The postman knocks twice: Facts, bias, unity

In effect, Labor Zionism died a natural death with statehood for a number of reasons.

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August 15, 2018 22:46
DEGEL HATORAH and Agudat Yisrael councils

DEGEL HATORAH and Agudat Yisrael councils 370. (photo credit: Courtesy Moshe Goldstein)

 
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A good friend in Toronto wrote a polite but challenging response to my column “How galling it must be for PM Netanyahu,” (July 10). Since I feel that his letter quite likely reflects the thinking of many, here it is: “I note from your writings that you are a product of your Labor Zionist and Labor governments affiliations. There is a left-wing bias that you of course are accustomed to. My own political origins are similar in that I belonged to Habonim… “I don’t think that Israel can afford the luxury of partisan politics in these times. With the serious threats against the country it would be appropriate to form a coalition of all parties who would abide by the present leadership in security matters and present a united front to the world. I do not wish to sound alarmist but from my perspective and under these conditions the country must have one voice.” End of letter.

A word about what helped form me: I am a product of a religious Zionist youth group affiliated with Hakibbutz Hadati (Orthodox Zionist Kibbutzim). The prophets, particularly Isaiah, informed my social view more than the early Labor Zionist thinkers.

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