Richard A. Lopchinsky

Leftist Ideals (or is it just anarchy!)

I started writing this on Purim. One of Purim’s themes is that the world is really topsy turvy. And it is now more evident than ever. Those who proclaim that long overdue judicial reform will be the end of democracy in Israel feel comfortable to threaten the life of the prime minister, disrupt everyday activities and traffic in major cities, prevent disabled children from getting to their programs, intimidate and threaten the wife of the prime minister all in the name of “justice”. The rule of law does not seem to apply in their “democracy”.

The left says that they have to take this violent stand because they have no place to go – this is their only land. Yet, the CEO’s who made their millions thanks to Bibi’s deregulation of the economy, have no problem threatening to take all their money out of the country because of the proposed judicial reform.  They take every opportunity to badmouth Israel to the economic world. The last 2 decades of Bibi’s financial leadership enabled the Start Up Nation and instead of gratitude for enabling them to become billionaires, they bite the hand that has fed them.

The irony is that the CEO of Heart Health, an Israeli startup that raised over 100 million dollars, quickly moved the company’s money from the Silicon Valley Bank back into Israel (at a great exchange rate, I might add). So which country is really more financially stable?

I have no problem with loud but legal protests. But the rule of law must apply equally to those on the right and the left. Sadly, the Israeli left has taken the queue from the American left that it is acceptable to riot and loot and create anarchy in defense of leftist strongholds.

About the Author
Strong religious zionist background: First trip in 1963 - bar mitzvah, spent a summer volunteering at Hadassah in 1970, spent a year in Yeshiva in Jerusalem in 1971-72, parents made aliya in 1979, Tried to make aliyah in 1983 but was told I wouldn't fit into the system (after completing a fellowship in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) Professional: Board certified in general surgery, private practice in Manhattan for 28years, the Chief of the ENT / Head & Neck Service at the Phoenix VAMC, Clinical professor of surgery at Univ of AZ-Phoenix for 8 years. Finally made Aliyah in 2016 to work in Rambam. Licensed and Board certified in Israel Hobbies: Skiing, Hiking, Creating
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