Saying Kaddish for a Dead Government

After reading the good news of the collapse of our government, I am reciting kaddish for the downfall of our Prime (Crime) Minister and his policies. Elections on 9 April will show the resurrection of the dead but I wish no resurrection (no techiyat ha-maitim) for Likkud. And although I always vote for Likkud I am happy to change my political affiliation.

This collapse of the coalition was long overdue. Infighting and corruption were its primary cause. And Yair Lapid’s honorable stance over the enlistment of haredi young men was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Kol ha-kavod l’Yesh Atid.  It’s name means “there is hope for the future”, and for that I pray.

Bibi had been infamous in making deals with the ultra-Orthodox members of the Knesset for no other reason than to hold on to his seat of power. Every Israeli knows that he has always been a slave to the demands of the haredim. Now with new elections, to whom will the ultra-Orthodox turn to restore their lost power?  As much as I hope not, it is very possible that Netanyahu may win again unless the indictments against him are not put before the courts prior to the April election date.

Coalition governments have always been fraught with problems. Too many differing political parties find it difficult to agree or to compromise. We should limit coalitions to only three parties: Labour, Religious and you choose the third party of your preference.

The April  9th date is only slightly two weeks prior to the Pesach holiday. Nu? Ma nishtanah?

How will this election be different from past generations? In past generations we had real leaders. In this generation we have corrupt leaders. I can hear the bones of BenGurion and Begin rattling in their respective graves. Both of them were always on the other side of the political fence but both of them were honorable and guiltless, their lives devoted to the people and the nation, not to themselves.

A great attribute to their convictions and principles were their loving spouses, Paula and Aliza. The present Sara can never compare with their greatness. In several ways she is responsible for her husband’s present downfall. Will she be successful in his resurrection?  (Heaven forbid) !

When our state regained its independence after two thousand years in exile we all dreamed dreams of a glorious re-birth. Even with a multi-filled coalition we had men and women of honor who dedicated themselves to the development of our democratic newborn State with little thought of personal power or glory.  Israel was their goal.  Not power, wealth or prestige.

How have the mighty fallen?

The candidate whom I would prefer to see in the Prime Minister’s office has, as of today’s poll, only a 7 percent chance of winning. Nevertheless, he will have my vote. He, like his strong father before him, is dedicated to the people of Israel. He does not need cigars, wines or catered meals. His life-style is simple and honest and the people and welfare of Israel have first place in his political aspirations.

So who, outside of Likkud members, will recite the kaddish prayer for the death of the government?

Who will join with me in reciting its last sentence… “oseh shalom bimromav, hu yaaseh shalom alainu v’al kol yisrael v’imru Amen”?

He who makes peace from above, He will make peace for us and for all Israel…..

And let us say “Amen.”

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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