Esor Ben-Sorek

Hallelujah! There is a God!

The second day of June 2021 will be recorded in our history not only for good news but more important, for the best news.

Our 11th president has been elected to succeed our dearly beloved president Reuven Rivlin whose seven year term expires on July 9. Yitzchak Herzog, son of our sixth president and grandson of our first Chief Rabbi, has won the nomination to be our eleventh president. Mazal tov!

He is a man of great skills and knowledge, a man who has contacts with leaders of governments across the globe. He is a president-elect who will continue to honor and dignify his high position, one which is similar to royalty such as the reign of Britain’s Queen.

Yitzchak Herzog will follow in the footsteps of the giants in his family’s history and will bring glory to our nation from his new home, Bet HaNasi, in Jerusalem. He will welcome Jews, Muslims and Christians into the Presidential Residence and will greet all his visitors with warmth and abundant cordiality and respect.

Today’s other extremely happy news is the announcement made to President Rivlin that we, at last, have a government, one consisting of dignified politicians who are seeking to be the new government of change. A happy break-away from the twelve years of Netanyahu-ism whose ego and selfishness is the cause of his political demise. It is a crushing but well-deserved blow to a man who placed his personal life and wants far above the needs of the people of the State of Israel.

Sara must be pulling at her hair while weeping. The now former mistress of Balfour street must abandon her glorious residence and remove herself to her palatial home in Caesarea-by-the-sea. Poor Sara !

Yair, the haggadah’s description of the wicked son, must be penning his atrocious remarks and insults condemning the victors who have caused his eviction. Now the poor fellow must find a job. The government happily does not have to feed nor clothe him. He is not wanted in Jerusalem.

The out-going prime minister is no longer prime. In Caesarea he will have years of time to write his legacy, one of many years of good service to our citizens while omitting details of his crimes for which he is indicted. He needs to concentrate now on his trials and the possibility, if found guilty on the three charges against him, of a prison sentence. Hopefully our new president Herzog will not grant a pardon.

Our incoming government of change will be one of unity and hope. A unification of our long divided nation and hope for better life for every citizen of our depressed society.

The dying democracy is on its way to be resurrected with renewed strength and fervor to serve our people. It is something that millions of us have hoped for, longed for, dreamed for. Hallelujah !

It will require our patience to adjust to a new government after twelve years and there will be criticisms and complaints of change, but the change has to be for the better. It is like taking a medicine to relieve the pains and discomforts of twelve years. But if the medicine helps, we will endure and grow stronger and healthier. We will be a great nation once again.

There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the Likud could have won the nomination if they had the courage to force Netanyahu to step down and to replace him by another member of Likud. But they were all cowards in fear of his retribution if they had replaced him against his will. Therefore they must pay the penalty for their cowardice.

A government of Bennett, Lapid and Saar is one that consists of intelligent men seeking to unify the nation through change. Will they make mistakes? Assuredly. Which new government does not err from time to time as it seeks to grow and to revise elements of a past regime?

Binyamin Netanyahu will now join the opposition. His warm seat has now grown cold and is waiting for a new body to warm it. Hopefully the warmth will be sufficient to envelop the entire nation.

The residence on Balfour Street will undergo a thorough cleansing to remove unwanted elements and odors of the past twelve years. Good citizens of Israel will pray for the success and well-being of the new residents. Bad citizens will curse and defame them. I am happily among the good citizens.

Let us cease the name-calling, defamations, curses, threats and hostilities and pay, instead, honor and devotion to a new government. One that will change our past, enlighten our present, and glorify our future.

Hallelujah! There is a God in Israel and in Yerushalayim la-netzach… in Jerusalem forever!

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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