We, the Jewish people, are as if gripped by a demon. As we attempt to deal with our present external enemies, the malignant spirit grips us from within, demoralizes us, refuses to let us shine in all of our potential prowess and glory.
It is a political dybbuk, and to an arguably large extent, it is one of our own making. To survive and thrive, we must exorcise it.
The demon tears apart the Jewish nation's ancient family-based society and replaces it with a family-bashing regime.
When God, through Moses, handed down the Ten Commandments to the nation of Israel, “Respect your father and your mother” was in the top five. The Israelites, for their part, “did everything that God commanded Moses; that is the way they encamped under their standards, and that is the way they set out, each of them with their clan and family” (Bamidbar 2:34).
The tight family structure of Israel was visible from afar. When Balaam the magician was enjoined by Balak to curse Israel, “he lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe; and the spirit of God came upon him,” until he could not help but exclaim: “How beautiful are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel!” (Bamidbar 24:2-5). The word for “tent” – ohel – in this and other Biblical passages, is synonymous with “family.”
Israel's founding fathers, were, however, mostly socialists, and socialism contains an anti-family element: Marx and Engels wrote of the need to smash the "bourgeois family" where "the man is the bourgeois and the woman represents the proletarian." Marxism evolved, in the West, into modern-day "political correctness" of which the central pillar is the genderist or "women's rights" movement.
Conservative historian Bill Lind – who is not an anti-Semite – has pointed to the members of the German Marxist institute known as the Frankfurt School as the founders of political correctness. He has also pointed out that the School's members were all Jews, to a man. As for the genderists – alas – it is no secret that the leadership of this movement, too, has boasted a disproportionate share of Bettys, Glorias, Bellas, and other Jewish women.
A second stream, less loquacious but no less insidious, is the so-called “children's rights” movement. “Children's rights,” in neo-Marxist code, simply means “do not respect your father and your mother.”
In Israel, these two streams are represented in the Knesset, by committees that were established during the term of the same government that brought us the Oslo Accords. The Committee for the Advancement of Women's Status was established by then-MK Naomi Chazan of Meretz in 1992. Three years later, the Committee for Children's Rights was established by communist MK Tamar Gozhansky.
These twin movements – one supposedly representing women, the other allegedly fighting for children – strive to burn down the tents of Jacob; to tear apart the Jewish family. And they have been doing a very good job of it.
Through sophisticated propaganda techniques, assisted by academicians whose business is the fabrication of statistics, they have convinced many women that Jewish men are, in essence, predators. They are not brave protectors – they are violent abusers. They are not generous providers – they perpetuate a wage gap. They do not court women – they sexually harass them.
This brainwashing has created an entire class of women who see patriarchal society and the Orthodox religion that goes along with it, as their true enemy. Sadly, many women in Israel and in the west, choose to plan their lives in a way that is based on distrust of the opposite sex. This often causes them to postpone building a family until the very last moment and until it is extremely difficult to find a suitable mate. Some choose to have children without marrying. Marriage and the family are seen as a power struggle rather than a loving partnership whose goal is raising the next generation of Jewish society.
Many of these women depend on government benefits for so-called “single parent” mothers and lean on women's organizations for what they call, justly or not, their independence. In Israel, some of them occupy key positions in the government, legal system and the media. And they vote for gender warriors like Shelly Yechimovich, Merav Michaeli and Tzipi Livni, who they believe will take care of their interests.
Meanwhile, the “children's rights” movement in Israel has been hard at work, too. A law proposed by the Justice Ministry under Tzipi Livni in 2014 and named “Parents and their Children,” leans on this movement's ideology to determine that Israeli parents will no longer have guardianship or custodianship of their children. They will not be able to impose any decision upon their children without the children's consent, and when a disagreement arises – say, over a dental treatment, or a bicycle the child desires – the child will have the legal right to drag his parents to arbitration.
If this sounds like something from the Soviet Union or George Orwell's 1984 – that's because it is.
And so, the Jews who went their separate ways 100 years ago – some to establish the dictatorship of the proletariat, others to rebuild Zion, have met in the Jewish parliament in Jerusalem to wage what may be the most decisive political battle in Hebrew history. It is the confrontation that Winston Churchill described in his famous 1920 article, "Zionism versus Bolshevism – The Struggle for the Jewish Soul."
Right now, it must be said, the neo-Marxists are winning. The vast majority of Israelis – and citizens of Western countries – have been successfully brainwashed, the media is solidly in the grip of the genderists, judges and police officers fear their wrath, and attempts to convince those in power to defend the family are met with a terrified stare.
To defeat this, the Zionist Jews must come up with their own network of academicians, jurists, activists and lobbyists. What is needed is a pro-family body that carries out its own research on male-female relations and the family unit, and is then able to successfully disseminate its findings within academia. It will need a professional PR arm, as well, to receive media coverage, and it will need lobbyists, to take the message to decision makers and set them to work.
With these elements in place, it will be possible, at last, to exorcise our dybbuk.
Gil Ronen is a journalist for Arutz Sheva English, was formerly the Knesset correspondent for IDF Radio. He is the founder of The Familists (www.familism.org), a lobby for strengthening the Jewish family in Israel. In 1987, he founded Or Adom, an activist group against police brutality, which led to the establishment of the Department for Investigation of Police Officers in the Ministry of Justice