By Prof. Paul Eidelberg
Israel’s political and judicial elites may well be the country’s most
dangerous enemies, but one would never know this from Israel's free
Recall MK Yael Dayan's gathering of gays and lesbians in the Knesset
back in 1993. Instead of arousing public attention regarding the
significance of homosexuality and whether it should be legalized, the
press was titillated by Miss Dayan's mindless if not malicious attempt
to defend that gathering of homosexuals in terms of the friendship
between David and Jonathan portrayed in the Bible of Israel!
Instead of informed public debate and serious deliberation in the
Knesset on this important issue, Israel eventually succumbed to judicial
fiat. The Supreme Court, dominated by its high priest of moral
equivalence, judge Aharon Barak, decreed that homosexuality is legal.
The morally free press didn’t even blink.
Steeped in transience and trivia, the press will not publish serious
arguments against homosexuality. The Fourth Estate is quite willing to
remain silent while moral egalitarians like Yael Dayan and Aharon Barak
prescribe the amoral lifestyle of the Jewish state. Well, though it’s a
bit late in the day, let’s probe the issue.
Beginning on the surface, even gays and lesbians must admit that no
nation can survive on the basis of strict homosexuality. Since
homosexual behavior, by definition, precludes procreation, the existence
of gays and lesbians ultimately depends on heterosexuals. Thus, if
national survival is a moral imperative, homosexuality and
heterosexuality are not morally equal.
Moreover, since homosexuality is not conducive to parenthood and the
self-sacrifice involved in the raising of children, it tends to foster
self-indulgence. This is not to say that self-indulgence will not be
found among heterosexuals, or that all homosexuals are devoid of public
spiritedness. I am speaking only of tendencies, but tendencies that
wise statesmen and wise judges dare not disregard.
Self-indulgence or egoism is of course a natural and most powerful
inclination of human nature, an inclination which the laws of any decent
nation will place under due restraint. To the extent that homosexuality
conduces to self-indulgence, it undermines civic virtue, without which
no nation can long endure. Hence the egalitarianism that places
homosexuals and heterosexuals on the same moral and legal level is
fallacious and pernicious, especially in a minuscule state like Israel.
Nevertheless, Israel's late prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, once said he
"sees no reason" why gays should not serve in the Israel Defense Forces.
The same Rabin appointed Shulamit Aloni minister of education, even
though she not only advocated the legalization of sodomy, but scorned
Jewish patriotism as "chauvinism"!
It seems never to have occurred to Ms. Aloni that patriotism involves
love of one's people and a willingness to fight and sacrifice in defense
of its heritage. To mock patriotism is to foster self-indulgence or
egoism and even contempt for one’s people. It was such contempt that
prompted Shulamit Aloni to embrace that enemy of the Jewish people, PLO
spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi. But who is the more dangerous enemy, the
obvious or the unobvious?
It was Israel’s unobvious enemies that assembled in the Knesset and
legalized, on the very same day, both prostitution and meetings with PLO
terrorists (January 15, 1993). On that fateful day Yael Dayan hastened
to Tunis to embrace the greatest enemy of the Jewish people since
Hitler, PLO chief Yasser Arafat! The legalized degradation of women was
thus followed by the legalized degradation of a nation. Or to put it
another way: by placing whores on the same level as decent women, the
law also placed Arab thugs on the same level as Jews.
Yet Israeli spokesmen complain of the moral equivalence to which Israel
is subjected by foreign journalists and politicians! Apparently, these
spokesmen are unaware of the moral equivalence that permeates Israel own
ruling elites, be they politicians or judges.
Moral equivalence is a sign of moral indifference, hence of nihilism.
Too many Israeli politicians and judges have no clear understanding of
what distinguishes the human from the sub-human, even though the term
“human dignity” is so often on their lips. Perhaps this is one reason
why Israeli governments have allowed Arab terrorists to murder so many
Jews. Israel’s ruling elites may well be the country’s most dangerous
from the November 2002 Edition of the Jewish Magazine