A name that may not be familiar to many Israelis and certainly not to most Jews in the diaspora, is a name that should be embedded in the minds of Israeli voters when it comes to the election after the forthcoming April 9, 2019 circus of 43 political parties hoping to win.
His name is Haviv Rettig (Gur), the political analyst and correspondent for the TIMES OF ISRAEL.
If you have not read his lengthy and brilliant essay on the history of Israeli elections and divisive political parties, you will have missed a treasure of information. It is the finest explanation of our political life that I have ever read. And I re-read it again in order that I may be wrapped in the genius of his words.
Not only would I vote for him if he ran for national office, I would recommend him to the Nobel Committee in Norway for the prize of Clarity and Sensibility.
Rettig (Gur) begins his history with our first elections in 1948 and brings us up to the current elections taking place in eight more days.
Every party is described in detail, their origin, their spokespersons, their political ideas and intentions.
In clear and uncomplicated language, Haviv Rettig (Gur), a 37 year-old journalist born in Jerusalem to American-born parents, has simplified our political history in a fascinating way so that even a political dummy like me can understand and enjoy.
He emphasizes the strengths of political candidates without minimalizing their weaknesses. He does not take sides. He makes it so easy for the reader to understand and to make a thoughtful decision on which party or candidates to elect.
Even his comments on Dr. Ahmed Tibi, leader of the Ta’al Arab party, are fair and objective. He praises Tibi for being the most eloquent Hebrew speaking member of the Knesset ever.
Bibi may have that honor as a speaker of English. Tibi holds the honor as a renowned speaker of Hebrew. So we can now continue the once-publicized concept of Bibi versus Tibi. Only one can be a winner.
I wholeheartedly wish that Rettig (Gur’s) splendid explanatory essay could be made available to English-language readers world-wide. There is no better explanation of our political history.
Meanwhile, I am still taking my daily dose of aspirins in order to maintain my calm. I realize that I will react with much anger if the candidate of my choice is not appointed prime minister.
To that effect I have written a letter to our esteemed President Reuven Rivlin “begging” him to use the powers permitted to him to appoint a new prime minister, one who can bring fresh air into the political dynamism which we must endure.
Sadly, I will not be alive to see Prime Minister Haviv Rettig (Gur) sitting in the seat of honor in the Knesset. My years are fleeting and the alleged golden age has become rather rusty for me.
But I can still wish it and hope, beyond the grave, that my wish will come true.
Our late beloved Prime Minister, founder of the Herut (now Likud) party, Menachem Begin, was a brilliant and dynamic orator.
Haviv Rettig (Gur) follows in his footsteps as a brilliant and dynamic journalist.
I wish him good health, long years of life, and success in everything dear to him. He is one of the treasures which we Israelis can stand in awe and respect of him.
Kol ha kavod Haviv!