During the past three decades, patriots of Israel—religious and non-religious—have been bewildered by the political instability and political ineptitude of Israel’s government. Anyone who has studied the great classical political scientists, above all Plato and Aristotle, would have detected three basic flaws in this so-called Jewish state.
First and foremost is the country’s lack of clear, consistent, and constructive foundational principles. As everyone knows, Israel was founded by political Zionists who, at the same time, were Labor socialists influenced by Marxism. Therein is the first contradiction. For whereas political Zionism is a form of nationalism, Marxism is a form of internationalism. Indeed, this internationalism is the seedbed of the post-Zionism or anti-Zionism evident in Labor Party leaders such as Shimon Peres, Israel’s president.
Thus, if anyone is wondering why Israel does not have a clear, consistent, and constructive goal, the great political scientists will tell you: “Your state was ill-founded.”
Israel’s second basic flaw is this: Its universities, so far as concerns the social sciences and humanities have failed to produce leaders who possessed an adequate understating of Israel’s Jewish heritage on the one hand, and of the true nature of Israel’s enemies on the other. In fact, the faculties of Israeli universities were very much influenced by cultural or historical relativism, a doctrine which, I have often noted, undermines conviction in the justice of Israel’s cause.
Thanks to this dispiriting doctrine, the leaders of the supposed-to-be Jewish state engaged in negotiations with Arab despots as if the latter were amenable to genuine peace. These negotiations revealed that Israeli prime ministers did not and do not understand the difference between democratic diplomacy and martial diplomacy.
Third, Israel’s founders did not know how to design political institutions. This ignorance became evident two or three years after the founding of the state, but by then, vested party interests had crystallized and it was politically too late to makes remedial changes.
Hence, in view of Israel’s flawed ideological foundations, the shortcomings of its educational system, and its decrepit political institutions, I regard Israel’s great accomplishments as a confirmation of Divine providence. Nevertheless, in honor of the Eternal, we must attend to and remedy the three great shortcomings discussed above.