I Was Not Invited

Today is the new month of Nisan (Rosh Chodesh), a sign that Pesach is almost here. Today should be a happy day but it is not happy for me.

Today I learned that the Blue and White party of Benny Gantz has died. Extremely sad because it was a newborn who had not even reached adolescence. Millions of us who voted for the party did so primarily because we needed a change from a government led by a corrupt criminal prime minister.

Today, millions of Israelis are in mourning for the short life of Blue and White.

I wanted to go to the funeral but I was not invited. So I am left only to send my condolences and sympathies to Yair Lapid and Moshe Yaalon. Together with Benny Gantz they might have led us out of our national chaos.

In politics promises are made and too often broken. Benny Gantz had constantly declared in his platform that he would not sit in a government under an indicted criminal prime minister. Now he has reversed.

Under the guise of serving in an emergency unity government Gantz will be the temporary Speaker of the Knesset replacing Yuli Edelstein. From there he may become Netanyahu’s Foreign Minister until 2021 when, under the rotation agreement, he will replace Netanyahu and will become prime minister. Assuming, of course, that Netanyahu will not resort to his well-known “shticks and tricks”. He has not always been honest in keeping his promises. The nation will be watching.

It will be for us a challenge to adapt to the B and B differences… Bibi vs. Benny. A longtime politician turned criminal and a distinguished general in our IDF.

I suspect the death of the political party of which he was the founding father must have given him some “agmat nefesh”…some pain and anguish in his soul.

It led to the breakdown of his two valued partners, Yair Lapid and Moshe Yaalon . As of the past few hours, Lapid has indicated that he will continue to use the name of the Blue and White party and will serve in the opposition. It saddens me to understand why Gantz chose to abandon his party to join with a lying prime minister not known for keeping promises.

Personally, I do not see the two of them in a “shidduch” (a match). It cannot be a happy “marriage” and might eventually lead to a “divorce” only further deepening us into more chaos.

For millions like me who voted for Blue and White in the third election of 2 March 2020, it is a very grave disappointment. Millions of us had pinned our hopes on the success of Benny Gantz. Our hopes were smashed.

Gantz will make a good Speaker of the Knesset. He will probably make a good Foreign Minister. But above all, he would make a sincere, honest and devoted prime minister dedicated to the people of Israel first and foremost. He places Israel first whereas Netanyahu places Netanyahu first. We do not even know how much he respects the principles of western democracy. Dictators usually don’t respect them.

I don’t know in which “cemetery” the Blue-and-White faction will be buried. I had wanted to attend with the crowds paying respects at the funeral. But I was not invited.

I would want to pay a shiva visit to offer my heartfelt condolences and sympathies but I have not been invited.

Rosh Chodesh Nisan has begun in a sad way for millions of Israelis who yearned to see the end of Netanyahu in our national political life. We had wished that in his political “demise” and while awaiting his trial on three criminal charges that he would find time to begin writing his yet-to-be-published book citing the many great achievements which he had well-earned in his 14 years at the helm.

Not being invited to share my pain and disappointment with Benny Gantz, all that remains for me is to recite the kaddish prayer for a dead hope.

Yitgadal v’yitkadash Shmai rabah….

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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