Encounter 243 – 04.11.2022

The first Friday of the Third Kingdom of Israel. We brought insights and assessments from the sad results of the elections.
Mark decides to bring some order to the circle and volunteers to be the first.
Mark says that in the last week nothing has changed in relation to Gaza. Yesterday they mentioned their existence (alarms in the Eshkol region) and he can understand them, they are trying to mention their existence amidst the general oblivion. Mark says that if he had a wish to do harm, he would go more for fire and less for missiles. But he did not wish and does not want to give them advice.
Malki came to breathe here and be filled with good things. Gaza is close and the desperation in it is great. Came to ask for hope. She met Radir this week when they were driving Bedouin women to the polling stations. The women who came to take part in the transportation made her feel good. There are good people (as well as here at the lighthouse). Malki adds that not placing polling stations in the unrecognized villages is really outrageous.
Itzik says that he understands reality differently “than you all” (and comments on the use of the plural). 80 percent of the Gazans want peace, he says, and 20 percent make life miserable for us and them. Itzik comes for the second week in a row and explains it by saying that he simply enjoys traveling with a good friend (Uzi) and meeting a nice group. But, he says, it has no scope because we have no control over reality. He tries to remember Golda’s quote and says something like that when they stop putting their children in the front it will be possible to talk.
Shmulik, between brewing one coffee for another (and also tea for the Malki) summarizes his words by mentioning his name, place of residence and gender identity “communist”!
Hayuta reads a song that Shmulik wrote- In honor of his birthday today! Yesterday, she blessed her kibbutz, where they also celebrated their birthday, and proudly noted that in this blessing, she mentioned Gaza! “There are results for the lighthouse”, she says.
Moshe chooses to talk about the elections, which he experienced personally when he sat at the polling station with religious representatives. The insights he has from these long hours together are a topic for another time. In any case, the shared experience was pleasant.
I, as usual, talked too much, so I will only bring one insight from my words. I say that the early Zionists were not religious and were even proud of their new secularity. But they were needed to justify the choice of this land and therefore put forward reasons of a “divine promise” (as Prof. Amnon Raz-Karkotzkin characterized the principle that guided the Zionists: “There is no God, but he promised us the land”). I continue and compare the relationship between Zionism and religion as a symbiosis between a launcher and a missile. The religion (the launcher) was supposed to launch the Zionist missile, but the launch went wrong and to this day they are entangled with each other. The religion has lost its spirituality and has become a political religion and Zionism is stumbling from the bottom to the bottom.
Nahshi also sat on the ballot committee. He did not believe that the results would be so decisive. He finds solace in the fact that Gazans continue to enter and work in Israel, but asks himself how long this will last in the new climate. In Nahshi’s opinion, you need to continue to strengthen the voice that believes it can be different. A place like the “Lighthouse” makes it possible to say this to others. The right thing to do at this time is to get out of the comfortable living room and be active. Moving, going out, that’s what needs to be thought about in the near future.
Uzi Second time around. He certainly finds the “Lighthouse” an interesting project, but he believes in a different, more active way of operating, as evidence, he brings the project that is gradually coming to fruition: this week Dovecote was placed in the Black Arrow. In this way, Gazans will also be able to participate without endangering themselves. Digital pigeon release brings hearts closer and does not endanger them like a shared bicycle journey for example.
Roni appreciates Uzi’s pigeon project and just wants to tell him that a few years ago there was an initiative by the Gazan youth committee to fly pigeons towards Israel. In Osa’s film, “Other Voices” (whose existence Uzi and Itzik hear about for the first time from her), she says that in the last scene, 3 people appear who fly pigeons from Israel, and someone in Gaza is waiting for them. Roni heard Sivan Rahav Meir, who she thinks is a smart woman, who explains that the right wing has become stronger because of the righteous arrogance of the left and the right should beware of that. Roni thinks that sometimes, in the circle, statements are heard that go too far. Out of a desire to do good to the other side, we eliminate the dangers that threaten us. Therefore, Roni says about herself, “In the eyes of the left I am not considered so left and in the eyes of the right I am left”.
The official round is over and Mark announces free speech.
Itzik says that Bibi is blackmailed. It is activated by the influence of the world and is influenced by everyone. In his opinion, the Israeli court should return to its natural dimensions and stop being active. to judge according to the laws enacted by the legislators.
Shmulik says that you have to work at eye level. Everyone must interact with Palestinian partners. Shmulik is not impressed (like many others), by Meretz’s failure to enter the Knesset. They are no longer really relevant to his words. Tells about a trip he took with a guide from Kfar Etzion. Shmulik told him that they both agree that they are in favor of a state from the sea to the Jordan but Shmulik thinks that all humans should be equal citizens in this country and the guide thinks otherwise.
Itzik agrees that there should be a binational state, but we should be the ones who decide on it.
Malki says that when religion leads it is very difficult to argue and find a logical way.
And there was also Mary who arrived after the end of the round, and also Liora who shared with us, through the wonders of the “Zoom” in her blessed activity.
That’s it, I didn’t wrote anymore.
This time we were: Mark, Malki, Itzik, Shmulik, Moshe, Oded, Nahshi, Uzi, Mary, Roni, Hayuta, Liora.
Written by: Oded