Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Israeli Naivete?

Yesterday, when reading this passage in Rav Soloveitchik's Kol Dodi Dofek, this line seemed particularly timely. It seems that nothing has changed. This was written in 1956!

"With the establishment of the State of Israel, secular Zionism declares, we have become a people like all peoples, and the notion of 'a people that dwells alone' has lost its validity... Under the influence of this spirit of indiscriminate amity... the representatives of the State of Israel have often displayed an embarrassing naivete, improperly evaluated particular circumstances and situations, and failed to adequately discern hidden intentions of certain individuals. As a result of their child-like innocence, they trust the promises of people who promptly proceed to betray us and are overly impressed by flattery and pretty speeches. It appears to me that on a number of occasions the foreign policy of Israel has manifested an absence of a sense of honor, of national pride, of caution, and the fortitude to maintain one's own position.

All these mistakes flow from the prime error committed by Secular Zionism when it sought to erase the sense of isolation (of the Jewish People.)"

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