Political Prostitution

There is an unconfirmed rumor floating in our politically divided community that in order to strengthen the power of the Right, Bibi Netanyahu will ask Bennet and Shaked to join with him in strengthening the Likud.

This is either a nightmare or another example of our political prostitution.

Shaked and Bennett can be effective on their own strengths and abilities in the New Right party. There is no reason for them to join Netanyahu and to give support to him in the crisis which he is now experiencing.

Netanyahu has without doubt been a strong leader and has accomplished much in his career as prime minister. Our economy is excellent. Our high-tech facilities are the best in the world. Our military forces are stronger. And Bibi’s recent adventures in the Gulf States, in Africa, and with seemingly warmer relations with Saudi Arabia speak well for him.

The charges of bribery, corruption , and negative images of his actions as prime minister for personal gain together with his wife Sara are strong and there is every possibility that he will be indicted and possibly charged for criminal activities. That is not the kind of Prime Minister we need nor want.

Bennett and Shaked, on the other hand, are experienced politicians and are squeaky clean, void of any corruption. With their leadership, we can be assured of continued growth and successful welfare. They share common values regarding the safety and security of our northern and southern borders. And they have the respect of large numbers of our voting public including those in the minority communities.

Political prostitution is nothing new. It has existed always in many countries of the world. But it is not as visible and obvious as the current situation in Israel. Too many political parties. Too many political prostitutes willing to sell themselves for a warm seat in the Knesset.

Many of our politicians have shamed and embarrassed us. Most recently, the idiotic remarks of Avi Gabbai, the would-be leader of the Labor party, in dismissing his partner, Tzipi Livni, in front of the television cameras without giving her advance notice of his intention was a national disgrace. An undeserved shameful act committed in public without respect for Livni who sat opposite him when he made the remarks. She turned pale and stunned by his thoughtless act. He is not an example of a good political leader. He should never be elected.

Will Gantz join with Yaalon? Who will join up with Yair Lapid? What must we, as ordinary Israeli citizens do, in order to guarantee that Netanyahu will not be re-elected?

Recently the Knesset passed a law criminalizing those who deal in the sex trade industry and in prostitution. Those individuals found supporting prostitutes can now be fined and possibly imprisoned for multiple offenses.

Regrettably, the law did not direct itself to the problem of political prostitution in Israel. That would be a major task unable to be implemented before the coming of the messiah.

Perhaps, if elected, the New Right party would have the courage to fight for its addition to the newly passed law.

The many rabbis, community politicians and military high ranking personnel who frequent the services of prostitutes will be greatly reduced and their shame hidden from the public’s eyes.

If we were commanded by God to be an “or l’goyim”.. a light unto the nations… let us shine that light for all the world to see.  It is for that light that Israel was chosen.

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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