On the Audio version of this article I have an excerpt from a radio interview with Rabbi Meir Kahane in the USA. For more articles go to Rabbi Kahane Audio - TooJewish.com.
Rabbi Meir Kahane stated that it was in Israel's best interests to remove the Arab's from the nation and place them back in their Arab lands because they were nothing but trouble. He said that they could not coexist peacefully together. He said that Israel had to be a Jewish state and that the Arab's had 22 other Arab nations to call their own while Israel only had one tiny Jewish State. He was the forerunner of the modern Rabbinic Torah based Members of the Knesset (MK).
At the time his message started to prove popular amongst the ordinary Jew on the street who suffered at the hands of their violent Palestinian neighbours. But the entrenched Torahless left-wing political establishment hated and feared him. They would not even listen to him when he spoke in parliament but walked out en mass. Eventually he was murdered in New York in 1990.
But other's followed in his footsteps and today the political landscape is much different and there are many MK's in the Knesset saying what he said and calling for Israel to Annex Judea and Samaria and to remove the troublesome Arab population into neighbouring Jordan or elsewhere.
So now, many years later Israel is facing the same question, "what to do with the troublesome Arabs?" But this time it is not just a lone voice crying in the wilderness but many see the impossibility of living side by side with murdering Arab's. The 20 or so 'Oslo' years have only brought death and destruction upon the Jews. They had to put a fence around Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem to protect them from knife attacks, restaurant bombings and so forth. The Palestinians have proven time and time again that they do not really want peace but use every concession or territory that Israel gives them to attack Jews.
So let's have a read from one of the articles Rabbi Meir Kahane wrote to give you a flavour of what he was on about. In this article Kahane explains how Israel does not have true friends but her alliances with various friendly nations prove short lived. All nations act out of political expediency and self interest. Israel is alone and should put their trust in God. That message is as true today as it was 40 years ago when this article was written. On the Audio version of this article I have an excerpt from a radio interview with Meir Kahane.
There Are No Allies - 1972
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Saturday, December 18, 2010
There Are No Allies - 1972
WRITINGS (5732-33) (1971-73)
THERE ARE NO ALLIES
August 4, 1972
“Assyria will not save us, we will not ride on (Egyptian) horses.”
Fifteen years ago, in the midst of a military crises, Israel found for herself a good friend and ally, France, in the midst of a bitter struggle with Algeria, Morocco and the Arab world, extended aid, military supplies and all manner of needed help. Paris became a beloved name inside Israel and Jews from Ben Gurion to Peres to the Jew in the street – blessed the memory of La Belle France. Here was a staunch ally, our rod and our staff, our fortress in time of need. Friendship missions and societies sprouted and endless toasts were drunk to the eternal friendship of the Jewish and French people that was irrevocable and would endure for years to come.
To a differentiate a thousand times, the Franco-Israel alliance was no more enduring than Hitler’s dream of a Third Reich destined to stand for a thousand years. Within the space of a few years the alliance was not only in tatters but France had become the closest friend of our enemy and by realpolitick extension – our own enemy.
The arms shipments, the jet planes, the diplomatic support all stopped and the friendship Societies stood embarrassingly naked. In place of love there was now mutual recrimination and the Grand alliance was dead.
There is a lesson to be learned from this, one that is hardly new nor very complex. It is indeed a lesson in realpolitick that is universal but much more so to the Jew.
Nations pursue foreign policies that are based not upon love, admiration or respect for the particular political, social or economic structure of a fellow state. They do not plan their relationships on the basis of pity for a small state or sympathy for its plight. Self-interest is the key to policy decisions and, regardless of the ideology of the government; there is only one question that is asked when a decision must be made as to relationships:
“Is it good for us?”
Fanatically Marxist Peking will oppose freedom seeking Bangladesh and support oligarchal , imperialist Pakistan because Chinese interests so dictate. Trade with racist Rhodesia will be pursued by the “Workers state”, the Soviet Union, because it needs certain materials for its economy. Alliances and treaties can be made by democracies with Franco Spain and Communist Yugoslavia because the dictates of military needs (air bases) or political considerations (breaching the communist world) so call for. Deadly enemies of yesterday become bosom friends of today because the perpetually changing conditions so decree. It is good for a nation to befriend a ‘nice’ country it will do so; if it is beneficial to throw it to the wolves, it will – albeit reluctantly – NOT HESITATE TO DO SO.
France supported Israel not out of love of Mordechai but from hatred of the Arab Haman. It was a time when French interests dictated a policy of weakening the Arabs, and Israel was the French tool in that process. Too many Jews, and Israelis, still plagued with the need to believe that goyim love us for ourselves, fell victim to the illusion of French Judophiles. Such people are continually shocked by their eternal disillusionment.
It is against this background that the abrupt departure of Soviet personnel from Egypt must be analyzed (yes, the same process of political chess takes place among non-Jews, too). Yesterday there was nothing but love and eternal alliance between Moscow and Cairo; today, there is, at least, a dramatic cooling of the ardor. Jews are happy; it is a good thing for Israel. Perhaps. But perhaps the lesson that we continually forget is put before us through this event.
Just as the Egyptian ally has disappointed Anwar Sadat so could the same thing happen to Israel and, indeed, who can say how much the Egyptian move will impel such a thing? Who can say with authority, today, what effect the partial reverse for the USSR will have on American policy in the Middle East? What will happen when Egypt makes approaches to the United States on the following basis:
The Soviets are leaving and the threat to the West in the Middle East has been reduced. Here is your opportunity to regain Arab friendship (and lessen the threat to your oil). Here is your chance to defuse the threat to peace in the region. We are prepared to be reasonable and it is up to you to persuade Israel to do the same.”
Have we so soon forgotten that less than a year ago the Rogers Plan was being forced down Israel’s throat and that NO PHANTOMS WERE BEING SHIPPED TO Israel? Have we so soon forgotten that little more than half-a-year ago Secretary of State Rogers was bitterly referring to Israel as a state that was internally falling apart? Do we fail to remember that talk of an imposed peace on the Middle East was seriously engaged in by worried Israelis and that Israel was prepared to pull back from the canal – under intense American pressure? In short, has the memory of an America and a Richard Nixon pressuring Israel to return to the insane borders of 1967 with precious little firm guarantees, slipped from us?
Richard Nixon, as all national leaders, looks out for what he considers to be national interests. It is not admiration for Golda Meir that impels him to sell military goods to Israel but rather the hardnosed and carefully thought out deliberations that persuaded him – TEMPORARILY – that American interests coincided with those of Israel. On the day that Nixon is convinced that this is no longer true our eternal American ally will be a great deal less than that.
Of course, McGovern is a disaster for Israel under ANY AND ALL CIRCUMSTANCES since his idea of what is good for America is a policy that would throw small states like Israel to the wolves. But to recognize the menace of a McGovern is not to persuade ourselves that Nixon is the friend of the Jews. Nixon is the friend of America and primarily the friend of Nixon. He does and will do what all-national leaders do- what is best for himself and his own country.
That policy dictates a readiness to shift any given policy line at a moment’s notice (witness the incredible political betrayal of the Japanese who were truly staunch allies of the United States). America’s Middle Eastern line may have ALREADY begun to veer closer to Egypt and let us prepare for the worst – always.
No nation has any permanent allies. This is the foundation of foundations of Realpolitick. For the Jew, the normal process is escalated by his Jewishness and the readiness of non-Jews to look, more than normally, for reasons NOT to support Israel. Neither Assyria nor Egypt of old were reliable staffs upon which the ancient Jew could lean. Neither America nor any other state will ever be a permanent or reliable ally. There are no permanent allies.
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Here's some information about Kahane and his Kach Party from wikipedia.
Kach & Kahane Chai
Kach (Hebrew: כ"ך, "Thus") was a far-right political party in Israel. Founded by Rabbi Meir Kahane in the early 1970s, and following his Kahanist ideology, the party entered the Knesset in 1984 after several electoral failures. However, it was barred from participating in the next election in 1988 under the revised Knesset Elections Law banning parties that incited racism. After Kahane's assassination in 1990, the party split, with Kahane Chai (Hebrew: כהנא חי, lit. Kahane Lives) breaking away from the main Kach faction. The party was also barred from standing in the 1992 election, and both organisations were banned outright in 1994. Today both groups are considered terrorist organisations by Israel, Canada, the European Union and the United States.
- 1 Background
- 2 See also
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Kahane emigrated to Israel from the United States in September 1969, declaring that he would not become involved in politics. However, he soon became involved in controversy, initiating protests advocating the expulsion of Arabs from Israel and the Palestinian territories. In 1972 Jewish Defense League leaflets were distributed around Hebron calling for the mayor to stand trial for the 1929 Hebron massacre.
In 1971 Kahane founded a new party, Kach, which ran in the 1973 elections under the name "The League List". The name "Kach" ("Thus") was inspired by the Irgun slogan "rak kach" ("only thus"). The party won 12,811 votes (0.82%), just 2,857 (0.18%) short of the electoral threshold at the time (1%) for winning a seat. The party was less successful in the 1977 elections, in which it won 4,396 votes, and in 1980 Kahane was sentenced to six months in prison for his involvement in a plan to commit an "act of provocation" on the Temple Mount. The 1981 elections were another failure, with Kach receiving only 5,128 votes.
The party advocated a Jewish state in accordance with the Hebrew Bible. It advocated paying Arabs $40,000 to voluntarily leave, and expel those who refused. It argued for the annexation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and also wanted Israel to conquer and annex certain parts of Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Iraq which used to be territories and client states of the Israelite kingdoms. It was also opposed to Israel as a Western Democracy, and wanted to transform it into a more religious state.
Kach poster from the 1984 elections. It reads "This time [vote] Kahane: Because he is one of us! Give him the power to finally take care of them [Arabs]!"
However, events in the next couple of years increased the party's popularity. In 1982 Israel returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt as part of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty which involved evacuating Israeli settlers living in the peninsula. There was fierce resistance, particularly in Yamit, the largest settlement, where several extremists had barricaded themselves inside a synagogue and were threatening to commit suicide. Menachem Begin's government asked Kahane to act as an intermediary and convince them to give in.
Prior to the 1984 elections the party was barred by the Central Elections Committee for racism. It successfully appealed to the Supreme Court, which reversed the CEC's decision, ruling that the Knesset Elections Law (one of the Basic Laws of Israel) did not allow a party to be barred on the grounds of racism, but did suggest that the law be amended. In the elections the party won 25,907 votes (1.2%), passing the electoral threshold for the first time, and winning one seat, which was duly taken by Kahane.
Kahane's legislative proposals focused on revoking the Israeli citizenship for non-Jews and banning Jewish-Gentile marriages and sexual relations, based on the Code of Jewish Law compiled by Maimonides in the Mishneh Torah.
As his political career progressed, Kahane became increasingly isolated in the Knesset. His speeches, boycotted by Knesset members, were made to an empty parliament, except for the duty chairman and the transcriptionist. Kahane's legislative proposals and motions of no-confidence against the government were ignored or rejected by fellow Knesset members. Kahane often pejoratively called other Knesset members "Hellenists" in Hebrew (a reference from Jewish religious texts describing ancient Jews who assimilated into Greek culture after Judea's occupation by Alexander the Great). In 1987, Rabbi Kahane opened a yeshiva (HaRaayon HaYehudi) with funding from US supporters, for the teaching of "the Authentic Jewish Idea".
Despite the boycott, Kahane's popularity grew. Polls showed that Kach would have likely received three to four seats in the coming November 1988 elections, with some earlier polls forecasting as many as twelve seats (10% of popular vote)., possibly making Kach third largest party.
In response to Kach's electoral success and following up on the recommendation of the Supreme Court, the Knesset passed an amendment to the Elections Law, which stated:
A candidates list shall not participate in elections to the Knesset if its objects or actions, expressly or by implication, include one of the following:
1. negation of the existence of the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people;
2. negation of the democratic character of the State
3. incitement to racism
As a result, Kach was disqualified from running in the 1988 elections by the Central Elections Committee. The party once again appealed the decision, with Kahane claiming that security needs were justification for discrimination against Arabs. This time the appeal was unsuccessful, with the court stating that the aims and action of Kach were "manifestly racist."
Kahane's death and party split
On 5 November 1990, Kahane was assassinated  after making a speech in New York. The prime suspect, El Sayyid Nosair, an Egyptian-born American citizen, was subsequently acquitted of murder but convicted on gun possession charges. The party subsequently split in two, with Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane (Kahane's son) leading a breakaway faction, Kahane Chai, based in Kfar Tapuach (an Israeli settlement in the West Bank) and Kach initially under the leadership of Rabbi Avraham Toledano (later replaced by Baruch Marzel) in Kiryat Arba. Both parties were banned from participating in the 1992 elections on the basis that they were followers of the original Kach.
Following both parties noting their support of a grenade attack in Jerusalem's Old City, government minister Amnon Rubinstein asked the Attorney General to launch criminal proceedings against both Kahane and Marzel on the charges of incitement to terrorism.
In 1994 both groups were banned outright by the Israeli cabinet under 1948 anti-terrorism laws  following statements in support of Baruch Goldstein's massacre of 29 Palestinians at the Cave of the Patriarchs (Goldstein himself was a Kach supporter). Many of their leaders spent time in Israeli jail under administrative detention, particularly Noam Federman, who spent more than 6 months in lockup without being indicted. Yigal Amir, who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 was a member of Eyal (the Jewish Fighting Organization), established and headed by Avishai Raviv (a paid government informant) and portrayed as linked to Kach and Kahane Chai.
After being convicted for sedition for distributing pamphlets advocating violence against Arabs, Binyamin Kahane and his wife were both killed in a Palestinian ambush in December 2000.
Kach logo spraypainted on a cement block reading "Kahane Chai"
Kahanist graffiti in Hebron on a Palestinian home. The words to the top right say "Kahane Chai". The fist inside the Star of David is the party logo. Below is the acronym for "Kahane Chai" which is also the Hebrew word for strength.
Following the banning of Kach and Kahane Chai, the movements officially disbanded. The leadership of the former Kahane Chai formed an advocacy group known as The Kahane Movement. The group's activities consist mainly of maintaining the Kahane website, kahane.org. However, the Kahane Movement is listed on the United States' list of terrorist organizations as an alias for "Kach", though the group denies this.
The New Kach Movement existed during between 2001 and 2003 and maintained websites posting Kahanist political commentary and held meetings with informal members. Headed by Israeli-born student Efraim Hershkovits, it had chapters worldwide as well as a youth movement, Noar Meir. Upon returning to live in Israel in 2003, Hershkovits disbanded the movement to avoid harassment by the Israeli government, advising its former members to support the Kahane Movement. After the organization had disbanded, its name was also added to the United States' list of terrorist organizations as an alias for "Kach". Hershkovits was arrested on August 7, 2005 and placed in administrative detention for three months by Israeli authorities.
Today the United States continues to designate the group a terrorist organization, and says that it has engaged in terrorist activity by
The State Department also says that the group is suspected of involvement in a number of low-level attacks since the start of the Second Intifada in 2000.
- using explosives or firearms with intent to endanger the safety of individuals or cause substantial damage to property (including an attempt to car bomb a Palestinian girls school in East Jerusalem)
- threatening and conspiring to carry out assassinations
- soliciting funds and members for a terrorist organization
In the 2003 elections former Kach leader Baruch Marzel ran as number two on the Herut – The National Movement party list. The party narrowly missed obtaining a seat. In 2004 he founded the Jewish National Front, which gained 24,824 votes (0.7%) in the 2006 elections, less than half needed to win a seat. Michael Ben-Ari, elected to the Knesset in 2009 on the Ihud Haleumi list, where he represents Eretz Yisrael Shelanu, is a self-declared follower of Rabbi Kahane who was involved with Kach for many years. Jewish National Front merged into Eretz Yisrael Shelanu prior to the election.
Former Kahane Chai chief executive Mike Guzofsky continues to solicit funds in the US, with the support of US Kahanists.
A 2009 Haaretz story accused Avigdor Lieberman of past membership in Kach, an accusation Liebermann denies.