Jewish values versus interests

An interesting piece by Sultan Knish explores potential conflicts between values and interests.  He writes

“The problem with values is that you have to live with their consequences. When your values dictate that terrorists deserve all the protections of the civilian justice system, then you have to be ready to live with the explosions. If your values dictate minimal population growth, then you have to accept the consequences of extinction. Values that are contrary to survival carry their own natural cost. And when your values are at odds with your interests, then your values might as well be an open window, a loaded revolver or a dose of strychnine.  Liberal Jews like to talk about Jewish values rather than Jewish interests, because their values are incompatible with Jewish interests– even as a matter of simple survival. The usual liberal grab bag of values that are represented by the Jewish hand puppets of liberalism, like Wasserman-Schultz, aren’t just alien, they threaten the basic survival of the Jewish People.

When asked to justify what interests the Democratic Party and American Jews have in common, the Jewish liberal dives into a copy of the New York Times and comes up with illegal immigration, abortion, gay rights and support for peace in the Middle East.  That list of Liberal Jewish values not only fails to align with a single Jewish interest, but each of them threatens Jewish interests… that is if survival is to be considered a Jewish interest.

Peace in the Middle East means aborting Israel, dissecting it into small pieces and repeating the process until there is no country left. It’s another case of liberal Jews trying to do to Israel what they have already done to themselves. To believe that pressuring Israel into making a non-stop roll of concessions to Muslim terrorists is a Jewish value is to believe that suicide is a Jewish value.   Illegal immigration, a cause that virtually every major Jewish organization has signed on to, means the mass migration of Mexicans to the United States. The ADL’s own survey shows that nearly half of foreign-born Latinos rate as strongly Anti-Semitic, over three times the rate of white Americans. (Bad news for the glorious civil rights alliance; the ADL’s strongly antisemitic ratings are 12 percent for white Americans, 35 percent for African-Americans and 44 percent for foreign-born Latinos.) The only way to make sense of this is that Liberal Jewish groups believe that increasing Anti-Semitism in America is actually a Jewish value.”

He goes on to write “There is a fundamental gap between the interests of those Jews and those of a liberal elite who claim that their Liberal values are our Jewish values. The values of the elite are linked to power while those of the population are linked to survival. The power of Liberal Jewish elites is inextricably linked to the decimation of Jewish populations, whether in the United States, Europe or Israel.

Jews who have grown up within the bubble of Liberal Jewish values are repeatedly asked to choose between their own interests, their physical, social and economic welfare, and the values that have been presented to them as Jewish values. They are encouraged to believe that betraying their own interests is a noble act of self-sacrifice for the greater good.

This is the same false choice between interests and values, between the low ground of survival and the high ground of moral superiority, that the left subjects all Americans and Europeans to on a regular basis. What all the lecturers on the theme of the moral high ground and the new value system have forgotten to mention is that a value system that is incapable of perpetuating itself is of very little use to anyone. It isn’t even any good as an act of martyrdom because martyrs are remembered by the people who share their beliefs.”

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2 thoughts on “Jewish values versus interests

  1. Some parallels exist between this article and the current debate here in Australia about boat refugees, just as there is a similar debate in Israel over how to cope with an influx of Africans. It represents a potential conflict between Jewish values and self interest. What should win out? Sultan Knish goes for self interest. If you can judge it to be a true conflict, I also go for self-interest.

  2. This article is the crux of the matter. How clearly it is spelled out. When you are in favour of Jewish survival, people call you right wing. I feel I was left wing until Israel gave back Gaza. This ‘high moral ground’ even seemed practical at the time. Then it blew up in our faces, and in the faces of all those who live within the firing line. How Alan Dershowitz can say that Obama is a friend of the Jews I can’t understand, except that Dershowitz is a liberal and a Democrat. Knish speaks of Mexicans, but what about Moslem immigration? What percentage of them are antisemitic? What percentage of Saudi-funded imams in Australia are antisemitic? (Wahhabism preaches antisemitism) And as long as extremist organisations like Hizb ut Tahrir are allowed to preach their extremism freely in Australia (while they are banned elsewhere) this hatred will only increase. But hey, free speech is an important value. We have seen it in England where protesters freely walk with banners saying “Death to the Infidel”.