Overview of Ideology

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8.1.1 Ideology
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'''8.1.1 Ideology'''
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8.1.1.1 Introduction
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'''8.1.1.1 Introduction'''
The ideology of Betar Australia is derived from the writings of Ze’ev Vladimir Jabotinsky and operates in accordance with the ideology of Betar Olami. The ideology of Betar can be divided into two components: core values and extensions/applications of these values.
The ideology of Betar Australia is derived from the writings of Ze’ev Vladimir Jabotinsky and operates in accordance with the ideology of Betar Olami. The ideology of Betar can be divided into two components: core values and extensions/applications of these values.
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No change to this policy (Ideology) can be made without a comprehensive, in-depth analysis of the writings of Jabotinsky that pertain to the topic in question, which is to be presented along with the proposed amendment. A 75% majority vote is required for any change to be made to this policy. At least 75% of the bogrim of the movement need to participate in the vote in order for the motion to pass.  
No change to this policy (Ideology) can be made without a comprehensive, in-depth analysis of the writings of Jabotinsky that pertain to the topic in question, which is to be presented along with the proposed amendment. A 75% majority vote is required for any change to be made to this policy. At least 75% of the bogrim of the movement need to participate in the vote in order for the motion to pass.  
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This section, 8.1 Ideology, is to be included in the Betar Australia wiki under the relevant section.
This section, 8.1 Ideology, is to be included in the Betar Australia wiki under the relevant section.
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8.1.1.2 The Figureheads Of Betar
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'''8.1.1.2 The Figureheads Of Betar'''
The figureheads of Betar, known as the Three Guides of Betar, are Theodor Herzl, Joseph Trumpeldor and Ze’ev Jabotinsky.  
The figureheads of Betar, known as the Three Guides of Betar, are Theodor Herzl, Joseph Trumpeldor and Ze’ev Jabotinsky.  
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8.1.1.3 Ideological documents pertaining to fundamental values
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'''8.1.1.3 Ideological documents pertaining to fundamental values'''
The core values that constitute the ideology of Betar are found in Shir Betar (Appendix 2.1) and Shir Haneder (Appendix 2.2). These documents are understood by Betar Australia in the following manner. It must be noted that these concepts are rich and complex and cannot be fully captured in a dot point summary.
The core values that constitute the ideology of Betar are found in Shir Betar (Appendix 2.1) and Shir Haneder (Appendix 2.2). These documents are understood by Betar Australia in the following manner. It must be noted that these concepts are rich and complex and cannot be fully captured in a dot point summary.
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8.1.1.3A Shir Betar
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'''8.1.1.3A Shir Betar'''
Shir Betar is the official song of Betar Australia. The three principles of this document are taken to be fundamental values of Betar’s ideology in addition to those espoused in Shir HaNeder.  
Shir Betar is the official song of Betar Australia. The three principles of this document are taken to be fundamental values of Betar’s ideology in addition to those espoused in Shir HaNeder.  
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• The Jews must stand up for their right to nationhood and equality amongst the nations of the world.  
• The Jews must stand up for their right to nationhood and equality amongst the nations of the world.  
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8.1.1.3B Shir HaNeder
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'''8.1.1.3B Shir HaNeder'''
Shir HaNeder is the poem of the vow of Betar. It should be noted that the vow itself is no longer taken by Betarim. The seven principles expressed in this document are also fundamental values of Betar’s ideology.  
Shir HaNeder is the poem of the vow of Betar. It should be noted that the vow itself is no longer taken by Betarim. The seven principles expressed in this document are also fundamental values of Betar’s ideology.  
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• The heads of Betar are elected democratically. Once a head of Betar has been elected by the Betarim, his or her decisions for the movement are to be carried out provided that they are in accordance with the constitution.  
• The heads of Betar are elected democratically. Once a head of Betar has been elected by the Betarim, his or her decisions for the movement are to be carried out provided that they are in accordance with the constitution.  
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8.1.1.4 The Extensions And Applications Of The Fundamental Values Of Betar
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'''8.1.1.4 The Extensions And Applications Of The Fundamental Values Of Betar'''
In addition to the aforementioned values and principles, Jabotinsky articulated other concepts that are extensions and/or applications of the core values of Betar. These extensions and applications include the following:  
In addition to the aforementioned values and principles, Jabotinsky articulated other concepts that are extensions and/or applications of the core values of Betar. These extensions and applications include the following:  
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8.1.1.4A Ra’ayon Betar
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'''8.1.1.4A Ra’ayon Betar'''
The following notions, found within Ra’ayon Betar (The Idea Of Betar – see Appendix 2.3) are found to be extensions and/or applications of the fundamental values of the ideology of Betar. It should be noted that currently, not every component of Ra’ayon Betar is taken to be a suitable application or extension of the core values of the ideology of Betar.  
The following notions, found within Ra’ayon Betar (The Idea Of Betar – see Appendix 2.3) are found to be extensions and/or applications of the fundamental values of the ideology of Betar. It should be noted that currently, not every component of Ra’ayon Betar is taken to be a suitable application or extension of the core values of the ideology of Betar.  
The Mission of Betar
The Mission of Betar
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• Betar advocates the purchase and use of Israeli products in support of the Israeli economy.  
• Betar advocates the purchase and use of Israeli products in support of the Israeli economy.  
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8.1.1.4B Iron Wall
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'''8.1.1.4B Iron Wall'''
Betar encourages Israel to adopt the “Iron Wall” Policy. The Iron Wall policy is a natural implication of the values of Tagar, Betar and Magen.  
Betar encourages Israel to adopt the “Iron Wall” Policy. The Iron Wall policy is a natural implication of the values of Tagar, Betar and Magen.  
This policy involves the following:
This policy involves the following:
• Israel should display sufficient strength such that no other nation will attack it.  
• Israel should display sufficient strength such that no other nation will attack it.  
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8.1.1.4C Social Welfare
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'''8.1.1.4C Social Welfare'''
Betar holds that all nations should provide the basic necessities to their citizens. The basic necessities consist of housing, clothing, nourishment, education and medical care (The Five Mems). This policy is a natural implication of Hadar.  
Betar holds that all nations should provide the basic necessities to their citizens. The basic necessities consist of housing, clothing, nourishment, education and medical care (The Five Mems). This policy is a natural implication of Hadar.  
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8.1.1.4D Minimalist Liberalism
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'''8.1.1.4D Minimalist Liberalism'''
Betar advocates Minimalist Liberalism as a socio-political value system for government. This policy is a natural extension of Hadar. Liberalism refers to the notion that, when provided with the basic necessities, individuals generally make good, moral decisions. Minimalism is the system of government whereby government intervention is minimized to the greatest possible extent, provided that general order and the wellbeing of the nation’s citizens are maintained.  
Betar advocates Minimalist Liberalism as a socio-political value system for government. This policy is a natural extension of Hadar. Liberalism refers to the notion that, when provided with the basic necessities, individuals generally make good, moral decisions. Minimalism is the system of government whereby government intervention is minimized to the greatest possible extent, provided that general order and the wellbeing of the nation’s citizens are maintained.  
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8.1.1.4E Legionism
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'''8.1.1.4E Legionism'''
The historical application of Legionism, explored in Ra’yon Betar as an application of Defence (Magen) is that Betarim should learn to use firearms in order to defend the Jewish people against hostile aggressors.  However, it should be noted that this application is no longer relevant to individual Australian Betarim and it is not appropriate in our current historical and political climate.   
The historical application of Legionism, explored in Ra’yon Betar as an application of Defence (Magen) is that Betarim should learn to use firearms in order to defend the Jewish people against hostile aggressors.  However, it should be noted that this application is no longer relevant to individual Australian Betarim and it is not appropriate in our current historical and political climate.   
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2. A Betari is to prepare oneself through education and arm oneself with knowledge in order to defend the state of Israel against political or ideological attacks.
2. A Betari is to prepare oneself through education and arm oneself with knowledge in order to defend the state of Israel against political or ideological attacks.
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8.1.1.5 The Evolution Of The Ideological Concepts Of Betar
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'''8.1.1.5 The Evolution Of The Ideological Concepts Of Betar'''
Betar Australia acknowledges that the core values of Betar will remain as parts of the ideology of the movement for all time. However, the extensions of these values naturally evolve over time as the circumstances that the movement finds itself in change. As such, the following extensions and applications of the ideology have evolved in the following ways and for the following reasons.  
Betar Australia acknowledges that the core values of Betar will remain as parts of the ideology of the movement for all time. However, the extensions of these values naturally evolve over time as the circumstances that the movement finds itself in change. As such, the following extensions and applications of the ideology have evolved in the following ways and for the following reasons.  
Any amendment to this section must include the four following aspects:
Any amendment to this section must include the four following aspects:
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• A superior application that can be applied in the present.  
• A superior application that can be applied in the present.  
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8.1.1.5A Shtei Gadot
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'''8.1.1.5A Shtei Gadot'''
Shtei Gadot is an extension of the concepts of Betar and Zion. The original concept of Shtei Gadot asserted that the Jews have an inalienable right to the biblical land of Israel on both sides of the Jordan River. This includes the areas of Palestina-Eretz Yisrael, which was recognized in the Balfour declaration. This includes modern day Israel, including all of Judea and Samaria, as well parts of Jordan. Betar acknowledges that it is not a reasonable, nor a viable aim for Betar to reclaim some of these lands. Jordan exists as a legitimate nation-state. It could be argued that the literal application of the concept of Shtei Gadot would require a military invasion of Jordan in order to gain political rule of the country. As such, the literal interpretation of this aim does not allow for the political realities of our time.
Shtei Gadot is an extension of the concepts of Betar and Zion. The original concept of Shtei Gadot asserted that the Jews have an inalienable right to the biblical land of Israel on both sides of the Jordan River. This includes the areas of Palestina-Eretz Yisrael, which was recognized in the Balfour declaration. This includes modern day Israel, including all of Judea and Samaria, as well parts of Jordan. Betar acknowledges that it is not a reasonable, nor a viable aim for Betar to reclaim some of these lands. Jordan exists as a legitimate nation-state. It could be argued that the literal application of the concept of Shtei Gadot would require a military invasion of Jordan in order to gain political rule of the country. As such, the literal interpretation of this aim does not allow for the political realities of our time.
Betar does, however, recognise the validity of the underlying principle of Shtei Gadot. The Jews have a legitimate historical connection to the biblical land of Israel and had a political right to land on both sides of the Jordan River based on The Balfour Declaration of 1917. As such, the principle of Shtei Gadot requires that the Jews recall the land that we once had as a starting point for any land trade with foreign nations.  
Betar does, however, recognise the validity of the underlying principle of Shtei Gadot. The Jews have a legitimate historical connection to the biblical land of Israel and had a political right to land on both sides of the Jordan River based on The Balfour Declaration of 1917. As such, the principle of Shtei Gadot requires that the Jews recall the land that we once had as a starting point for any land trade with foreign nations.  
This principle responds to the dangers of sacrificing the land of Israel, which can lead to serious social, political and military problems in the future. Shtei Gadot calls for Israel to retain a long-term perspective when approaching issues of land trade. We must recall a time when Israel had no land of its own, and take care not to give it up unless this will legitimately serve the Zionist aims in the long run.
This principle responds to the dangers of sacrificing the land of Israel, which can lead to serious social, political and military problems in the future. Shtei Gadot calls for Israel to retain a long-term perspective when approaching issues of land trade. We must recall a time when Israel had no land of its own, and take care not to give it up unless this will legitimately serve the Zionist aims in the long run.

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