Visionary hero of the Jewish people
Pages of history: Rabbi Meir Kahane
THE history of modern
But the history of new
This is happening at such a rapid rate that the people of
During this short period from 1948, the bare land of the ancient
For believers in God this is not surprising, because this situation is described prophetically in great detail in the Bible, but now, unfortunately, destiny of the country in the hand of the no- believers and that spell a problems.
We have a country that has the top minds in the development of technology such as electronics, medicine, agriculture, telecommunications and construction, and we have still got people without a roof and food. We have one of the best armies in the world and a country without a border to protect. We win many wars but lose territory, international prestige and internal security. We are congregating with our eternal enemy and hate our most precise treasure, Judaism and religious Jews.
We have no constitution and, as the late Lubavitcher Rebbe said to Moshe Katsav in 1992: “We are talking about the government of
We have falling from the sky a bunch of nomads calling themselves Palestinians, whom we have to tend and provide a place to call their own state. The harsh irony is that they don’t want a state, they want annihilate Jews. It’s as simple as that. We are peaceful people looking for good relation with our neighbours and they have been beating and killing us uninterruptedly for the past 100 years through pogroms, wars, intifadas and terrorist acts.
Maybe a good look at the past 30 to 40 years of our new history, will give Jewish people the impetus for reassessing, lifting their spiritual power for fighting and survival, for real fulfillment of a 2000-year-old dream to return and live in our own land.
About 40 years ago amid the political and social chaos actively steered by leftist media, Peace Now and other liberals, rose one man, Rabbi Meir Kahane, who not only understood the problems facing this country, but was a real prophet who explained the grim future and the way to avert it – separation of Jews and Arabs and the sending of Arabs out of Israel.
He was a man of high integrity, intelligence, education and religion and fully devoted to the ideas of Zionism and Judaism. Not surprisingly, the secular leftist official and intellectual establishment disdained him.
Meir David Kahane was born in
Kahane received a degree in International Law from
His life's work, fight for establishment of Zionist Jewish State in Israel, however, started in 1968, when he founded the Jewish Defense League (JDL). Kahane and his family moved to
Kahane ran for Knesset and lost in 1976 and 1980, and was finally elected in 1984. His movement continued to grow until, prior to the 1988 Knesset elections, the Kach party was banned from running by a Labor-Likud coalition.
In 1975, the United Nations equated Zionism with racism and leftist Israeli government quickly replaced classical Zionism of Theodore Herzl, Zeev Jabotinsky, Nahum Sokolov and others, with social or post Zionism, based on socialists ideas of David Ben Gurion and liberal materialist value of Western intellectuals.
On that ground, the first time in
Once, sitting in a car, he said: “Now they want to kill me. If it happens, it will mean, that God have got another plan to save us.” In 1990, Kahane was assassinated.
During his life, Kahane attempted to spread his message through a variety of forums. He wrote numerous books espousing his opinions; his most famous works They Must Go and Never Again! He also founded a seminary in Jerusalem, the Yeshiva of the Jewish Idea.
Even after his death, Kahane has had a tremendous influence on the Israeli political scene. In March 1994, the Kach party and its offshoot, Kahane Chai (Kahane Lives), founded by Kahane's son Binyamin Zev, were officially designated as terrorist organisations by the Israeli government and the US State Department. The immediate cause of this designation was the February 1994 attack on the al-Ibrahimi Mosque in
Binyamin Zev Kahane was murdered in 2001.
A few years ago, tourism minister Rehavam Zeevi was assassinated in the centre of
Who killed these people? Logically, it was supposed to be those who were most afraid of them, those who do not believe in God, hate Judaism and Jewish people and reject the Jewish state of
All Zionism has been betrayed, and instead we are witnessing the destruction of
A week ago, Jewish people celebrated Channukah, which commemorates the revolt against the Greeks more than 2000 years ago, in which a small family of Torah-dedicated Jews, the Hashmonaim, took arms against a formidable enemy, and achieved victory. It is not a matter of numbers, but a matter of spirit.
For those who care, the time has come to take your destiny in your own hands.
It is a slogan born out of the soul of the great man Kahane, and let us believe it will lead a new generation of Hashmonaim to introduce Kahane and his ideas.