David and the Gambit

Some time ago, one of our faithful daily readers and a man whom I knew personally, stopped me on the street and asked me, quite arrogantly, “How much do you get paid for praising your editor, David Horovitz, in so many articles you write?”

I was both deeply angered and intensely offended. Before walking away from him in disgust, I turned my head and shouted while walking “there is no amount of silver or gold that could deflect from David’s honesty, his ethical character and his sincere personal beliefs”.

I am reminded of it in David Horovitz’s brilliant op-ed piece in our newspaper today on the issue of Netanyahu’s gambit and the fall of our democracy.

My only regret is that his article does not appear in the Hebrew-language media which is read by the greatest number of our reading citizens. Because so many of them do not read the English-language press they fail to comprehend the depth of our problems, often overlooked by the Hebrew press.

The thrust of David Horovitz’s op-ed was embedded in Netanyahu’s intention to pass into law one that, like the French law, gives immunity from punishment to a sitting prime-minister and to all seated members of the Knesset.

In other words, crooks, thieves, violators of public laws could continue in their high government seats of honor…. Seats which by themselves they all dishonor. Netanyahu is one such.

If he accedes to Bezalel Smotrich’s surly demands to be appointed Minister of Justice, our courts, like our democracy, would die.

Smotrich intends, if appointed, to reform all of our courts of law including the appointments of judges, magistrates, and justices to our Supreme Court . He would replace them with selected men and women who would agree to a new law giving authority to the Knesset rather than to the courts of law.

We now have racist  Kahanists,  anti-Arabs, and too many ultra-Orthodox medieval Jews sitting in our Knesset and making laws which are disgusting and hateful to every fair-minded tolerant Israeli citizen.

There are journalists, legislators and government leaders both in the UN and the EU among other agencies who have labeled us an “apartheid state”. While that term was correctly applied to the Union of South Africa following the Boer war, it in no way appears in Israeli society.

Our minorities are not beaten, starved, falsely imprisoned, murdered and denied human rights and citizenship. We, in no way, can be compared with South Africa nor with the United States of America.

In the southern states of the USA, blacks had to sit only in the rear of buses. They could not enter a white café or restaurant. There were separate drinking fountains for whites and coloreds. They had to sit separately in different sections in cinemas and all places of public entertainment. When a white person and a black person were walking on a sidewalk, each going in a separate direction, the black person had to step onto the street giving the white person the right to pass first.

Such a situation has never occurred in our country. Hopefully it never will.  Our Arab minority is guaranteed the same rights and freedoms of Jews, Our universities and medical schools have thousands of Arab students.  Arabs serve as judges in our highest courts and some serve as Israeli diplomats in foreign countries.

David Horovitz’s brilliant and magnificent viewpoint frightens me for fear that the gambit by Netanyahu, of which he wrote so clearly, may yet come true. It is a gambit for the right of our courts to define and to uphold our laws. It should not be in the hands of a corrupt prime minister who now wants the High Court to prevent any legal action against him during his term of office.

Interfering with our democratic legal system will, without doubt, signal the end of Israeli democracy.

King David ruled wisely as the  military defender of Israel.

David Horovitz is the literary defender of Israel. Not by the sword but by the pen and the computer.

I regret that he has not chosen to run in an election. If not Prime Minister, at least Minister of Communication.

There is none more skilled at sharing the truth than he.

And to the reader who once asked me the impolite question, my answer remains and will remain the same.

“No, I do not get paid!!”

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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