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Tamuz, 5769

7.2009

 

 

 Shalom,

This month's IZS newsletter contains an update of our activities in the fight against the privatization of state lands, a new publication on the harmful predicament of the study of Civics in the state schools, and an announcement regarding our leadership program.

Updates

 

The Privatization of the Israel Lands Authority (ILA)

 

During the past two months, the Institute for Zionist Strategies has been working to clarify the danger of privatizing state lands as part of the ILA Reform.  Without getting into the technical aspects, it is clear that the ILA Reform in its current format, without our strongly recommended corrections, may bring serious, negative and far-reaching consequences for the future of the State of Israel as a Jewish state. Moreover, the agreement reached between the State and Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael (KKL or JNF) which the government deemed necessary to effectuate the privatization and which entails the transfer by KKL of its valuable municipal lands to the state in return for virtually worthless lands mostly in the South Negev, disqualifies the KKL from serving as an honest trustee of the lands owned by the Jewish People as required by the KKL  mission and charter.

 

The transfer of lands to private individuals and corporations opposes the Basic Law: Lands of Israel, which maintains that state lands are to be owned by the State in perpetuity and transferred for private use by lease only. This transfer of ownership violates the Jewish principle that the Land of Israel must not "be sold permanently", raises the risks of hostile acquisition of parts of the land, and wrenches these lands from the hands of the Jewish People and its future generations.

 

 

 

It was because of this Reform, that the ILA  insisted on the land swap described above, disgorging the KKL's main assets that were supposed to be faithfully protected and defended for the exclusive benefit of those who purchased them-the Jewish People- the very purpose for which the KKL was established in 1901 by Herzl and the Zionist Congress.

 

The Institute for Zionist Strategies has labored virtually around the clock to present the public, including members of the Government and Knesset, with alternatives to the privatization of the state and KKL lands. In the past week, it has become apparent that these efforts are producing results: First, the unjust and immoral agreement between the KKL and ILA was not ratified, due in in significant part to the formal opinion published by the IZS which sets forth the changes which could and should be made to the government's proposal. Second, Acting Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee, MK Carmel Shama, has expressed real interest in the initiative to continue leasing state and KKL lands instead of privatizing them, as proposed by the IZS and others.

 

 

 

Publications

Civics Studies

 

Over the past few years, the study of Civics has become an integral part of the Israeli curriculum. This development, which is to be welcomed, is flawed by serious failures.  Examples are inadequate development of the core curriculum, the use of a post-Zionist textbook, and the exclusion from the matriculation exams of questions relating to the Jewish character of the State. The cause for these serious errors of judgment is the opaque nature of the educational system and the granting of unsupervised power and influence to post Zionist academicians who have long dominated the college campuses and have now been inserted into the arena of public education. The damage to our young students and future citizens is inestimable and must  be stopped.

 

 

This position paper, written by a respected educator who still teaches civics in the classroom whenever he can, demonstrates that this failure is multifaceted: it undermines Zionist education, it prevents the introduction of different democratic models and alternatives, it fails to develop the student' critical thinking, and it aggravates rather than mitigate the tension between the various sectors of Israeli society. The full position paper by Dr. Yizhak Geiger, civics teacher and former member of the civics committee in the Education Ministry, presents the situation report in detail and includes summaries and recommendations. The project was initiated and commissioned by IZS.  Among other suggestions, Dr. Geiger recommends: revising the values and perspectives included in the core curriculum, restructuring the matriculation tests, and introducing new textbooks and supporting source literature into the curriculum.

 

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Announcements

 

Young Leadership Program 2009-2010 

 

The Institute for Zionist Strategies invites young men and women, aged 25-32, strongly committed to the future of Israel and that of the Jewish People, to participate in the IZS leadership and research program for the 2009-2010 academic year.

 

The program is home to a dynamic and passionately Zionist group of young women and men whom the IZS trains to take their places as the next generation of Israeli political and intellectual leaders.

 

The IZS does so guided by its own vision of future Israeli leadership: an active, idealistic and committed leadership, which will be ready and able to preserve and strengthen Israel as a Zionist, Jewish and Democratic society and country, the National Home of the Jewish People.

 

Click Here to Learn More

 

 

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