Gabriel Mayer
Gabriel Mayer

Finally, A Chance for Democracy

Having just been tasked with forming a government, Lapid, Bennet, et al have come to a place of real opportunity.

This eternal “Left versus Right” ideology is very close to the “them versus us”, a historically well-known blight on nations.

Our government should reflect our population and this includes the Arab sector. Our government should include Left and Right, not one or the other.

Two years and four elections later the cancerous internal discord could wipe out Israel. I suggest we celebrate our differences and take advantage of plurality.

Consider the novel idea of reversing the Ostrich Approach to Diversity: Pulling your head out of the sand — a timely answer to the renewed urgency for diversity information, and quick implementation of the action. And all this is just considering internal issues. What about the Diaspora? Does anyone notice that half the world’s Jews live outside of Israel? These Jews, by and large Reform or Conservative are augmented by some Orthodox and secular Jews and none of them appreciate being castigated as non-Jews. This is being written at a grade school level on purpose. What ideological machination or alleged economic advantages would not stand up to common sense?

Besieged ay our borders by existential threats, our streets marred by daily violence, and our circle of friends versus circle of enemies orbiting around us, leave us little room to maneuver.

Now there is an opportunity to form a real democracy!

And now is not the time to go down the 1920s German rabbit hole. It ended rather badly.

I seize the opportunity! This may not come along for a long time.

About the Author
Born in Cluj, Romania to Holocaust survivor parents, he and the family fled Communism at age 10 and lived as refugees in Italy for about a year. Arrived to USA at age 11 A graduate of Boston University Medical School, Dr. Mayer was the lead investigator and first author for a series of published research that introduced to the world peripheral thrombolytic therapy for myocardial infarction, a first-ever event. These procedures are commonplace today and have saved millions of lives. After years of work in the USA as a clinician, researcher, and professor he moved to Israel where he earned two back-to-back MA degrees from the University of Haifa: Holocaust Studies and Israel Studies. He continues to research and publish in the fields of identity and peoplehood as related to sociopolitical events with a concentration in museal studies and performative aspects of academic learning, i.e. experiential learning. His expertise in museal studies and Holocaust historiography resulted in him being named Head Historian at Martef Hashoah Museum in Jerusalem [2015-2018] In February 2018, according to, he was ranked in the top 1% of researchers worldwide As a way of introducing the whole picture, some other facts need mention. During 1989, Dr. Mayer returned to his native birthplace [Cluj, Romania] and was a prominent figure in the 1989 Romanian Revolution. He was for two decades an accomplished triathlete, competing at elite international levels. He competed in three World Triathlon Championships and completed multiple Ironman Triathlons in places ranging from China to New Zealand and Canada to Europe; in addition, a mention needs to be made of the 44 marathons he completed
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