There is a widespread delusion among the dati leumi and especially in “Anglo” circles regarding the ethnic Jews, ethnic half-Jews and ethnic quarter-Jews from the post-Soviet space, the so-called “Russians”. Because these people are heavily overrepresented in the rank and file of the Yassam and some other organs of Israeli repression and because they lead largely godless, un-Jewish lives, it is assumed that they are loyal servants of the terrorist Israeli regime.
Because their only exposure to Judaism has generally been via the corrupt and corrupting heresy of the Israeli Rabbinate, many “Russians” are violently anti-haredi. Since they have never been taught the distinction, they often see no difference between one kippah-wearer and another and so act toward any kippah-wearer as they would toward the haredi heretics who have in the past treated them like dogs and continue today to do so. All of these factors have combined to cause the average Jew in the Holy Land to view the “Russians” as neo-Nazi thugs and willing kapos.
The truth is quite different. There is a mighty current of hatred for the Israeli regime and the Israeli ruling elite running just under the surface of the “Russian” community. The “Russians” fear the regime. They willingly take the bones it throws them. Among them there are many goyim who are willing to brutalize Jews in exchange for a piece of bread, to wag their tails in a display of loyalty and bark and bite on command in exchange for scraps from their Israeli masters’ tables.
These mercenaries are savage beasts, but they hate their Israeli masters far more than they hate the hapless Jews whose ceaseless torment the Israelis command. Indeed, push come to shove, they hate the Jews more not for their resistance to the Israeli State but for their failure, in the face of such brutal injustice, to stand up and fight for justice with arms in hand. What maddens the average “Russian” yassamnik in his heart of hearts is that, on the one hand, the Jews are brave enough to feebly defy the oppressive Israeli police state, but on the other hand they remain so stupidly loyal to this selfsame state that the methods of resistance they choose are utterly ineffective. When the “Russian” yassamnik places himself into the shoes of the “settlers” he has no choice but to simultaneously admit to himself that he has less courage than them but far more sanity, for were he to get up the courage to actually resist, he would not limit himself to the waving of orange ribbons.
The “Russians” fear the repressive power of the Israeli State and so take no action against it. But the vast majority of them are not stupid. They see full well the looming abyss into which Israel’s ruling elite is frog-marching the state. They know full well that they are expendable, that there is no room for them on the El-Al planes and chartered boats that will take the elite to safety at the last moment in the event of failure. They know full well that, while the elite enjoys its looted wealth on far-away tropical islands, they will die alongside the very “settlers” they are being ordered to oppress. They fear the elite and they hate it with a burning passion. The fear just barely outweighs the hatred. If the elite stumbles, if it shows weakness even for a moment, they will be the first to turn upon it and tear out its collective throat.
Make no mistake about it, dear reader, the vast majority of “Russians” would not want to live in Medinat Yehudah. They would, for the most part, rather be in America. But when given the choice between Israeli suicide and Judean survival, they will choose life. They will choose even sooner if they know that, in a true Torah Republic, their children will find a niche, whether as full-fledged Jewish citizens or as respected Noahide gerim toshavim.
The “Russians”, a community a million strong, are no friends of the Israeli elite. With the right incentive, with the right rhetoric, with the right propaganda and the right symbols, they will be our allies. If the Medinat Yehudah movement proves to them that the Jews are strong and the Israelis are weak, that the Jews will fight for victory while the Israelis play games with the lives of their sons, that Medinat Yehudah will treat them justly, honorably and humanely, according to a uniform, logical, predictable Law, even if they are secular or intermarried or not Jewish, they will abandon the Israeli elite and join our cause en masse.
The Israelis will seek to paint our demand for Jewish government as a demand to build a Jewish Iran, with psychotic “morality police”, book burnings and public floggings of women who wear short sleeves or miniskirts. The truth is, a Torah Republic would resemble Gilded Age America or Victorian England far more than Khomeini’s Iran.
Yes, there will be censorship, in the sense that visual pornography and indecent literature would not be readily accessible to minors. But no one is going to go around searching people’s homes for “indecent” art albums full of classical nudes.
Yes, there will be a public code of dress and behavior, but it will express itself not in floggings or morality police searching people’s homes for un-kosher food but in health department licensing being combined with kosher licensing so that an establishment cannot sell food to the public without a kosher license and in fines for public indecency. No one will flog a woman who goes out in a miniskirt or a man who curses in public. But the regular everyday cops will issue such people regular everyday tickets for public indecency in the exact same manner and with the exact same courtesy with which they would issue tickets for speeding or illegal parking. It will not be backs but pocketbooks that will feel the pain. And the same Halacha that mandates the hefty fines will also mandate the courtesy and discretion of the police, for it is a capital sin to cause a fellow Jew public embarrassment without extreme need.
Yes, Torah study will be mandatory in school and university. But no one is going to burn books on evolution or paleontology or physics or geology because the conclusions of modern scientists seem at first glance to be at odds with Torah. Torah and science cannot disagree. The Torah is the blueprint for all Creation. If science seems to disagree with Torah, we are either misinterpreting Torah or there is a need for further study in science. For both Torah interpretation and scientific inquiry there are exacting, well established processes. There is absolutely no need to disrupt either process in some benighted attempt to shoehorn one into the other. In due course, with progress, science and Torah interpretation will come to agree. In the meantime, we can simply note the apparent contradiction, register a need for further inquiry, and move on, taking advantage of both the benefits afforded by modern science and technology and the benefits afforded by a Torah-true oulook.
Nor will anyone force people to attend services on Shabbat against their will. What use are coerced prayers? What true Jew would call for the chillul Hashem of a Torah service conducted before a sullen congregation of unwilling parishioners held prisoner inside the schul by force and the threat of force? If people refuse to come to schul, this calls for the rabbi to go out and do kiruv, not for a bunch of gun-wielding morality police thugs taking some kind of roll call as if counting convicts in an exercise yard.
The only effect of the public enforcement of Jewish morals in a properly constituted Torah Republic will be that one would have to go online to order unkosher food or pornography, which will be quietly delivered to one’s door in discrete packaging, so as not to offend the public. There will likely be a hefty sin tax as well. Also, horror of horrors, Jewish children will begin their school day with appropriate prayer and mothers will be able to take their small children out in public without covering their eyes and ears every thirty seconds to shield them from the torrent of filth that courses through Israel’s current public sphere.
We are not Islamic barbarians. Nor will we act as such. The Israelis must not be allowed to win this propaganda war.
Now, dear reader, to give you a feel for what many in the “Russian” community really think about the Israeli State and its ruling elite, here is a translation of a talkback from “Agastheros”, a particularly honest, if vitriolic, frequent contributor to the Blind Samson’s Russian blog. As you read it, those of you who have not personally come into contact with “official” Israel would do well to reflect upon the truly African level of corruption to which the godless Israelis have descended in their anti-Torah shandeh of a banana republic, and upon the enormous chillul Hashem that results from this third-world cesspool being known worldwide as “the Jewish State”:
Many of those who were brought to Israel in the 1990s were young, practically still children.
After Soviet schools [which, for all their flaws, provided the best primary level scientific and mathematical education in the world — VM], they were placed into the local “MONKEY CAGES”, where they were in every way urged to forget the Russian language and everything else that they had been taught in the totalitarian system (there is freedom here – children can do whatever they want!). The constant and unavoidable pressure, the demand to abandon your own identity and self-identification, caused instinctive rebellion.
But, as punishment for the children remaining “different”, their native contemporaries beat them without mercy –ganging up in packs against individuals. There was no one to complain to – our parents had their own problems. Diploma-bearing Soviet engineers who had, over there, commanded giant factory subdivisions or even whole industrial enterprises, received pennies for menial labor in the factories and for the work of cleaning staircases. And the “Russian” children, boys of 12 or 13, were forced, for beggars’ wages, to wash the cars of “important people”, to collect trash on beaches while the children of the “important people” played nearby, to clear drains. “Russian” boys were being exploited, but neither the liberal press nor the communal civil rights organizations bothered to notice.
And after they were drafted, “Russians” were accused of breach of discipline and even of plotting mutiny for daring to speak to one another in Russian. We really wanted to protest the blatant discrimination, but we did not know where to turn. So we had to stay silent. Afterwards, it was the “Russians” who spent a month and a half or two months nonstop in Lebanon, while the children of the big bosses either dodged the draft altogether or served right next to home. When they buried our half-Jewish friends, who had died for Israel, they buried them like dogs—outside cemetery walls.
After the army, those same children of Israeli shits at once jumped into managerial chairs bought with corruption and patronage though they generally had no qualifying education whatsoever, while the “Russians” hit the proverbial “glass ceiling” time and again.
And there was no point in complaining anymore. At once there followed the accusation of not knowing Hebrew, not knowing the local “reality” and of being ready to do anything whatsoever for a bottle of vodka. “Russiot pruitsot” (the Russians are whores) and “stalinistim”.
Ah, but what happened when the Israelis promoted the natives of their own shtetl! At once there appeared peace and prosperity.
It is no great matter if the Israeli ambassador to France shuffles his mortal coil in the embrace of a prostitute – after all, a poetic death for a 68 year old man.
And it is all right if the council general to the United States is implicated in sexual relations with a boy from a hostile State, — after all the flag of Israel is half sky-blue. [The Russian homosexual rights movement adopted the color shortly before the fall of the USSR, thus Russian slang refers to gays as “sky-blues” – VM]
But when the ambassador to Romania asks for a Romanian citizenship even before his term as ambassador is up, why that indeed is simply a Mazor ![a play on the Russian word “pozor”, meaning “shandeh” — VM] Before he became ambassador to Bucharest, Sando Mazor held an exalted position in the Israeli police and in this high capacity ceaselessly struggled against the “Russian mafia”. Indeed the Israeli police are second to none! No one can be greater! In what other country could the guardians of public order brag that they were commanded by the man with iron genitals Sando Mazor, who ever readily proclaimed to all and sundry that he had “beitsim mi-barzel”! [Heb: “iron balls” – VM]
Because the Russian mafia could not be defeated or even found, the main warrior against it was sent to extraordinarily and plenipotentiarily represent the interests of the abovementioned State of Israel in the abovementioned State of Romania.
By the way, this is the same Romania that murdered approximately 380 thousand Jews during the Holocaust and where another Israeli citizen, Ofer Maksimov, under the nose of the police, the national bank and the foreign ministry, carried 250 million dollars, the which his loving sister procured from one of Israel’s banks.
By the way, they left the sister as collateral for the police and the bank and the money was transferred as a gambling loss to some Romanian no-one-knows-who in a casino owned by the Israeli you-know-who.
And what is really apropos, this casino, among other businesses, will now be extraordinarily and plenipotentiarily administered by the former chief of the Israeli police, former Israeli ambassador, future law-abiding citizen of Romania, the most honest and honorable Sando Mazor.
Learn and emulate, Russian mafia!
Apparently, ardent service to Mammon must be permissible due to important political considerations.
One can only marvel at the shtetl idiocy of the Jewish(?) State.
Israel will yet pay a TERRIBLE price for its gluttonous and depraved elite.
46-th place on the rankings of international mathematical olympiads is not easily earned.
Truly the old antisemite Voltaire was correct when he said: “If the Jews do create their own State – sooner or later they will sell it.”
Nota Bene: All of the above details are a work of fiction. Any similarities to Israeli reality are mere coincidence.
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