From Hutz l’Aaretz; I think Israeli money should go to Israeli Jews living in Israel; last time I was in Israel, not long ago, I saw beggars on the street. So now a million dollars from an Israeli fund to Dr. Fauci…why have I been sending contributions, for years, to the JNF, to other Israeli institutions, to US organizations that appeal for money for Israel?
If this is the way Israelis allocate their money, count me out, at least for a while. In short, a million dollars to a non-Israeli whose contribution to life in Israel is, at least to me, non-discernable, is a shanda. This follows on big money awards to entertainers who are free with criticizing Israel publicly.
If Israel thinks awards to outside celebrities will win it international acclaim, it needs to rethink. Any realist understands that the only way for Israel to get international applause would be to give the PA everything it demands, or even better, to dissolve itself.
Instead, large cash awards to overseas Jews and Gentiles suggest that Jews have money to burn; this is a primary myth of judeophobia. If Israel wants money from overseas Jews, it will have to acknowledge by action that it has a money problem.
This gift to Dr. Fauci (no, he didn’t personally develop the vaccine), following on those other awards to people with little connection to the problems of contemporary Israel, is a wakeup call to me. My grandkids can use my bucks.