Our two alternate PMs play chicken for months already. I ignore it. I only take note that Gantz doesn’t get intimidated or fooled by Netanyahu any longer. For me, that means that he’s ready to take over. Bibi, thank you for finally training a successor — just not anyone we expected.
Frequent national elections in Israel have super side benefits. Ministers elbow themselves into the spotlight with lucrative handouts to sectors whose votes they seek. The forgotten are suddenly remembered. Even 500 Ethiopians, after decades, are suddenly welcomed as new immigrants.
In Israel, already never a dull moment, just before elections, new parties are formed, others are fused, and still others break up. New leaders appear, old leaders are dumped, and some are recycled. Chiefly amusing are the losers of old who try to self-promote to lead a new effort to lose.
But what will never change will be the pollsters with their steady faulty methods and predictions, and baseless self-confidence. They are like the weather forecast. They only talk about what will be and never about the mistakes they made. Except, the weather forecasters are sometimes right.
I watch it that the political ‘news’ doesn’t cost me time. I skip anything about why others are terrible. I read a little bit of what everyone says they want. And make sure I don’t believe it. That’s it. In fact, I win time. Because of all the election circus, suddenly, international news is ‘reduced.’
Only, seriously, also soon to be elected, but not by the public, is Israel’s next President. I want to reiterate: Shame on all Ashkenazic, men who are now promoted or self-promoting! (One needs to speak aggressively and loudly to such entitled people or they won’t even hear or notice you.)
It’s high, very high time for a number of women and Mizrachic candidates to head our State. Very capable people are waiting in the wings. Out of the way, arrogant bastards (apologies to bastards)! All these Ashkenazic male Presidents were great. But enough is enough! And too much is plenty.
We must now harp against male and Ashkenazic privilege! Please join and let our voices swell to a choir. No more patience or tolerance for bigotry. We should teach and ingrain: not choosing a Mizrachic woman is indecent.
Miriam Peretz is a Mizrachic woman of accomplishment. An educator and recipient of the Israel Prize, for Lifetime Achievement for “Strengthening the Jewish-Israeli Spirit,” her presidency will be carried by the People and has as an added benefit that she’s not from the political field — no offense.
Update: This symbolic job, as far as I know, is the only one in Israel open to a Jew only. It’s a Jewish State. An Arab businesswoman wanting to run for this office either doesn’t know this, (dis)qualifying her already, or she runs to protest this. Either way, the misreporting JPost is totally ignorant of this.