Once again, we see many so-called Israelis clamoring to come “home” and vote in the upcoming elections.
In normal times there would be nothing to stop these “Israelis” sweeping in for a five-minute visit that could have serious implications for the future of our country. This year, the coronavirus has given us an opportunity to stop this abuse of democracy.
We citizens of Israel must ensure that only real Israelis can vote. There is no reason to allow someone who has left Israel and taken up residence elsewhere, to have any say in the lives of those of us who live here. There should be a mechanism to distinguish between genuine Israeli residents who are out of the country for a short time, on a business trip or even studying at a foreign university, and those who have chosen to permanently abandon their homeland. You simply cannot be an Israeli and live your life in America.
The somewhat misnamed Movement for the Quality of Government in Israel has filed a petition with the High Court of Justice. They want the government to allow all Israelis who are overseas, and want to vote, to return home. What sort of quality would a government have if it represented the wishes of yordim? They do not live here and would not have to suffer the consequences of their votes.
I, myself, left my country of birth, the United Kingdom and made my way to Israel. While I retain British citizenship, as I am no longer resident, I cannot vote there. Nor would I want to. Like a yored sitting in California, I have little understanding of the issues and no knowledge of the candidates. The England I knew, ceased to exist some 50 years ago.
Let us hope that the High Court of Justice decides in favor of justice. Justice for those who have made their lives here in Israel. Justice for those who serve in the IDF and defend our borders. Justice for the parents and grandparents who wait anxiously for their soldier children to come home safely. Justice for those who pay their taxes and work to build a world-class economy. We do not need the votes of those who have freely chosen to leave Israel for the fleshpots of America.
As most yordim will probably have learnt by now, there is an old proverb in English-speaking countries – I don’t have a dog in this fight. While many may have left family or friends behind in Israel, they have given up the right to say how we should fight our battles, be they military, economic or social.