De meeste Lieberman-stemmers verwerpen het Israelische corrupte politiek systeem en de overmatige invloed van de messianistische orthodoxe joden daarin. Ironisch genoeg, kan de partij die als ‘racistisch’ en fascistisch’ wordt bestempeld, de enige zijn die seculiere waarden beschermd en Israel bevrijdt van de wurggreep van het zionisme.
.. What is in many ways more frightening than Lieberman’s abject racism is the way that young Israelis, both left-wing secular and right-wing religious have latched on to his strongman image, convinced that "Israel needs a Putin, there’s no order here," with little thought to the implications.
Most of these people can hardly be painted as "fascists" or "racists", and don’t fit the wild-eyed settler or jack-booted Russian nationalist image bestowed upon supporters of Yisrael Beitenu by their detractors.
Most of them are our friends and neighbors who are fed up with a political system that awards graft, failure and lethargy, and a criminal justice system where there is little if any reliable law enforcement, and the inmates run the entire country as their personal asylum. Ironically, Lieberman is also under investigation for alleged graft, but it only seems to have made him more popular.
Furthermore, these secular and wholly rational colleagues and family members are fed up with risking their lives serving in an army protecting a religious community that does not share their burden and lives off their dime, all the while making no effort to hide their hatred of the secular majority that shelters them and puts food on their table.
That may be the true irony of Yisrael Beitenu, and it’s an aspect of the party that is missed entirely in Hitchens’ article. That is, that a party painted as fascist and racist may be the only one well positioned to protect secular values and release the stranglehold exerted by the religious on the definition and image of Judaism in Israel.
Furthermore, with all due respect to the nice Jews of Meretz and Labor, Yisrael Beitenu may be the only party that stands a chance of ending the nationalist wing’s devotion to messianic, Greater Israel ideology and the retention of every inch of territory from the river to the sea. For better or for worse, Lieberman sees Arabs through geopolitical crosshairs, not the prism of biblical promises and cherry-picked rabbinical commentary…