Bad Names

The Israeli Left.

I am reminded of the phrase “Ah tzaddick in peltz” (Rabbi Mendl of Kotzk).

Righteous men, who while lecturing, proclaiming to the cold, poor and hungry, dress in fur.

Exactly what is the Left complaining about?

Israelis have excellent health care, glorious food, a free educational system, ample employment opportunities.

Netanyahu has stewarded his country through a minefield of rapacious, snarling, hyenas.

In March, 2015, prior to the adoption of the Iran deal, he addressed the joint houses of the US Congress  and in a methodical, fact based, yet impassioned manner, laid out Israel’s case. He warned about the content and effect of the deal.  He did so at a time when the entire global Leftist press attacked him. Multiple Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times author

Thomas Friedman wrote article after article demonizing him. He called him 17 disparaging names, including “churlish” repeated twice in one article.  (February 4, 2015, “A Bad Mistake” by Thomas Friedman)

Every word Netanyahu said turned out be true.

Yet, instead of gratitude, there is sniping, gossip.

This Shabbat’s parsha was Ki Sisa (Exodus 30-34) wherein, despite having witnessed the miracles, deliverance from Egyptian slavery, the people, in the delayed return of Moses, build a golden calf and resort to idol worship.

Americans like myself, are chagrined at the Israeli Left.

Israel lives in the most dangerous area on earth, a cauldron of tribalism, weapons, and brutality.

The Left’s public defamation of Netanyahu is both morally indefensible and destabilizes the region.

Political opposition in a free society is of course, a guaranteed right.

But the Left’s personal vitriol against Netanyahu, speeds around the world and fuels Israel’s enemies.

It is not “within the family”.  It is not “we are unified in the end in homogeneous society with common goals.”

It is prohibited loshen hara, (evil speech) and, as it is written “hurts the speaker, object and listener”.

Israelis more than anyone, should know “You don’t give them the stick to beat you over the head.” (Southern expression).

About the Author
Elaine Rosenberg Miller writes fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous print publications and online sites, domestically and abroad, including JUDISCHE RUNDSCHAU, THE BANGALORE REVIEW, THE FORWARD, THE HUFFINGTON POST and THE JEWISH PRESS. Her book. FISHING IN THE INTERCOASTAL AND OTHER SHORT STORIES will be published by Adelaide Books in 2019.
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