I was at the now weekly demonstration in Jerusalem against the judicial coup the coalition is trying to force upon us. Luckily, two-thirds of Israelis are against it, so even if they manage to push through these new backward laws, they cannot be enforced. You can’t lock up 67% of the population.
No to the Compromise
Rejecting a compromise sounds unreasonable, but I’ll explain it. The President has issued such a proposal. I didn’t read it before rejecting it. Why? Because the present situation is already a compromise. The coalition or the Knesset wants something, and the Supreme Court must agree.
Don’t think I hold this Court so high. But it’s the best we have. They’re often unwise and idiotic, but not always. That they seem often from left-wing to the loony left could be part of a predilection for saving minorities from the silent majority that is neither.
I can’t forget that this very High Court caused the mess we’re now in. That allowed right-wing terrorists and haters of women, homos, and Arabs to stand in elections, sit in the Knesset, and enter the government. And now, the People can clean up their mess. Thank you but no thank you.
Rabbi Kahane, they expelled from the Knesset while he was much more for Jews than against Arabs. (Some USers disagree without delivering proofs.) But his self-proclaimed followers are clearly first against Arabs and then for Jews. But they are kosher? I don’t know who are crazy, but it’s not me.
In almost everything, the status quo is not ideal, but it’s not so bad either.
Credit Where Credit is Due
And just like I’m not demonstrating against the judicial coup because I love the High Court so much, I’m also not doing so from hatred for Bibi. I’m obligated, as a religious Jew, to be an anti-Capitalist, and therefore, I won’t vote for him. But I give Netanyahu a lot of credit for prioritizing life over the economy at the start of the COVID pandemic. Trump helped kill over a million people by doing the reverse. Bibi saved tens of thousands! I’m also not sold on that his past conduct has been criminal. Yes, he lied. All politicians lie. And Deri, like so many Mizrachics, does not know how to navigate the Ashkenazic rules. But, consistently, he’s done so much good for the Israeli poor, both Jews and Muslims, that I frankly don’t care if he did illegal things in taxes. Bibi played by the book and is worth 50M.
The People Will Win
What I try to convey by participating as the only chareidic demonstrator with my smile and sign is that we don’t need to worry or be angry under reservation of us protesting incessantly. I also had a lot to sing: lenatzayach (we will win), mishenichnas adar (when the month of Adar enters, enlarge the happiness), machar (tomorrow, there will be peace), etc.
This time I was interviewed by Haaretz, the Chaifa broadcasters, and almost Channel 12—the young, idealistic journalist wanted to have me but her boss not. Press organizations often look for people who confirm stereotypes and are extreme and hate-filled, to rile up the viewers.
I was photographed at least 400 times, sometimes for my sign, sometimes for my smile, and sometimes for my general good looks, I guess. Many times, I stopped to give people a chance to take a picture (Generation Z needs half a second, Generation X needs half a minute), and several times, six people lined up as kind of a firing squad to eternalize me. At least 1,000 times, people gave me a thumbs up.
It was hot, this time. The abundance of flags threw a much-welcome shadow. Also, it was busier than the week before, people came earlier, the mood was more positive, there were fewer youths and rainbow flags and more elderly and blue-and-white flags, and Dan Meridor (someone known for his integrity) spoke of the betrayal of what once was the Likud.
After four-and-a-half hours, the crowd started a march to the Knesset. I didn’t. I had to pray the afternoon prayers. We need to trust in Him too.
I long for a Jerusalem police force that doesn’t just stop and detour traffic but also thinks of how to do that without the whole city getting gridlocked.
Hope to see you next week.