Jeffrey Goldberg recently stated his "official" "centrist" position:
and anti-Zionism should be fought
My first thought was that this statement is ridiculous, since we all know that both anti-Zionism and the Jewish communities to which Goldberg refers ... DO exist. So why play games?
Fortunately for Goldberg, Yisrael Medad enjoys a more moderate temperament than I am able to muster these days, and takes the time to explain to Goldberg, quite kindly, that returning to, residing in and developing Eretz Yisrael is not simply a modern political strategy but first, foremost and essentially, part and parcel of every Jew's relationship to the will of Hashem, from ancient times into the present. This particular command is known as the "Fourth Mitzvah" according to Nachmanides (13th century).
In his commentary, Nachmanides proclaims this doctrine forcefully:
In my opinion, this constitutes a positive command of the Torah, wherein He [G-d] commanded them [the people of Israel] to settle in the land and inherit it; for He gave it to them; and they should not reject the heritage of the Lord! Should it enter their mind, for instance, to go and conquer the land of Shinar [Babylon] or Assyria or another country and settle therein, they would have transgressed the commandment of the Lord...
No games here. You can obey, yearn and strive to obey, or transgress -- whether knowingly or unknowingly. And whichever you do, it should constitute stepping UP the ladder, not down, from where you were earlier. At least that's my understanding.
It's possible that Goldberg may not be acquainted with the wisdom of his Jewish heritage, or he may be acquainted but not understand it, or maybe he's just "stiff-necked" and has decided to believe that he himself is in charge, without reference to his Creator - Who, for some Holy reason beyond our understanding, decided that Goldberg should be born a Jew (and not me?! waaahh).
My two cents would be that there is neither safety nor virtue in straddling this fence. I just can't imagine that a "centrist" position, no matter how cleverly worded, will prove sustainable in the long term.