Real unity needs mutual respect
The right-wing to ultra-right-wing coalition is trying to rush its stifling justice reform plans through the Knesset while claiming they are open to debate, for unity, and against the ‘divisiveness’ of the ‘extreme’ left.
To me, that sounds like [trigger warning] a rapist saying while raping his victim, he only wants what’s good for both of them, and stop screaming.
Not much different from PM Netanyahu declaring ‘Israel is and will remain a liberal democracy,’ while not stopping or slowing down the onslaught.
I don’t know how it is now, but 30 years ago, when I immigrated to Israel, we rented an apartment with a working, antenna-fed TV. It also received English news from Amman. I thought it was brilliant (but wicked) how the Jordanian regime manipulated objective truth. When angry people rioted against rising bread prices, the broadcast named it divisive and disruptive. The King then called for a responsible and constructive dialogue. Genius.
In Israel now, the united front against the grotesque judicial reform plans is not disrupting the status quo. We’re not power-hungry bigots looking to uproot our democracy, our diverse voices, each equally valuable. We don’t lie we repented bigotry, just when in power, to apply it in broad daylight.
As the broadness of the anti-reform front shows, this is not an issue of left against right, rich vs. poor, Gentile opposite Jew, or religious or secular. This is a choice for equality and not autocracy, for idealism and not greed.
I’ve not forgotten who carries the first responsibility for this mess. Not Netanyahu or the pragmatic right-wing parties that suspended morality and truth for power and money. The culprits are the High Court’s idiot rulings allowing bigots and other anti-democrats to stand in elections and even enter the government. If the Knesset passes malicious laws and the Court still won’t block them, as soon as we’re back at the helm, we should impeach each of the Justices now unwilling to stop this disaster.
Yet, the plans might get stuck in the Knesset. Not just the majority of the People and the President are against it. Moderates in the coalition don’t buy it either. Be activists while keeping good hope.
This also because lack of good hope feeds panic, attacks on opponents, and difficulty condemning the handful of extremists and provocateurs who try to discredit the activism of half a million Israelis and counting.