Israel’s current collective political masochism

As a Jewish Canadian I have been keeping tabs on the Israeli domestic political scene since the election of the current Netanyahu government and getting quite worried about the behaviour of a number actors while the country is simultaneously fighting on no less than  on five fronts i.e. Hamas-Palestinian- Islamic Jihad; Judea Samaria; Golan Heights/Syria; Hezbollah and terrorism in Israel while getting ready to defend against Iranian military-terrorist attack.

In the circumstances, one would think  that the leading political actors of the country, including, alas the members of the Supreme Court, the Attorney General of Israel and members of the Israeli cabinet-the regular and the war cabinet would close ranks and fully support the current government in defending the country and its citizens against the aggressors , particularly as the government  and the IDF  are fully engaged in the defense and security  of the whole of Israel and its inhabitants while  dealing with some of the so-called close allies and friends abroad  who are increasingly  speaking and acting unlike allies and  friends while their respective Jewish communities are   threatened in their homes and in public by aggressive political action, terrorism, hateful crimes, sordid discrimination in public and private institutions, like school boards, universities while  a variety of organisations not to mention the self –hating Jews  and their organisations including in Canada, are busy  to accuse to all sorts of serious wrong-doings


First, the Supreme Court and the Attorney-General of Israel are forcing the government to start drafting the Haredi into the IDF forthwith knowing full well that by so doing they are inflaming one of the most divisive and potentially violent domestic issues while the country is fighting on multiple fronts, instead of waiting for the end of the wars.

Second, mobs of Israelis are demonstrating to undermine the democratic process by demanding the dismantling of the government lawfully elected by the electorate.

Third, a member of the War Cabinet, Benny Gantz is undermining the government by demanding general elections in September in the middle of a war and travelling abroad and speaking to members of the U.S. government   without prior clearance by the Prime Minister, despite the schemes of that government to oust Netanyahu and replace his government with folks like Ganz , Lapid and others of the same sort.

Yet these two, during their short term in government are the ones who first  gave up Israeli territory without lawful process. Efrat Saad Suna,” Israel’s flawed gas deal with Lebanon  has come back to bite it “, Israel Hayom, March 7,2024, and b) played goody two-shoes with the Palestinian Authority without  getting it to abandon its “pay for slay” program, among other things.

Fourth, accusing the government of giving in to the demands of its extreme right- wing Ministers, instead of offering to jform a national wartime government without pre-conditions in order to neutralise the demands of these Ministers.

And all of this is happening, despite the fact that Netanyahu is doing a decent job in the running of the war and dealing with the U.S and other foreign policy issues.

As to be expected, these problems on the home front are strengthening the resolve of Hamas not to negotiate the return of the hostages save under totally unacceptable conditions and to carry on with the war.

How can the government win wars and secure the safety of its citizens under such circumstances?

If this keeps going on, I am afraid the country will rip itself apart. Since I am too old  to volunteer and join our brave army, I pray with all my might,  for all these masochists to wake up to the realities on the ground s and to desist before they plunge the country  into a disastrous hopeless dead end. Amen.

About the Author
Doğan Akman immigrated to Canada with his family. In Canada, he taught university in sociology-criminology and social welfare policy and published articles in criminology journals After a stint as a Judge of the Provincial Court (criminal and family divisions) of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, he joined the Federal Department of Justice as a Crown prosecutor, and then moved over to the to civil litigation branch . Since his retirement he has published articles in Sephardic Horizons and e-Sefarad and in an anthology edited by Rifat Bali titled "This is My New Homeland" published in Istanbul.