Looking Ahead

The year is 2030. The population of Israel is estimated at 12 million  inhabitants, 9 million Jews and 3 million Muslims, Christians, Druze and other minorities.

The President of Israel is Oren Hazan. The Prime Minister, head of the New Right party, is Yair Netanyahu, son of the late Benjamin Netanyahu who died in 2021 in prison on corruption charges.

The Nation-State law has been amended giving full and equal rights to all citizens. Arabic has been restored as one of the three official languages of Israel.

The Temple Mount is no longer under the control of the Jordanian Waqf and Jews are permitted to visit freely and to pray at the holiest site.

Jerusalem is still the unified capitol of Israel. There is a Jewish mayor and an Arab deputy mayor, as it was in the long ago days of the British Mandate of Palestine.

Israelis can now travel freely in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and all of the Gulf States. The Hezbollah are no longer in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, minus Hamas terrorists, is part of the State of Palestine.

The Labor party has only 4 seats in the Knesset and the New Likud has 16 seats. Tzipi Livni is the new ambassador to Belgium and Yair Lapid is Consul General in the Israeli Consulate in Mexico City.

The Hebrew daily newspaper YEDIOT has been out of publication for the past 10 years and the former free newspaper YISRAEL HAYOM is now the largest daily, selling at 5 shekels per copy.

Japanese style sushi has overtaken the former humus parlors and shakshuka and matbucha no longer appear on restaurant menus.

The express train from Jerusalem to Tel-Aviv runs 6 times daily and arrives in 45 minutes. Traffic continues to be hazardous on the Ayalon highway and accidents continue to increase.

The hilltop youth, once young anti-Arab terrorists, are now senior citizens but their mentality has not changed.

Maale Adumim is an integral part of the unified city of Jerusalem.  Eilat continues to be one of our favorite vacation places in the south while Tiberias holds the title for the north.

Our national anthem Hatikvah has been revised. The change from “nefesh Yehudi” is now “nefesh Yisraeli”.

Happily the office of the Chief Rabbinate has been abolished.  Every city will have its own chief rabbi.

Our television will broadcast programs in Amharic together with the Hebrew, Arabic, Russian and English language programs.

Nude bathing will be permitted in segregated areas of beaches in Tel-Aviv and Haifa.

The Tel-Aviv light rail will have special compartments for haredi and ultra-Orthodox Jews and El Al airlines will provide special seating accomodations for Orthodox passengers who cannot be seated next to a strange woman.

I will have retired as mayor of Rishon Lezion many years ago and I rejoice in the growth of the city to a population of one million residents.

Real estate prices will continue to be without the real of possibility of young couples to purchase in the major cities. Kibbutzim will no longer be associated with agriculture and cottages can be had for reasonable prices.

Elderly residents will sit in our lush parks dreaming of memories of life in Israel way back in 2019.

The political parties will grow in number to 31 and the shouting and disrespect of Knesset members will continue as it has been since the 1948 founding of our State.

Looking ahead, our lives promise the best of all times. The Kupat Cholim  (or Kaput Cholim)  will no longer exist and all medical care will be private. Thus every citizen will be assured of the very best health care.

Socialism no longer exists. Capitalism reigns supreme.

Ahh… what a delight it is to relax with a nice cold beer and to look ahead to better days !   Why not?

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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