I agree with you Steve and not for the first time. Please join the jewishyisrael mailing list on www.thetorahrevolution.blogspot.com. Having said that I would like to extend on your comment.
What's sad however is that even bright guys like Sofer fail to think outside of the box. And I mean fail to think Jewish. Why? Because they fear it is “unrealistic”. Or because they fear it would not be “understood”. I say these are unwarranted fears.
What do I mean? I mean that he actually types the fraise "Politics does not enable the existence of a pure and ideal state over time" - yet he shies away from drawing the only - Jewish - conclusion possible: quit politics!
The Jewish nation is the only one that have survived written history and this unique and remarkable and continuous victory is not achieved by playing politics. Quite the opposite: it's due to the rigid refusal of partaking in the compromise game, in what we call knesset today.
The only plan that proved itself over time for the Jews is G-d's plan. It might not be a "peace plan", sometimes it might even be a "war plan", we might not immediately understand its ins and outs, but it is the only survival or "how to be successful" plan and we know for sure that it works. You don’t need to be “religious” to understand this simple fact, it is enough to look into the mirror and see a living Jew facing you: a miracle you shouldn’t take for granted. This is the visible sign and should prove to anyone with a thinking head that we don't need to re-invent hot water, peace plans, road maps and whatnots. We have one plan we know works: the Torah!
That is why it is mind-bugling for me not to see a massive push to have Jewish Torah institutions in Eretz Israel: in order for us to survive in this hostile environment we have to break out of this Hellenistic trap called "democracy" we are forced in to. It is in fact unreasonable to think that our G-d given survival plan that worked for 5000 years, won’t work us now. You don’t need to be religious to understand this point: you need to be rational.
The Torah clearly tells us what institutions to set up in Eretz Israel and how to run them: the Beit Hamigdash on the Temple Mount in Yerushalayim, the King, the Sanhedrin and courts of justice in every village. We shouldn’t have this “democratic” system, it may be good for the nations, but it is alien to us.
Therefore the first step of action to survive as Jews is to disengage from knesset, from the alien system forced upon us. The first step for a Jew for peace is not to vote!
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