Esor Ben-Sorek
Esor Ben-Sorek

Four Break-Aways – Ken Yirbu

I had to remove my eye-patch temporarily in order to assure myself that I was reading the news correctly. At this moment four leading Knesset members of the Likud are breaking away from their support of their corrupt leader, Binyamin Netanyahu.

I begin by saying “Ken Yirbu”, Hebrew for “may their numbers increase.” The Likud is cracking up its once solemn pledge to support the indicted party leader and soon-to-be ex prime minister. This is a first for the Likud party and Netanyahu is losing sleep over it.

There is absolutely no question that better candidates can take over his authority and loss of position. My bet is still on Gideon Sa’ar who commands the respect of most of the Knesset lawmakers. His name is a respected one. He is a man that our country admires. He is the right man to out-vote Bibi Netanyahu.

I think that Mrs. Sa’ar would be an excellent tenant in the official government residence on Jerusalem’s Balfour street. After fourteen years of one family’s residence, the residence must be cleaned, polished and purified.

Prime Minister Netanyahu must be deposed with as much dignity as possible. He has spent many years on behalf of our country. He has strengthened our economy. He has opened the doors to possible relations with several Arab nations. He is more respected abroad than he is at home. But he has fallen into shame for crimes of fraud, deceit to the public and bribery. He yielded to the ideas of wrong rule and greedy temptations of wealth.

His wife, Sara and his older son Yair have involved themselves in matters of internal and foreign affairs which do not concern them. They, fortunately are not members of our government and their negative opinions should not be spoon-fed to a husband and father who is in a dilemma, unable to make his own decisions.

Both of them are partially responsible for Netanyahu’s recent fall from grace.

If our foreign minister is among those who are leading members to out-vote Netanyahu as leader of the Likud, he is succeeding in sending a strong message to the entire voting public.

As it happens in plans earlier made, I will be out of the country in early March 2020 and therefore I will be unable to drop my vote in the blue ballot box . But if I did vote, my ballot would have been for Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid (the “good Yair”). The colors of our national flag are blue and white and it is the Blue-and-White party which inspires me and fills me with hope for positive changes in our policies.

One of the first items I challenge our new government to propose is an article in our Basic Law which must set limits to the number of years a prime minister can serve. The first can be four years and, if re-elected, four more years. And none more after that.

We have seen what fourteen years of Binyamin Netanyahu have done to our society. We had not experienced racism and anti-Arab defamation in our Knesset until Netanyahu opened his mouth. Either non-Jewish members of the Knesset are equal Israeli citizens or they are not. If they are, they are deserving of dignity and public respect. Ahmed Tibi of the Arab Joint List speaks more like a gentleman even when he opposes many of our policies.

A second and very important change in the wording of the controversial nation-state law must be done in order to prove our democracy and full rights of our minority citizens, including the restoration of Arabic as one of our three national languages as it had been since British rule in 1917 and continued in our laws of 1948.

By eliminating Arabic as one of the three national language we have injured the cordial relations with the twenty percent of our non-Jewish population. And make no bones about it, because of that language elimination the twenty percent of our population feel like second-class citizens. It is a very painful and totally unnecessary thorn in their side that needs to be removed as early as possible in the new government.

There was no legitimate reason to remove the Arabic language other than to humiliate the Arabs and to anger our beautiful Druze population, more loyal to the State and to our military forces than ninety percent of our haredi religious zealot population.

A correction to the revision of our original basic law on Language must be corrected as soon as possible.

Hopefully more Likud MK’s can be convinced to support Gideon Sa’ar in place of Binyamin Netanyahu as leader of the Likud and ergo his democratic dismissal from the prime-minister’s seat.

He has kept it warm for too many years. It needs a refreshing change.

Caesar is dead. Hail to Sa’ar and the return to democracy and honest government in Israel. Higiya zman. It is about time!

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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