Robbie Michaelson
Neither Right Nor Left - Just Passionate

Some emergency crisis; Some unity government

When Benny Gantz announced his political about-face and decided to end  his 18-month campaign promise of never to sit under a 3 time indicted Prime Minister the reason he gave was the coronavirus emergency. That was over a month ago …….and we still don’t have a Government. Some emergency!

Just to make sure the writer checked the definition of “emergency” in the Merriam- Webster dictionary: “an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action”. To date, the only immediate action taken by our supposed Knesset “representatives” has been their haste to trip over one another in their rush to procure one of the 36 designated cabinet positions; or, heaven forbid, one of the 18 Deputy cabinet positions.

But there really is an emergency in our country; unless you believe the 30% or so of unemployed Israelis are independently wealthy and can afford to sit at home while receiving a few shekels at best. The problem is that none of the bureaucrats and people making the decisions on how we live or don’t live our lives are hurting economically themselves. Moshe Bar Simantov has been living off the public purse since he first authored a thesis on the Bar Lev line and Benjamin Netanyahu hasn’t worked in the private sector since he left Danish Interiors.

A few days ago a merchant in the still closed Mahane Yehuda committed suicide. He was probably not the first and unfortunately he will likely not be the last Israeli to decide to end their lives. Maybe if we had a Government in place and a reasonable policy to handle the coronavirus pandemic without killing our economy people would not become so depressed that they would be driven to choose the option of killing themselves? Isn’t that what an Emergency Government is supposed to have been convened to handle? But hey, I guess the situation hasn’t yet reached critical mass so there has been no rush to form the Emergency Government that every survey of the Israeli people has shown is what the people want.

We have had no budget for a year and a half. People with special needs have had to go without. Many of our holocaust survivors have had to chose between medicine and food. Our military, the organisation that unites most of Israel and protects all of Israel has been negatively impacted. Only the non-Zionist ultra-orthodox have had their “privileges” protected.

Knesset member Yehiel Tropper, part of the turn-coat Kahol-Levan, gave a lengthy interview in another paper today. In it he repeats the usual political double-talk: “We’re all tough individuals with firm positions, but we all know that to vanquish today is to be vanquished tomorrow.” With that logic I guess we should give back all of Judea and Samaria. Or how about:  “Supporting unity expresses hope.” Yes, and waking up in the morning means that you are not dead.

The facts are that Israel’s political leaders are not acting in our best interests – they are acting in their own. And on the day when we commemorate the heroes who gave their lives for the State we love we should all pause to ask ourselves: How would all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our country feel   about the current state of affairs that is today’s Israel? Their memory deserves better!


About the Author
First came to Israel as a volunteer after the Six Day War. Made Aliyah in 1972, served in the IDF, stayed in Israel for 4 years. Returned again to live permanently in Israel in 2017. Am widely traveled & strong supporter of Zionism. Have an M.A. in International Relations from McGill University.
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