Michael Boyden

Destroying Israel Step by Step

First they murdered Yitzhak Rabin z”l.
Then Bibi told Rabbi Kaduri that the Left had forgotten what it meant to be Jewish.
Then Right-wing activists and politicians denounced the Left as being enemies and traitors.
Then populist right-wingers talked of restoring sovereignty to the people by taking it back from those they saw as unelected elites and bureaucrats.
Then the government passed legislation discriminating against Israel’s non-Jewish citizens.
Then Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked acted to constrain the Supreme Court.
Then Bibi formed the most right-wing government in Israel’s history and appointed Itamar Ben Gvir, convicted of racial incitement, as Minister of National Security.
Then they criticized the state prosecutor, the attorney general and the police for not marching to their orders.
Then they struck down the reasonableness law obligating the government to apply rational and relevant considerations in its decision-making process.
Then they used policemen on horseback and water cannons to frighten and harm demonstrators.
Then they forced Tel Aviv’s police chief, Ami Eshed, to quit after he refused to “break bones” at protest rallies.
Then Katy Perry, Israel Prison Service commissioner, said she would be leaving at the end of the year because of tensions between her and Ben Gvir.
Then the police announced that they would be instituting judicial proceedings against anyone making an unreasonable amount of noise during demonstrations.
And then they wonder why some Israelis are considering leaving the country, why the shekel is tumbling, why volunteer reservists in the armed forces no longer wish to serve, and why hundreds of thousands of Israelis have been turning out to protest every week for the past thirty weeks in defence of a country that they see being destroyed.
Urban myth has it that if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water it will instantly leap out. But if you put it in a pot filled with pleasantly tepid water and gradually heat it, the frog will remain in the water until it boils to death.

We tend to accept things that creep up on us slowly but steadily, even when they take control of our lives. But one day we wake up and find ourselves in boiling water. And then it is too late.

About the Author
Made aliyah from the UK in 1985, am a former president of the Israel Council of Reform Rabbis and am currently rabbi of Kehilat Yonatan in Hod Hasharon, Israel.
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