Don’t look for a new Israeli political party for hope and integrity — it doesn’t exist yet. But boy, is it needed.
Hope and Integrity
Israel and Israelis are known for winning impossible wars. But this was often not accomplished with hope and trust. When there was no way out, we fought — and won — in last desperate efforts.
True, through millennia of barely surviving the Diaspora, we never gave up. But — that’s how it works — now we’re safely back in our homeland, our old despair plays up — and feels as fresh realistic hopelessness. (Desperation is always from the past, never from the future.)
Forty percent of the Israeli electorate doesn’t vote in national elections. The potential there is staggering.
Hope is not enough, though. We also need to notice disgust with the lies of politics. (Political parties almost believing in their own fairytales doesn’t substitute for honesty.)
Politics has never been an area where truth lives. This is compounded in the Middle East where reality and genuineness seem to have passed away long ago. But not from the hearts of the average Israeli voter.
If a new party would be founded expressing optimism and factuality, it would not only draw many votes for itself. It would enlarge all parties. And it would “force” all other parties to be more positive and truthful.
It should be a versatile party, willing to work and compromise with any political block, out to profit Israel. It would be frank and call a spade a spade. It would not stifle detail or compromise under any cloak of militant populist “principles.” It would respectfully disagree with and disengage from all militants on both sides of the aisle.
It would distinguish between terrorist leaders and the majority of their well-meaning constituents. It would believe enough in human goodness to organize that Gentiles in and around Israel learn to respect Jews.
It would not believe that all Arabs should leave Israel and must be humiliated to leave us alone. Nor would it believe the wishful thinking that true safe peace with Arab countries is already possible. Instead, it would employ moderate Arabs to teach the rest to turn hatred into love.
It would not believe that most business owners or trade unions would want all the money without compromise. Even the banks can be guided to share part of their profits with the populous.
I would demand that the majority in all nations (the working class and poor) develop solidarity with the Jews so that we can distance ourselves from those who have held us hostage for the long, the reactionaries and juntas.
Liars and opportunists have had no trouble to band together (and argue together) for decades. It’s high time that honest people start doing the same.