Miri Regev, bored by culture

Israel’s culture minister Miri Regev
insults artists, cultural figures

Middle East Online, 19-6-2015

Israel’s culture minister, who has clashed with the country’s artistic elite over accusations of censorship, has further fuelled the dispute by calling some of them “petty bores” and “hypocrites”.
The world of culture is an ungrateful world,” she said in a recorded interview with a women’s magazine which was broadcast Friday on radio. “I say to myself, who am I working for? For a group of ungrateful people who think they know everything, some of them petty bores, hypocrites…“


The minister called on Israeli artists to increase their outward expression of Israeli nationalism during performances.


Miriam “Miri” Regev (born Miriam Siboni on May 26, 1965) is an Israeli politician and a former Brigadier-general in the Israel Defense Forces, in which she served as IDF Spokeswoman. She is currently a member of the Knesset for Likud and Minister of Culture and Sport.
Regev was recently successful in passing a bill that would annex the Jordan Valley and place it under full Israeli sovereignty. The bill passed in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation.
In her view Jewish sovereignty in Al-Aqsa Mosque is the most important embodiment of the political, religious and cultural sovereignty of “the Jewish people on their land”.


Flashback: The land of Israel is ours
Knesset Member Miri Regev (Likud) offers Netanyahu
her version of speech for the US Congress

Miri Regev, YNet News, 24-5-2011

Honorable speaker, House of Representatives of the Unites States of America, distinguished Congress Members, ladies and gentlemen.

I, the prime minister of the Jewish State, am proud to deliver a speech at the House of Representative’s plenum, which holds a statue of Moses facing the speaker’s chair alongside a status of Maimonides
The roots of the alliance between the US and Israel go back to the first settlers who landed in the “new Canaan” in the 17th Century and continue with America’s founding fathers, who viewed Moses, Aaron, Joshua, Samuel and Gideon as a source of inspiration in the struggle for independence and for the federal system that turned into the world’s leading democracy.

Congress members…, in 1967, we were able to unite Jerusalem and return to the cradle of Jewish history that gave rise to the Jewish and Judeo-Christian traditions, which stand at the root of America’s morality, law and political system…

Against the backdrop of events in the Middle East, Israel holds a prominent place as the only state that is stable, trusted, holds proven capabilities and is democratic and an unconditional ally of the United States…

Israel aspires for peace with all its neighbors, but nations do not place the cradle of their culture and their security on the negotiating table…
The anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli incitement in the Palestinian education system, religious establishment and media, as well as Palestinian terror, reduces the chance for genuine peace.
Israel opened the gate for peace with the Palestinians when it initiated the establishment of a Palestinian Authority in 1993… However, since 1993 the education for hate and terror reached unprecedented levels.
The Palestinians must dramatically change their conduct in order to facilitate the fulfillment of the aspiration for peace.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish People, and not only to the Jews who live in that land. All founding founders of Zionism believe in this.
We are talking here not only about Israel’s security, but also about the Jewish People’s rights in the Land of Israel.
King David’s kingdom, the Hasmoneans and the State of Israel are all one and the same. All stretched out a hand in peace, and I too stand here before the nations of the world and wholeheartedly declare: We are ready for peace.


Maimonides has no concept of human rights
Michah Gottlieb, in: Moses Mendelssohn as a Guide for Orthodoxy

“A Gentile slave has to be enslaved forever … one of the main reasons being that since the Jewish nation is the elite of the human race … they deserve to have slaves serving them.” Maimonides

Maimonides has no concept of human rights and he does not deem tolerance a value. Thus he rules that one who does not perfect his intellect is not truly a human being; that a Jew without proper belief is not an Israelite, but a heretic whom one is commanded to hate and kill; and that one is not permitted to save a dying Gentile.
In contrast, Mendelssohn seeks to show that religious diversity, tolerance, and respect for human rights are Jewish values. For this reason, the slogan “From Moses to Moses there never arose one as great as Moses” was applied to him even in his own life. Mendelssohn addressed perplexities that Maimonides could not even conceive…

Mendelssohn is the Jewish thinker closest in spirit to the American founders.
Mendelssohn envisioned the removal of irrational dogma and superstition from religion. He was committed to values that we often call “secular” such as the pursuit of individual happiness in this world, tolerance, and respect for religious diversity, but he saw these values as deriving from religious principles.
Many Zionists hated Mendelssohn because they saw him as the father of the maskilic dream that Jews could be respected equal citizens in Gentile states.


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