We were wrong to let Ben Gvir enter is probably the hardest thing to admit
Lately, the Left tends to claim that the High Court is our brave champion. I’m not so sure about that.
Also, the Right claims the Justices are wild, anarchist activists with no respect for elected officials or even democracy and the law.
The facts show a totally different picture. Too timid, too cautious.
When Ben Gvir appeared on the electoral roll, the Court was asked to ban him since he was a known racist. The Court rather did nothing, trusting his unsubstantiated claim he had repented. This Court often acts timidly while the Mishna says: Where there is no leader, be a leader.
Today, the news abundantly testifies of his anti-Muslim, anti-equality, anti-democratic stance. Even the proactive Movement for Quality Government in Israel has not yet petitioned the Court to eliminate his political career. Benni Gantz, the upcoming PM, seems the only politician who cares, besides high-ranking police officials who want him out too.
1. After a wave of terrorist attacks, the authorities have begun a wave of arrests of suspects but now the jails are over-full. He does nothing. He only talks empty words. Instead of preventing this danger, he argues with the prison authority about poor conditions for Jews jailed. And that Jews suspected of (intention) to murder should be treated with kid gloves. He does want the ability to jail Jews behind the back of the judiciary!
2. Arab neighborhoods are poorer and less safe than ever from criminal executions. The number of murders always high is now unprecedented. He does nothing. A whole slew of Israeli rabbis and Jewish educators call upon politicians to stop this. We need someone who cares and is apt.
You’d hope he is disturbed by the loss of life. He’s not. What worries him is: “Crime in the Arab sector could very well spill over into the Jewish sector.” The answer to the Antisemitic ‘Jewish blood is cheap’ is not: ‘Jewish blood is the most precious.’ Not in a democracy. Not for Judaism.
He reportedly said security forces need to kill “thousands of terrorists”!
3. So telling when even the right-wing Defense Minister Gallant wrote a letter to Ben Gvir against private militias under Ben Gvir’s command, which he calls euphemistically a national guard. Dangerous too is his promotion of guns. How Netanyahu supports these dangerous things is beyond me.
Ben Gvir said also: “My right, and my wife’s and my children’s rights to get around on the roads in Judea and Samaria is more important than the right to movement for Arabs.” Want to know how vicious that is? Exchange the subjects: “The right of Arabs to get around on the roads in Judea and Samaria is more important than the right to movement for Jews.” He should have said: “Everyone’s right to get around safely is more important than the right for everyone to free, unchecked movement.”
But the hungry-for-cameras party leader claims his critics are the inciters.
He is also upset when the head of police says he’ll obey the law over the minister’s dictates. This is, of course, the right thing to do when the law is fair and the minister an anti-democrat.
Great idea to stifle police volunteers from taking any stance in politics. This is in line with police and military personnel restraint. But to selling it as a ban on criticizing the government is too convenient and plain wrong.
I’ve said it before, going after him physically, or worse: his family, is abusive and misses the point. He needs to be dismissed.
I know today, in many Western ‘democracies,’ ultra-right-wing politicians walk around as if that is OK. But Israel must be a Light to the Nations! It’s not enough to keep up with other Supreme Courts. We must better them.