Feiglin isn't going to become the Prime Minister. Israel's religious sector has been growing with haste for the last decades, and increases its
velocity of growth every single year. By 2060
, Israel will certainly (by 'certainly', I literally mean a prospect of occurrence of 100%) become
a full-blown Iran-like theocracy. MKs Yair Lapid, and to some extent, Avigdor Liberman, may be able to prolong the subsistence of Israel a few more
years, as they're position as regards Israel's religiosity is a demand for separation of Church and State (in the case of Liberman, he wouldn't openly
declare it, as he contrives to garner votes from the Right, which is more religious-leaning than the Left), a separation which will shape the Israeli
milieu towards that of a liberal, democratic society; though even such a remarkable development won't halt or invert the growth of the religious
sector in Israel, which is a real demographic bomb.
As for the removal of the Mosque, it must be noted that, in contrast to the modern Islamic-Palestinian narrative in which the edifice and its
surroundings are considered to be of utmost significance, up until the Israeli occupation of the Temple Mount in 1967, the Mosque had been in constant
desolation, with zero to perhaps a dozen visitors a day, and not single voice in the Islamic world had been raised against the Mosque's state of
affairs, indicating the Muslims only began taking notice of the area after it had come under Jewish sovereignty. Additionally, the removal of the
Mosque doesn't necessarily imply their permanent destruction: a viable solution is to preserve the edifice with as less detriment possible, and
transfer it to Jordan, as a gift from the Israeli Leadership to the Hashemite Monarch. Apologetic for Islam will claim that the land on which the
edifice stands is the third most sacred to Islam. To counter that claim, we must first take notice that legally it is irrelevant: once the authority
of the anti-Semitic Waqf is dismissed, and Israel retains complete sovereignty over the Mount, it can remove the Mosque, and with the justifications
of both societal demand and contribution to society on the part of the state, which is, of course, legal. Secondly, if we are to engage in this
religious debate, we may as well ask: "so what? Yes, it's the third most significant site in Islam, but it is the first
most significant site
in Judaism, and Israel hasn't (yet) separated Church and State".
As for the reconstruction of the Temple: while in and of itself irrelevant to the everyday life of the Israeli citizen, it is yet another step towards
a Messianic Halachic State. Next, the Jews will declare the organizer of the Temple's construction as the Messiah (and here, let me briefly address
Christian readers with the following statement: there is no chance on Earth that the Jews will ever 'recognize' Jesus as their Messiah. No calamity
will ever cause the Jews to believe in Jesus – did the holocaust turn Jews into Christians? No, and likewise, nothing else will), and will then try
to occupy the land which is mentioned in the Bible as "Promised". Such developments are positive if you're a religious Jew -- although, there's a
debate among religious Jews as to whether the Temple should be reconstructed by humans, and if so, under which conditions --, but threaten the
everyday life of secular Jews, who will observe how their almost-secular democracy turns into a theocracy, and a nuclear one at that. In case you're
unacquainted with it, let me inform you that Theodor Herzl, in his book "Der Judenstaat" (German for "The Jewish State"), specifically noted that it
is directly against the objectives of Zionism to allow Israel to deteriorate into a theocracy. And these are his words: "Shall we end up by having a
theocracy? No, indeed… We shall prevent any theocratic tendencies from coming to the fore on part of our priesthood. We shall keep our priests
within the confines of their temples…" The Jewish Temple is not just a place for national sacrifices: it is where the Jewish court of jurisprudence,
the Sanhedrin, resides. The transformation of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel to the Sanhedrin is yet another step in the direction of having a
theocracy, as the Sanhedrin will compose an immense religious authority, and will seek to subvert the authority of the secular elements of the state.
It is crucial to apprehend that the (future) Temple is by far not the worst theocratic angle of the state of Israel, and that the worst is already
behind: Israel discriminates against women (in Israel, a husband is literally demanded by law to 'buy' his wife with a Ketubah on their marriage day,
thus rendering her as his property), allows circumcision (which is banned in Scandinavia, for instance), discriminates against homosexuals (who are
not allowed to marry), finances religious authorities, etc. By all means, Israel is already somewhat theocratic, thus the addition of the Temple,
while a negative development, is not pernicious. The theocratization process is already in full motion.
Moshe Feiglin will probably never become the Prime Minister. But I expect that in the following two decades, someone even worse may. Just keep your
eyes open, people.
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