Solving the Current Political Mess in the Spirit of Purim

As I exasperated about the current political mess of the governance of Israel, I came across an article by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks titled “Why Harry S. Truman Recognized the State of Israel, dated March 10, 2020.

Although I am not a practicing Jew, I am quite mindful of the existence of G-d and I am respectful of the lessons and wisdom imparted by Judaism.

With respect to the political situation at hand in Israel, the Megillat Esther tells us: Wherever we are, God is asking us to realise why He put us here, with these gifts, at this time, with these danger, in this place.

I now quote Rabbi Sacks:

“Towards the end of the fourth chapter we find Esther telling her uncle Mordechai about all the problems there might be in interceding with King Achashverosh regarding the fate of the Jewish people. Mordechai listens and then responds to her with the famous words” If you are silent and you do nothing at this time somebody else will save the Jewish people. But who knows, was it not for just this moment that you became a Queen, with access to King Achashverosh.”

“This for me, is the ultimate statement of hashgacha  pratit, Divine Providence, that wherever we are, God is asking us to realise why He put us here….He puts us here with something to do. Even in the worst hiding of G-d, if you listen hard enough, you can hear Him calling to us as individuals, saying “was it not for this very challenge that you are here in this place at this time?”

And I venture to say that  the fact that the outcome of the third election was finalised practically on the eve of Purim this year, strikes me to be more than a coincidence.

This suggests that God is in effect saying to the Jewish political leaders:    Was it not for this very challenge that you are here in this place at this time?”

An to my mind the key to resolving the present mess makes it mandatory for the  each and every leader to ask her/himself this question.

Starting with Avigdor Lieberman, he ought to ask himself:

  1. Am I here in this place at this time to extract my revenge on Netanyahu at all costs come what may?
  2. Am I here to help replace a highly accomplished Prime Minister with a novice that must heed and reconcile demands of his cohort of MKs to move in five different directions at this critical juncture?
  3. Despite my three electoral failures, am I here to disregard spirit of democracy simply because that would not satisfy my insatiable thirst for revenge?

And so on and on and….about Gantz and his five bunches

Finally,

Am I here to remain silent while the Attorney General is seeking to precede forthwith the prosecution our Prime Minister for non-existent crimes or at best chicken-shit offence when the state is desperately in need of a stable government to deal with a whole host of critical problems?

Am I here to remain silent when the person with whom I made a political deal is resorting to destructive legal manoeuvres to defeat the democratic verdicts of the electorate that makes him a three- time loser?

OR

Am I here to put aside my grudges against Netanyahu and think solely  in terms of what is in the best interest of this country in terms of her safety, security, foreign relations and prosperity at this point in time and assist the party with the largest number of seats form the next government?

Needless to say Gantz and his bunch also will have to ask and answer similar questions and answer them.

Gantz in particular should be ask a question of some importance to the future of Israel; namely

Considering I am a novice in governance and diplomacy and I do not have a particularly solid record of achievements in the military, save for the number of Gazans which I claim to have killed;

Am I here to grab this opportunity to join Netanyahu’s government as his understudy and learn the business of governance , risk management  and foreign affairs from a highly accomplished mentor, so that I will be better prepared to lead  a government in the future?

Let’s us pray that they will ask themselves these questions and answer them correctly as Esther did hers.

Amen.

About the Author
Doğan Akman was born and schooled in Istanbul, Turkey. Upon his graduation from Lycee St. Michel, he immigrated to Canada with his family. In Canada, he taught university in sociology-criminology and social welfare policy and published some articles in criminology journals After a stint as a Judge of the Provincial Court (criminal and family divisions) of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, he joined the Federal Department of Justice working first as a Crown prosecutor, and then switching to civil litigation and specialising in aboriginal law. Since his retirement he has published articles in Sephardic Horizons and e-Sefarad and in an anthology edited by Rifat Bali titled This is My New Homeland and published in Istanbul.
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