Elections: Arab-Israelis OUT, Jewish Terrorists IN. Who Will Say Kaddish for a Dying Democracy?

The news is in. The Elections Committee has banned the Arab-Israeli political parties from being on the ballot for the April elections. It did, however, permit the Jewish terrorist Kahanist Otzma Yehudit to run.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, who welcomes the Otzma terrorists into his coalition, has made another hypocritical remark: “whoever supports terrorism has no room in the Knesset”.

Not all Arab members of the Knesset promote nor support terrorism while the Kach Kahanist racist Otzma party loudly supports it and, if elected, pledges to continue its sick-minded efforts to transfer our Arab citizens out of our/their country.  Is this not indicative of Netanyahu’s rabid rush towards re-election?

Under the present regime, democracy in Israel is slowly dying. Slowly, but surely. Who will recite the kaddish prayer for a dead democracy?

If Arab-Israelis are required to pass a loyalty test, the very same test must be given to Israeli Jews. What is good for one, must therefore be good for another. It is called, I believe, “Equality under the law”.

Future history will record that never before have political and pre-election campaigns been so ugly, so filthy, so shameful, so disgraceful, so un-Jewish. We have never prior to this time witnessed a Prime Minister, a paranoid one, so obsessed with maintaining his regime, his Knesset seat, his high life-style, as we see in our once-dignified and honorable current Prime Minister.

His diplomatic victories on the African continent and his cordial welcome into the palaces of Arab potentates are insufficient to the average Israeli citizen. While traveling the world, he has forgotten the many neglected citizens in his own country.

Our health care has diminished greatly and rapidly. Patients die while in waiting rooms before they can be seen by a doctor. There are insufficient beds and insufficient care. And too many of our young doctors are leaving the country for better salaries and better life conditions in other countries.

While we excel in high-tech, nuclear technology and science, we are ranked very low on the ladder of humanitarian care to our citizens who require proper treatment.

I cite one personal example regarding that care.  Several years ago in New York I complained of abdominal pains and was taken to the emergency room in a nearby large hospital. Upon entering I was asked to fill out a form describing my health conditions, medications that I was taking, and a description and location of my abdominal complaints.

When that was completed, a nurse’s aide escorted me to a seat and asked if I would like cold water, tea or coffee to drink while waiting to be taken into the examination room.

While there, a medical student took my temperature, my pulse and probed the area of my pain. He diagnosed it as appendicitis and called for a stretcher to take me directly into surgery. Two interns and a nurse put me on the stretcher while the nurse held my hand to comfort me, walked to the elevator and directly into the operating area.

After the operation the surgeon came over to me smiling and said, “young man, you came just at the right time. Had you waited one hour or less more your appendix would have burst”.

I was taken into a semi-private room with only two beds, telephone and television, a daily menu for selecting choices of meals, and a private bath and shower. I spent 10 days in that room recuperating from a dangerous operation and every one of those days the surgeon visited me to ask how I was doing.

Compare that treatment to even one of the best of our hospitals in Israel.  No comparison, believe me.

Rather than listening to Likud’s praises of their leader, it would be more gratifiying to listen to his policy and promises concerning health and welfare in Israel.

If we are to remain a truly democratic nation  those parties recognized by the Elections Committee should be given equal freedom of choice by the public.

If our democracy dies, who of our Jewish parties in the Knesset will recite the kaddish prayer?

One thing is for certain: It will not be members of the Kahanist racist Otzma gang.

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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