Among the public statements issued by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week were repeated claims about the strength of the country’s economy and adamant insistence the international community acknowledge Israel’s status as a “Jewish state.” But, what stood out most was a statement made by one of Netanyahu’s aides denying the Prime Minister’s 23-year-old son Yair was dating a 25-year-old woman from Norway.There is only one reason that, in 2014, Israel’s head of state would be required to respond to reports that his son is in a romantic relationship with another consenting adult: the woman in question is not Jewish.’ He was working as a receptionist at a surfing hostel when I met him. Great seduction skills plus wonderful tactic equals stupid girl who offers to have sex with you. But sometimes, there is a part of you that says “What about now? What if you die tomorrow and this would be the greatest sensual experience of your life? These two guys are a great example of how to seduce a woman.Super relaxed, witty and flirty, he was charming but not my type. He was really good at kissing, so I wondered what else he might be good at… He merely asked “So, how are you feeling about this? I gotta say though, the sex was completely worth it. He was very dominating and he knew how to take charge. Both waited and slowly seduced me until I just succumbed.To fool oneself through this tactic is to lose control over oneself.Romantic love is not always related to real love, especially when it ignores the true personalities and mutual interest of those involved.Modern novels, movies, magazines, and television programs which fantasize and glorify the notion of “romantic love” are describing a type of ideal relationship that may exist in literary form or in the poetic imagination, but which bears very little resemblance to what love is all about in the everyday world of real life.People who read love stories or watch television programs should realize that while courtship, chivalry, romance and passion do play their separate and respective roles in the dramatic awakening and eventual attainment of satisfaction in love, these are all elements in a process, but they do not by any means add up to the whole of the love experience.
For all of Israeli history, the power to determine who may marry and who may not has been held by a network of fundamentalist, ultra-Orthodox rabbis.
In Israel, any Jewish person who dates a non-Jew is not only bucking serious social pressure to date within the community, but also heading toward direct collision with the state, which does not permit so-called mixed marriages.
Naturally, a person with as much money and power as Yair Netanyahu can easily circumvent the legal hurdles put in place to prevent miscegenation.
Only the word of certain rabbis is trusted, and the list of acceptable rabbis is very short.
If either the bride or groom is considered not to be Jewish enough, the rabbis do not allow the wedding to take place.