Esor Ben-Sorek

Sara: Please Give Bibi a Date

No! No! No! Not a date to socialize at the opera nor a date to taste the selections of the catered meals which you so much enjoy at our expense. The date I mean is a date on the calendar.

I want to travel abroad for a few weeks but because of you….since Bibi announces whatever you tell him to do …. I cannot set a travel date until I am certain of the date for the second round of circus elections.

First Bibi tells us it will be on 17 September. Then later he says the date is not definite. And later still he announces that maybe he will cancel elections altogether. (Is that legal or is it crime # 4 ?)

In that latter thought I cannot blame him. No one wants to be a two-time loser. But in essence, I think the set date finally will not really matter. The nation is responding to you and through you to Bibi. He is going to lose again. This time probably forever. Politics is over. What else can he do?

It has been suggested that he should visit his friend Donald. They have so much in common, namely pretty women and golf….. or is it golf and pretty women? I can’t remember which comes first.

In the North American countries, citizens who are traveling on an election day can vote by an absentee ballot. In the European Union nations, citizens abroad can vote in their respective consulates or embassies.

Israel is the only country that I know of which requires citizens to vote at their assigned polling stations only within Israel.

Can you imagine the excessive cost for flights to Israel from God-knows-anywhere-else just to put a small slip of paper in a blue ballot box?

Honestly, as a proud citizen of Israel, I’ll be damned if I’ll pay $1,200 – $ 1,400 U.S. dollars just to stand in line to vote and then, later, return to Ben-Gurion airport for a trip back to a tranquil vacation-land.

Bibi, Benny, and the country’s newest and only gay party leader, Horowitz of Meretz, will have to win or lose without my interference.

Why Israeli citizens cannot present their blue Teudat Zehut ID card at a consulate wherever they may happen to be on election day (whenever Sara tells Bibi when it will be), is beyond me. It has no logical reason. But I cannot blame this stupidity on the Likud, for a change. It all began with Paula.

Paula was the wife of our first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. When she asked him for a date, she meant a date for coffee and strudel at Jerusalem’s famed Café Atara. He thought she meant a date to set for national elections.

Wouldn’t our lives be simpler and happier if he had interpreted Paula’s date as Paula had intended?

Unlike Paula, Sara has a different date in mind. She has been so pre-occupied with her court appearances and now being formally charged as a criminal ( no other prime minister’s wife had such a “dis-stinktion”) that she cannot remember if elections are YES…17 SEPTEMBER or NO… NO DECISION YET.

Sara, please do me and the thousands of other Israeli citizens who will be happy traveling abroad between the end of a hot summer and the approach of the Jewish New Year…. Give Bibi a date. A final date. And hopefully for us, a date to go down in history.

Three crimes and he’s out !

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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