Esor Ben-Sorek
Esor Ben-Sorek

Saying Kaddish for the Likud

Miki Zohar wrote the obituary (the good news for those not in mourning) that the Likud under Netanyahu’s regime cannot form a coalition government and conceded defeat for Netanyahu who will play “Jerusalem musical chairs” and will exchange his high seat for a lower one in the new opposition.

Much thanks to the defeat is due to the Arab Ra’am party led by Mansour Abbas. Happily, Smotrich and Ben-Gvir, fervent anti-Arab racist politicians, will not serve in any government with Israeli Arab members.

Their fascism and rabid hatred of the twenty percent of our population has deprived them of the heaven they yearned for and instead leads them on the fiery road to political hell. May they rest there forever in peace.

With Netanyahu now leading the opposition we can expect more violent speeches. The “real Bibi” will come to light as a failed criminal prime minister who can now be legitimately heckled in the Knesset.

We can change the last phrase in our revised national anthem by quoting a few words from the original one.

“Lashuv l’eretz, eretz avotainu mi ir yarad Bibi, Bibi ha rodan”. To return to the land, the land of our fathers, from which fell Bibi, Bibi the dictator.

Sara must be boiling in the kitchen at Balfour. Not boiling tea or coffee. Boiling hot bubbly anger. Her days ending as First Lady are approaching to the delight of millions of Israeli voters.

Yair Lapid must be smiling, looking forward to his better chance of becoming our next prime minister. With the support of Mansour Abbas it may well be possible. But where does that leave Naftali Bennett and Gidon Sa’ar? We must not abandon our faithful anti-Netanyahu “club members”.

Personally, I have no idea what a newly-formed government will look like. I cannot begin to imagine the first initial changes. But my heart still rejoices that there is a potential cure for the disease of Bibi-itis.

President Rivlin, approaching the end of his term in office, must be feeling relief that he no longer has to put up with Netanyahu. The two of them deeply dislike one another. (Hate is not a nice word!)

If Mansour Abbas of the Ra’am party is to become a deputy speaker of the Knesset it will be a first in the history of the State of Israel that an Israeli Arab has risen to such a high and respected position.

My guess is that one of his first bills will be to repeal and revise the portion of our nation-state law which removes the 1917 British Mandate law, accepted in our basic laws of 1948, giving the Arabic language equal national status together with Hebrew and English.

Removal of Arabic as one of the three official languages of the State of Israel deeply offended our twenty percent Druze and Arab population. Mansour Abbas may succeed in reversing the change back to its original status.

With Bibi in the opposition, the residence on Jerusalem’s Balfour street may be emptied out of the Netanyahu family to make room for the newer residents.

The stench of one Yair will be cleansed and humidified to make room for the new Yair, Mr. Lapid.

Rather than choosing to comply with the Aramaic word which leads the mourner in his prayer (Yitgadal), the first word in the Kaddish mourner’s prayer, my preference is a biblical Hebrew word: Halleluyah. Praised be God.

And let us say together and loudly: Amen. Amen. 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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