Are these the Israeli elections or the American elections? | 9/18/2019 | Staff
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Are these the Israeli elections or the American elections?

The refrains are now getting familiar. “This is the most important election in our lifetime.” “This is a vote for religious liberties.” “The left hates God and wants to snuff out religious faith.” Only this time, these are not the American elections of 2016 or 2020. They are the Israeli elections of September 17, 2019.

Jerusalem - Post - Tens - Thousands - Men

As reported in the Jerusalem Post, “Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox men and some women flocked to the climactic mass rally of the United Torah Judaism party in Jerusalem on Sunday to see and hear their great rabbinical leaders, to ‘sanctify God,’ and to hear that the election is a fight for God’s honor.”

Indeed, “in his latest offering of doomsday prophecies for the future of Judaism in the Jewish state, Shas chairman and Interior Minister Arye Deri said on Saturday night that a war is being waged against God and Judaism by the left-wing and centrist parties, which say they will not sit in a government with the ultra-Orthodox political factions.”


Does this sound familiar?

Just replace “ultra-Orthodox Jews” with “evangelical Christians,” and change the leaders from rabbis to pastors, and this sounds very much like the battle here in America.

Times - Israel - Politicians - Theocracy - Politicians

As summarized in the Times of Israel, “Secular politicians warn of a theocracy, religious politicians warn of anti-Orthodox persecution, and both sides say the soul of the country is at stake.”

Yes, “‘When religion and state get more space in elections, it’s always vitriolic,’ said Einat Wilf, a secular, centrist former Israeli lawmaker. ‘People understand the implication that their way of life is in danger. So the rhetoric in many ways plays into real fears.’”

Fears - Left

What are the fears of those on the left?

They fear a theocracy. They fear an ultra-Orthodox takeover of the nation. They fear that their freedoms – meaning,...
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