Signs of the Times

The daily protests against an indicted criminal prime minister continue with no signs of a let-up. The only signs we can see are the ones held high by the thousands of protest marchers in front of the prime minister’s residence.

The signs vary in their name-calling meant to shame and disgrace him. He does not respond to the sign bearers. That is left to his useless son to attack them with his foul words.

In desperation, the prime minister has turned to his political ally, the one whom he appointed as Minister of Public Security.

Amir Ohana has been urged by his master to demand that the police act with harsher assaults against the protesters.

Ohana is challenging the High Court of Justice for refusing to stem the tide of protests which disturb neighbors by day and by night. Some are afraid to leave their homes.

Our wise Attorney-General Mandelblit has scoffed at any attempt by the Minister of Public Security to interfere with the democratic right of non-violent protests.

And today hundreds of new protesters marched in Tel-Aviv opposite the high-rise apartment building where Mr. Ohana lives with his husband and their two children.

New signs could be seen by the new protesters in Tel-Aviv. One read: “Mr. Commissar, Protest equals Freedom”. Two other signs were compelled by some of the decent marchers to be taken down.

“Hey hey hey. Get rid of the gay” and another, “Have no fears .We’ve learned to live with queers”.

If these are some signs of the times I fear we are in a battle for human decency. Much of the problem lies directly at the feet of the master of deceit on Balfour street in Jerusalem.

Using what authority is left to him, he puts the responsibility into the hands of his newly appointed Minister of Public Security.

The latter can be heard shouting the same message every day. “We cannot continue with this mess. We cannot continue with anarchy”, a word he borrowed from the prime-minister who constantly refers to those protesting against him as anarchists. It’s a funny word coming from the mouth of a convict-to-be.

Netanyahu’s hands are tied. His end is nearing and he knows it. In his fright and panic he attempts to take a democratic nation down with him. The protesters must not allow it to happen.

Amir Ohana has demanded from the chief of police that he insist the police officers must use greater force to dispel the protesters. And Mandelblit has informed the police chief that he has no legal right to interfere. He must follow the law.

Our courts will be over-flowing with protests from all sides. Our judges will be wearied and over-taxed.

The Supreme Court must make its decision without further delay. More protests—YES or more protests—NO. The democratic side must vote YES while the weeping corrupt side chooses a NO.

But the courts must impose proper restraints on all sides. The lives of innocent residents who live on the streets where the masses assemble must be assured of safety in their homes and on their property.

In Tel-Aviv, the major national highway, the Ayalon, has been blocked from all traffic in all directions causing immense problems for drivers who need to return to work or home.

I reject the right to protest by holding a major highway and thousands of vehicles captive. There is a right way and a wrong way.

In the instance of the Ayalon highway blockade which can affect human lives, the way is a wrong way.

When democracy returns to the State of Israel, the prime-minister will no doubt be found guilty of fraud, bribery, and breach of trust to the public he was elected to serve. The only serve he will know in the near future is probably the serve he will not enjoy in a prison cell like a prime minister and a president of the State who served time in prisons not long ago.

Happily in Israel there is one law for prince and pauper alike.

And Minister of Public Security Ohana will be out of his job. No prison term is in his future.

He and his husband can spend their lives sharing a common bed and dreaming common dreams.

The signs of the times are unpleasant. Decency must replace them.

Put down your signs. Open your hearts. Let the words “love” and “respect” be frequently heard from your lips.

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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