until after the settlers are destroyed -- this means that the media that determines the behavioral norm in Israel sees corruption as a secondary issue.
Concomitantly, if Supreme Court Justice Mishael Cheshin explains without even the blink of an eye that Israel's court system fully understood that Sharon and his sons received bribes -- but did not convict them so as not to stop the perpetration of its ideology -- the destruction of the setters -- then the court system that determines legal norms and societal norms clearly signals that fighting corruption is only secondary.
If we really want to understand the source of the corruption that is gnawing away at the foundations of our existence, we had best stop looking for it in the party central committees and Israel's elected officials. The source of the corruption is not the President or the Finance Minister. First and foremost, it is Amnon Rabinovitch and Mishael Cheshin, both on a personal level and also as representatives of the media and justice systems that created the ethical decadence that is destroying the State.
The revolution in both the media and the court system is based on the same method: Let the people decide. Let the people decide what they will watch on television, and let the people choose their judges. As opposed to most journalists and judges, the majority of Israel's public is clearly connected to its Jewish identity and its basic values. When the people will really have a choice, they will choose good over bad.
The Israel Broadcasting Authority must be shut down. Anybody who would like to broadcast should be allowed to pay for a frequency and broadcast to his heart's content -- limited of course by Israel's current
anti-slander and security laws.
Israel's judges should be elected by the representatives of the public in the Knesset. Their election should be contingent on a public hearing and their opinions and political preferences should be public knowledge. Before every promotion they should once again undergo the same process -- this time with analysis of their legal decisions. The Supreme Court judges should be subject to public hearing every five years.
With G-d's help, this four-pronged revolution will pave the way for an authentically Jewish State.
With G-d's help, this four-pronged revolution will pave the way for an authentically Jewish State.
|America's Jewish Captive: By Moshe Feiglin|
Translated from the Ma'ariv NRG website.
21 Adar, 5767
March 11, 2007
The federal penitentiary in Butner, North Carolina looks like a tip top army base. Hoping to add a few more minutes to our meeting with Jonathon Pollard, Shmuel Sackett and I arrive a few minutes early and wait in our car in the parking lot. "You can't wait here," a policewoman announces to us. "We can't sit in our car?" we ask, surprised. "That's right," the policewoman persists. "This sure isn't Ramle prison in Israel," I say to myself as we drive out of the parking lot.
Our connection to Jonathon Pollard is very important to us. We believe in loyalty. We believe that there is truth in the world and that there is good and evil. Those who forget Jonathon Pollard ignore truth and justice. They lose the moral ability to distinguish between good and evil. This approach has created a culture of disloyalty in Israel: Disloyalty to the Land of Israel, to our nation's Jewish identity, to our nation's values and of course, to people. Jonathon Pollard is the quintessential victim of this culture of disloyalty. The revolution that Manhigut Yehudit leads is the return to the culture of loyalty.
Jonathon enters the visitor's room with a smile on his face, conducting himself like a gracious host. Every time that I meet Jonathon, I am amazed by his ability to control his feelings. When I hug him, a fraction of the pain of his tragedy creeps sickeningly through my veins. Jonathon speaks. He talks of current events in Israel. He seems to be more updated than I am. Despite the barbed wire fences in North Carolina, Jonathon's penetrating vision analyzes what is happening in Israel better than all the local pundits.
Time is running out. "What can we do for you?" Shmuel Sackett asks Jonathon. And then something in Jonathon seems to crack. Suddenly, he is no longer the gracious host in his living room. "I want you to see this," he says and takes off his shoe. His heel is distorted and swollen. Jonathon sticks his finger deep into the joint, as if his foot was made out of play-dough. He removes his finger, but the hole that he made remains. "All the joints in my body are in the same state," he explains. "Aren't you being treated?" I ask. "All that they give me is painkillers," he answers with a smile. "But I've given up on those as well. To get them, I have to wait in line for an hour. My body simply cannot deal with that."
Suddenly, I understand that Jonathon is worried that by the time we do something, there will be nobody left to save.
New voices are emanating from America. President Bush has been hinting that he would be happy to release Pollard for Passover. Senior officials in the American government and James Wallsey, who was head of the CIA when Pollard was captured, publicly call for his release.
What is needed now is for Israel to officially request Pollard's release. But amazingly, the country for which Jonathon sacrificed his life sends the Americans the opposite message: Pollard does not interest Israel's government. 112 Knesset members have signed a letter calling for Pollard's release, but first Sharon and now Olmert refuse to present it to President Bush.
Jonathon Pollard is the Jew who saved the Israeli from the American. He symbolizes the identity crisis that we refuse to deal with. Pollard forces our Jewish identity upon us. He calls on us to demand his release because he is not an American and we are not Israelis - we are all Jews. That is why he sacrificed his life for us. That is why we have to act on his behalf now.
Standing by our betrayed captive is an acid test. To save him, we must express our Jewish identity. A Jewish Israel could easily bring about Jonathon's release. But the Israeli government that is estranged from its Judaism prefers to let him rot in prison.
The following effort is being organized on behalf of Jonathan Pollard. Manhigut Yehudit applauds all actions taken on behalf of this Jewish hero. This program is simple and can be done by every one. Please do your part!
Nationwide White House Call-In for Jonathan Pollard
White House Telephone Number 1-202-456-1111
A nationwide 60-day call-in to the White House campaign has begun and will continue through the Holiday of Pesach / Passover, the Holiday of Freedom, to call the attention of President George W. Bush to the continued unfair incarceration of Jonathan Pollard.
Organizers of the campaign remind the community that the White House counts and tallies all in-coming calls, so every single phone call makes a difference. The White House phone number is 1-202-456-1111. Callers are asked to call daily between the hours of 11-2 pm EST and to encourage their family members and friends to do the same. Callers are reminded to expect the lines to be busy and to keep calling until they get through.
For additional information about the Jonathan Pollard cause, or to print out the campaign ad, please visit www.jonathanpollard.org
Give New Leadership a Chance: By David Wilder
7 Adar, 5756
Feb. 25, 2007
David Wilder is the spokesperson for the Jewish Community of Hebron.
Many years ago, following the election of Rabin, when Oslo was still in pre-diapers, and people were looking at each other, in shock, with fear and huge question marks in their eyes, the most common question was: What do we do now.
I remember town meetings, clandestine gatherings, and more than anything else, words. Lots and lots of words. Talk is cheap, it relieves tension, and seems to be a good way to "virtually" solve problems. If nothing else, talk is a good way to rid yourself of built-up frustrations.
But not everyone talked. I remember the first genuine activity against the
Rabin-Peres plans to expel us from our land. What's the best answer to planned expulsion? Of course, expansion.Jerusalem, where the talk wasn't theoretical. These guys were organized, had a specific agenda and weren't talking doubletalk. It was impressive.
A new group had popped up out of nowhere called Zo Artzenu. I clearly remember a meeting at a hotel in
Those guys, as I recall were two: Moshe Feiglin and Shmuel Sackett. I have no recollection of them, at that time, but their first national project, called "Mivtza Machpil" called for expanding all Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Not kept a secret, the operation was looked upon by "the authorities" as a test case: How would they react to organized groups opposing the expulsion policies of Rabin-Peres? I do recall, one cold night, telling my wife that I was going out for a little while to participate in the first Mivtza Machpil operation, in Kiryat Arba. It was a few days before I arrived back home, having later been arrested with a few dozen others, for daring to sit in an abandoned shack within the municipal boundary of Kiryat Arba, but outside the community fence.
I have no idea how many communities actually doubled themselves, but clearly, Mitvtza Machpil was an overwhelming success. Like a foghorn across a
zero-visibility sea, the operation screamed out loud and clear: We will not sit back and do nothing as building is outlawed and our land is dismantled.Israel. For this magnificent show of civil disobedience, Feiglin and Sackett were tried and convicted for sedition. Anyone who still had any illusions of democracy -- Rabin-Peres style, were in for a surprise.
Zo Artzenu continued planning and implementing other national protests, including a sit-down strike which was to paralyze the state of
Despite their newly labeled, dangerous criminal status, Feiglin and Sackett didn't despair. Such individuals are far from trivial emotions like hopelessness. Just as Zo Artzenu was uniquely impressive and creative, they decided to continue forward. In 1998 they founded Manhigut Yehudit, which means "Jewish Leadership." Not the kind of leadership Israel had so long been faced with, but true Jewish leadership, pillared upon Torah and the Land of Israel, the fear of G-d, and appreciation and acknowledgement of the Divine sanctity of our homeland. Feiglin continued to surprise, this time, not by going the way of the world and forming a new political party. Rather he, together with Sackett, decided to become a faction within the already existing Likud, with the hope and expectation to "capture" the party; to create a solid majority of normal, healthy Israelis who realized that peace was preconditioned on one firm fact: The Land of Israel belongs to the Nation of Israel -- period. As Manhigut Yehudit affirms: "The state of the Jews must be transformed into a Jewish State."
A few months ago I authored an article in which I stated that only one political figure in the Likud could possibly be trusted to be Prime Minister. I made a mistake. Because the man I named was not Moshe Feiglin. And it should have been.
Anyone with eyes in their head, taking a good look around at current events in Israel, cannot help but be blinded. Blinded by absurdity, stupidity, and disgust. The leaders of the Gush Katif expulsion are falling, one by one, like dominos standing in a row. The deteriorating security in southern Israel is clearly the result of the fall of Gush Katif. Yet the so-called Defense Minister has again declared that the answer to Israel's problems is continued expulsions -- this time from "illegal hilltop settlements." The Prime Minister refuses to look the Israeli population in the eye and admit the errors of his ways. Rather, his excuse for postponing the "Convergence," or expulsion plan number two, which plans on abandoning almost all of Judea and Samaria, is politically motivated. There is no realization that the Land of Israel has to remain in Jewish hands.
This morning the Israeli cabinet was to hear an intelligence briefing concerning the security outlook for the next year. What country in the world would allow the details of such an "intelligence briefing" to be broadcast on public radio, and even before it was presented to the nation's ministers? Why should Israeli radio broadcast the intelligence briefing's conclusions that "war in the north is not expected this year?" Why broadcast such analysis to our enemies, loud and clear? Total stupidity.
And of course, let's not forget the corruption investigations against so many of the Israeli top brass.
There is much more. Media, education, economics, but I think the message is clear. Israel is not in need of a new political party. It is in need of a new kind of leadership, and a new type of leader. At the current time, I have become convinced that the only person who represents such leadership is Moshe Feiglin.
Is he perfect? Probably not. But then again, nobody is. However the fundamentals upon which he bases, not only his beliefs, but also his actions, are authentic. He is the farthest thing alive from the original sin of almost all politicians: He cannot be bought. For if he could be bought, he would have either: formed a separate party, or would have joined forces with other breakaways, or, he would have found a way to accept a juicy deal with his primary rival for Likud leadership, Bibi Netanyahu.
We have already seen what Netanyahu can do -- he caused irreparable harm to Hebron and to all the State of Israel: he met Arafat, he abandoned Hebron and he signed Wye. Why give this man, with his record, a second chance? What has he done to deserve any trust or faith? Nothing. Nothing at all.
A friend of mine has, for years, been trying to get me to register with the Likud thereby allowing me to vote for Moshe Feiglin for party leadership. With G-d's help, that is what I am going to do. Let's give new, true leadership a chance.
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Monday, March 12, 2007
Zionist government wanted
In past 15 years, Israeli leaders have replaced Zionist vision with 'two-state vision' Ron Breiman
Published: 03.11.07, 21:31 / Israel Opinion
What priorities does the State of Israel need on the brink of its 60th anniversary? The Kadima prime minister indeed claimed that a leader did not have to have an "agenda" (as this is referred to in the media lingo) and that his job is merely to manage (and we can only bemoan such management.)
Yet is it possible to manage without objectives and an agenda? Reality speaks for itself: The absence of vital management components is conspicuous, particularly when this is joined by denying and forgetting the Zionist vision and replacing it with the "two-state vision" in Olmert's and Livni's hollow and repetitive slogan.
The only basis for the State of Israel's existence is the Zionist vision that reconnects the people to its country after thousands of years with the absence of political independence. The way to realizing this vision is through the concentration of the people of Israel in the Land of Israel. Therefore, immigration and absorption are the most important national missions.
It is sad to see the various immigration absorption ministers insulted when they are appointed to this post and watch them pass their time at this important ministry doing nothing and waiting for an opportunity to be promoted to a more senior post, such as foreign minister for example.
True Zionist leadership would have placed the Zionist vision â€“ immigration, absorption, and settlement at all parts of the country in general and particularly in the Galilee, Samaria, Judea, and the Negev desert â€“ at the top of the national priority order, rather than the "peace vision," which is unfeasible in our generation or the "two-state vision," which is a recipe for eliminating the Zionist vision.
True Zionist leadership would have turned the Immigration Absorption minister into the most senior and challenging post. True Zionist leadership would have dealt with developing the environment, economy, tourism, and higher education, and would have made sure to spread the population throughout the western Land of Israel not only in the coastal plain.
Government leads Israel to bankruptcy
True Zionist leadership would have advanced settlement activity instead of planning evacuations. There is no message that is more negative to a Jew who considers moving to Israel than the forceful expulsion of Jews in their own country, on the orders of the Israeli government.
In 1937, when the Jewish community in the country was 20 times smaller than it is today, the British Peel Commission proposed that Jewish immigration be limited to 1,000 per month, that is, 12,000 per year. Seventy years later, with a powerful country, military, and economy, Israel makes do with this level of immigration per year and nobody views this as a failure or problem that requires a change in the national priority order. In hedonistic Israel, the phrase "changing priorities" refers to undermining Zionist settlement activity and promoting the vision of the other nationality, the enemy.
In the State's first years, and under a Zionist leadership that knew how to present challenges, set objectives, set a personal example and demand efforts and sacrifice, we witnessed immigration and settlement that turned the newly born country into a wonder and model of admiration.
In the past 15 years, under a leadership that abandoned the Zionist vision and replaced it by the empty gods of "peace," "new Middle East," and the placing of the individual ahead of the collective and arrogance above our roots, Israel distanced not only from the Zionist vision, but also from the slogan of a "country that is fun to live in," and has turned into a subject of ridicule both at home and abroad.
The current government's conduct led Israel to bankruptcy in all areas. The time has come to replace it with a Zionist government that will place true Zionist values at the top of its agenda and be tested according to them.
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Friday, March 09, 2007
No Immunity for Rightists :By Moshe Feiglin
Translated from the Ma'ariv NRG website. This article was written in the wake of the media uproar in Israel after Right wing candidate for Minister of Tourism, Estrina Tartman, apparently lied about the fact that she holds a Masters degree.
11 Adar, 5767
March 1, 2007
Why did you do it, Estrina? The elites are doing such a good job of eliminating themselves when they have nobody else to sink their teeth into. The Prime Minister, Defense Minister, Finance Minister, Police Chief, Chief of Staff, Justice Minister - all of them no longer have a common enemy and have turned to making themselves extinct. And suddenly you enter the arena - with fluent Hebrew and a perfectly Israeli appearance - and express opinions that make all the elites abandon their colleagues' throats and attack you, instead.
Why did you have to open your mouth? What would have been so bad if you had maintained the role preserved for all the Rightists in the Knesset - a mere statistic? What exactly did you think when you attacked the appointment of the first Arab Minister in the Knesset? What did you think when you expressed Zionist opinions, Heaven help us? You didn't understand that the investigative reporters ofYediot and Galei Tzahal would immediately go out for the hunt?
Who did you think you were? State Attorney Edna Arbel? So what if she added a fictitious Masters degree to her resume? Should that disqualify her from deciding the fate of Israel's citizens? Or maybe you thought that you were Shimon Peres? Did you ever see an investigative reporter check the resume flaunted by the man who is "larger than life?"
What did you think, Estrina? That you share equal footing with Gilad Sharon? Supreme Court Justice Cheshin already explained that nobody gets $600,000 to surf the internet, but "if we would have convicted Gilad, his father, Ariel Sharon, would have been forced to resign, and then there would have been no Disengagement."
But you, Estrina, are a settler. For settlers, even a box of cookies from friends is considered bribery.
It seems that Justice Cheshin, himself, also has a very uncomfortable skeleton in his closet. Does anybody make an issue of it? Does the media denounce "his honor" as they have denounced the candidate for Minister of Tourism?
You have to understand something, Estrina. You may have the proper lineage, you do not speak with a Russian accent and you do not really look religious. But you are a Rightist and certainly not a member of the elite club that is above the law. So be careful not to express your Rightist opinions, and just get used to being a statistic, like most of the Right wing Knesset members who remain silent so that they can survive in the Knesset.
And about the Masters degree. If you really falsely claimed that you have a Masters, I have no idea why you did it. The degrees given by Israel's educational system do not make a great impression on me. When I am asked how many years of study I have behind me, my answer is "One." The only year that I can say with certainty that I learned something in the formal education system is first grade. That is when I learned how to read. Since then I have not stopped. Sometime after my army service, I also learned how to write. And to the dismay of many, I have not stopped that offensive habit, either.
Academic degrees are nice and possibly important, but they do not tell us much about a person. For me, it is much more important to know what our elected representatives think about the issues. It is time for politicians to begin to write. Mr. Prime Minister, please share your thoughts with us. Write something that explains why it is worthwhile for our children to continue to live in this country. Mr. Defense Minister, leave the settlements alone, put down your binoculars and publish your security platform.
Estrina, the degree that you do or do not hold interests me as much as last year's snowballs. Write a serious article on your approach to tourism in Israel. What good are degrees, if a person cannot lucidly write his thoughts?
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Friday, March 02, 2007
In What State Should Bibi Run for the U.S. Senate?
Purim is just around the corner, and this article fits right in with the general Purim atmosphere.
By Bradley Burston
He's obviously cut out for the job. He speaks well. He is telegenic. He has high levels of face and name recognition. He is second to none at the sound byte. He knows how to raise money. He knows how to make waves.
Most importantly, American Jews love him.
It's time for Benjamin Netanyahu to do what he was made to do. Run for the U.S. Senate.
Why should he continue to waste his talents and what's left of his relative youth on the Israeli electorate? His comrades in the Likud scheme to undermine him. His former comrades in Kadima miss no chance to demonize him. His potential coalition partners in Labor want nothing to do with him.
Already 10 years ago, elected prime minister at age 46, he had gone as far in Israeli politics as anyone can.
It's time for a change.
He could be the very model of the modern Schwarzenegger Republican, moderate on abortion, stem cell research, and health care reform, hawkish on terrorism and tax cuts.
Most remarkably, he is an Israeli leader who thinks he speaks English, and actually does.
Of course, there would be technical obstacles to a Netanyahu race for the Senate. Citizenship, for one thing. But assuming the hurdles could be smoothed by his many admirers of influence, there would be a more difficult problem: Where to run.
Does he go for the Jews - knowing that many American Jews vote liberal, blue and to his left? Or does he stand a better chance courting the Christian Right?
Does he go for New York - home to an enormous reservoir of expatriate Israelis - knowing that he lacks liberal credentials? Does he go for California, knowing that he lacks acting credits?
[All figures approximate]
CLASS I STATES: Populous states with Jewish communities of appreciable size and clout. Examples:
NEW YORK 1.7 million Jews, or 9% of 19 million total population
CALIFORNIA 1.2 million Jews, 3% of 39 million
NEW JERSEY 540,000 Jews, or 6% of 9 million
FLORIDA 650,000 Jews, or 4% of 16 million
PENNSYLVANIA 275,000, or 2.3% of 12 million
ILLINOIS 265,000, or 2.2% of 12 million
MASSACHUSETTS 260,000, or 4.3% of 6 million
CLASS II STATES: Populous Bible Belt states with relatively small Jewish populations.
TEXAS 126,000, or 0.6 % of 21 million
GEORGIA 88,000, or 1.1% of 8 million
NORTH CAROLINA 24,000, or 0.3% of 8 million
CLASS III STATES: Smaller Bible Belt states with negligible Jewish populations.
WEST VIRGINIA 1,800, or 0.1% of 1.8 million
ARKANSAS 2,600, or 0.1% of 2.7 million
OKLAHOMA 3,400, or 0.1% of 3.4 million
FOR REFERENCE: Present Jewish senators, by state:
California: Barbara Levy Boxer (D) Dianne Feinstein (D)
Connecticut: Joe Lieberman (I)
Maryland: Ben Cardin (D)
Michigan: Carl Levin (D)
Minnesota: Norm Coleman (R)
New Jersey: Frank Lautenberg (D)
New York: Charles Shumer (D)
Oregon: Ron Wyden (D)
Pennsylvania: Arlen Specter (R)
Vermont: Bernie Sanders (I)
Wisconsin: Russ Feingold (D) Herb Kohl (D)
Once this matter is settled, an issue which has remained unresolved for decades may yield to solution: Which European nation should crown Shimon Peres its ceremonial head of state?
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