Tachles with Aviel – Playing with the Bible in politics

Anyone who still does not understand that the Bible plays a role in Israel’s politics will never understand the Israeli-Arab conflict.

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: Bible, Israel
Israeli soldiers and civilians pray with a Torah scroll that survived the Holocaust at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip, December 21, 2023. Photo: Chen Schimmel/Flash90
Israeli soldiers and civilians pray with a Torah scroll that survived the Holocaust at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip, December 21, 2023. Photo: Chen Schimmel/Flash90

Israel’s political present is confronted with its biblical past. Others, however, see it the other way around, namely that Israel’s biblical history determines the country’s current politics. Over the years we have written repeatedly about the biblical acrobatics of politics in the Holy Land, which is often difficult for many people abroad to understand. The Bible is not a foreign word or taboo in the Israeli media, just as the Koran determines politics among our neighboring countries. The funny or tragic thing is that most foreign journalists report on the war in Gaza from a so-called “neutral, objective and non-religious perspective,” thereby making a tactical error. Western – i.e. Christian – journalists thus agree with the Palestinian liberation struggle and the Muslims’ claim to the Promised Land. It’s just a shame that no one sees what’s really going on.

As a reminder, the aim of the barbaric attack on October 7th was to liberate Jerusalem and penetrate deep into Israel. What in some ways stopped the Hamas terrorists and saved Israel from an even worse invasion was the Nova music festival in Re’ím. The crowds and the young women drove the terrorists crazy. There are officers who believe that without Nova (which featured a Buddha statue), the terrorists would have penetrated much deeper. Hamas invaded the country on Islamic grounds and Israel defends the country on biblical grounds. Those who do not understand this are the West, which has lost its religious and spiritual basis in politics. Not so in Israel and in the Arab countries of the region.

In the weekly television program “Meet the Press” (N12), moderator and host Amit Segal asked international strategy consultant and campaign manager Moshe Klughaft how he sees the future for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Is there still hope for the Israeli premier? According to Segal, Netanyahu wants to overthrow the Hamas regime and then make peace with Saudi Arabia. This is too conspiratorial a story for Klughaft. “I think that the person who is responsible for a massacre of biblical proportions cannot, in principle, remain at the head of the government. No trick will help,” emphasized Klughaft, who was named by Forbes as one of the most influential people under the age of 40 in Israel, and was named among the 50 most influential Jews in the world in 2020 by The Jerusalem Post. Klughaft comes from the right-wing corner of Israeli politics and is somewhat religious. Normally, he would defend Netanyahu, but that is no longer possible, even for Klughaft. Like Segal and many others in the media, he interprets Israel’s political situation in light of biblical events. As he should.

Klughaft and others see the barbaric attack on southern Israel as a biblical event. The Amalekites invaded the country, raped and massacred Israel’s women, shot and beheaded children, adults and soldiers, abducted entire families with babies and mothers to the Gaza Strip, and committed every atrocity imaginable. A terrible scenario, like in biblical times. Nobody would have dreamed of such a thing happening in our generation.

On the first Friday in November, Netanyahu addressed the Israel Defense Forces and wished them God’s blessings for their mission in the Gaza Strip. And he did so with reference to the Bible. “Warriors, servicemen and women, dear security forces, messengers of the people and the state, you are the basis of the existence of the people of Israel, for thousands of years, in the constant fight for our lives and for our freedom,” Netanyahu emphasized. At the beginning of his speech he said: “From time immemorial we have fought against bitter enemies who wanted to completely destroy us. Equipped with the power of the Spirit and the righteousness of the Way, we resolutely opposed those who wanted to destroy our souls and our lives. The current war against the Hamas murderers is another chapter in the generational history of national resistance. We remember the images of the terrible massacre on October 7th. Before our eyes we see our murdered brothers and sisters, the wounded, the kidnapped, the fallen soldiers. ‘Remember what the Amalekites did to you.’”

Photo: Koby Gideon/GPO

Even the president of the left-leaning Tel Aviv University, Prof. Ariel Porat, spoke about Israel and the Amalekites in an extraordinary speech in November: “Remember what the Amalekites did to you when you left the land of Egypt.” And then the professor quoted the Bible verse: “You shall destroy the memory of the Amalekites from under heaven. Don’t forget it!” But especially in the right-wing and religious media, the political situation is interpreted in the context of the Bible. Rabbis and religious politicians speak openly on camera about God punishing His people for disobedience and internal strife, and biblical examples are given. Israel is called to repentance so that God’s grace and blessing can become effective again.

See related: Israel is finally ready to destroy Amalek, but the Christians won’t allow it

And not only that: For weeks on our Telegram channel we have described how Israeli soldiers praise God in prayer and in song in the middle of the Gaza war. How they lit Hanukkah lights, and read from Torah scrolls. How four armored bulldozers formed a protective wall around praying soldiers, how officers encouraged their soldiers with the promises of the God of Israel, and much more.

https://youtu.be/xUbqIq_XHRU?si=iunEt2zDpvZiRIzt

The Bible is not just some clever campaign scheme in Israeli politics. Israeli politics play by the notes of the Bible. And that has become increasingly clear since the outbreak of the Simhat Torah War.

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One response to “Tachles with Aviel – Playing with the Bible in politics”

  1. G. Ian Goodson says:

    Aviel, really? Western i.e. Christian? John 3:16. Western journalists are the products of decades of spiritual decline. They are not born Christian. Some may be cultural Christians. Most have little or no Biblical understanding. This latter is the heart of the problem. As a f0rmer Religious Studies teacher (UK) , the times I have had to say,” Just because you are white, doesn’t make you Christian”.

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