A Clarification of Rabbi Asher Lopatin’s Political Views on Israel


I wanted to clarify by views on Israel by listing my basic views on the State of Israel and how to secure her future as the Jewish State for ever and ever.  Of course, it all depends on God, and we have “bitachon” – trust – that God will bless Israel and ensure her existence.  My list below outlines the efforts we need to make as a people – whether in Israel or in the Diaspora -to support God’s gift to our People.  I do not believe any of these ideas contradict earlier postings I have made on this blog or anywhere else.

So, for the record:

A Summary of Rabbi Asher Lopatin’s Political Views on Israel

1)      Israel is the historic and eternal homeland of the Jewish People, and Zionism is the modern expression of that national, religious and moral expression of the Jews’ connection to the Land of Israel.  The State of Israel is a Jewish State, with all the moral, ethical, national and religious responsibilities that term calls for.

2)      The State of Israel is the bulwark defending Jews in Israel and all over the world: its existence and security is critical to the survival of Jews everywhere.

3)      No part of the historic Israel should be off limits for Jews; Jews should be allowed to live and build communities wherever feasible in the Land of Israel.

4)      Jerusalem has been the political and spiritual capital of the Jewish people since the days of King David.  It has been reunited and restored as the Jewish capital and will, God willing, remain so for all time, under the sovereignty and protection of the State of Israel.

5)      A strong Israel Defense Force, stationed everywhere Jews live or can live, is the best strategic guarantee of peace and security for all the inhabitants of Israel.

6)      Zev Jabotinsky, the great Revisionist Zionist, laid out goals which are true and necessary today, and I adapt those goals to today’s situation:

a)      The State of Israel needs to be a refuge open for Jews from all over the world and encouraging aliya

b)      The State of Israel needs to maintain a Jewish majority – ideally built from gathering Jews from around the world

c)       The Arabs living in the Land of Israel, and everywhere, need to know clearly that the Jews are in Israel to stay, that we intend to remain the majority and that the State of Israel will do whatever is necessary to provide for the security and continued existence of the Jews in Israel.

d)      The needs –  social, economic and national –  of the indigenous Arabs of Israel must be addressed, but only within the framework of the security and continued existence of the Jews in the State of Israel.

7)      The best thing for Judaism in Israel is to look into the separation of “church and State” which works so well in America to allow for passionate religion while maintaining religious diversity.  The free market of religion is a power engine to provide for people’s spiritual needs.

8)      The free market in general, including free trade, is the bulwark of a strong, innovative and diverse economy.

2 Responses to A Clarification of Rabbi Asher Lopatin’s Political Views on Israel

  1. kalonymos says:

    I am surprised that you express such strong support for free trade and the free market, when you are known for your support of collective bargaining. Surely, you must at least temper your support for the free marker with strong regulations to insure that worker, consumer, and community rights are protected, as well as strong labor laws requiring employers to recognize workers’ unions and collective bargaining so that basic working conditions and living wages are not as subject to downward market pressures?

    • Asher Lopatin says:

      Yes – clearly need regulations to allow unions to operate, though if workers choose not to unionize, they should not be required to do so. I see both sides of the current issue regarding the Employee Free Choice Act, as far as the card check process, but in general I am more in favor of a secret ballot, under strict government supervision, rather than allowing the unions to get people to sign cards in an open way. Definitely need strict consumer, environmental and regulations and watchdog groups to enforce this.

      Asher Lopatin

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