Ettinger: Israel is not a Jewish state

June 8, 2016  

Meir Ettinger, the right-wing activist who was recently released from administrative detention, gave an interview on Wednesday to express his attitudes and beliefs.

“Our task is to remind others of the People of Israel’s mission, to clarify the difference between a Jewish country and what we have today, and especially to repeat over and over: ‘If you will it, it is no dream,'” he told Kol Yisrael.

Ettiner is named for his grandfather, Rabbi Meir Kahane, and was described by former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon as a “terrorist.” He was arrested and held in detention for ten months without any evidence of a crime. During this time, his wife gave birth but authorities prevented him from attending the brit.

“It’s difficult. It’s not easy. It’s very hard to be alone.” At the same time, he noted that “Torah and studying and the solitude that you obtain are much more dear.”

Describing his imprisonment, he explained that “We see that G-d ‘doesn’t need us.’ I thought about what we say in Adon Olam: ‘G-d is my miracle and my refuge.’ There are two ways of acknowledging G-d here: there’s ‘the miraculous G-d,’ in which He’s like a flag. There are times in our lives when we carry G-d’s flag, or sort of carry the stretcher. It’s not because G-d needs us to, but rather because G-d wants it so and chose us. And there are times of ‘G-d is my refuge.’ In jail we see that G-d ‘doesn’t need us.’ It’s very important to continue the work. G-d does everything out of choice.”

Today, Ettinger will join with his friends and supporters to celebrate his release. He acknowledged that he and his wife has received much support, particularly while dealing with their son’s brit.

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