Zelda Harris
Zelda Harris
Five on the 100 aliyah from UK list!

Stalemate?

I suppose so, until someone bends to compromise?

And what about the people of Israel after this election result, which ultimately brings to the fore the deep division in our country and elevates the Arab community to king maker?

Perhaps people will actually wake up to the fact that at least 20 percent of our citizens are not Jews and yet are an integral part of the community at large. Without them we would indeed be in a sorry state. They prove that this should be a land for all its people.

We all want to stay here otherwise we would be checking out options! The Jew with suitcase in his heart I call it. Wandering Jew, since we have a country to call our own, should no longer be our nick name, but? Either, when the things get tough the tough get going or some may take the  easier option. In that, their profession and education will stand them in good stead, abroad.

Then what about our beautiful and sacred country?  The Centre of the World.  When I took foreign journalists’ around  the country in the years when the tour included Gaza and the West Bank, that’s what they would remark. “The heart of the world”.

Western world maybe? Biblical for those who follow the monotheistic faiths. For those who do not necessarily, a land of vision, adaptation, perspective and progress.

Western World maybe? There are other advanced countries that do not fit that category but also have citizens who seem to live with each other in harmony or almost, because of mutual faith and customs.

I have always tried to take a step back and look at the positive. Since the advent of our present and possibly future Prime Minister Netanyahu, many people seem to have been brainwashed.

QUOTE: “The world is against us, the neighbours’ seek to destroy us. Their land is actually our land and there’s no compromise.” The Two State solution has flown out of the window.

The same with the Electoral System! In 1978 until the outbreak of the first Lebanon War, The Committee of Concerned Citizens headed by the late President Chaim Herzog actually saw the first reading of a Bill to change the Electoral System. A Knesset Committee comprising MK.s across the board had been set up. However  in 1982 the first Lebanon War broke out and from then on all activity ceased. Prof Uriel Reichman was also on that committee. He was  going to write a Constitution. Actually that was not feasible because of the Haredi and Minority population whom it would have been difficult to include in its present and former context. I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT EVER HAPPENED OR WE WOULD HAVE HEARD ABOUT IT.

So there we are, nothing changes here!  Any Tom, Dick or Harry provided he has the means can start an organization or call it a party and run for election. Instead of MK’s whose obligation is to represent those whom voted, for he or she. Many of those running today have little or no experience to offer.

So, soon we will know whether to expect more of the same. Or a bunch of elected people who will put the country first ? It is we the people who  experience problems, hardship and privations  and mostly work hard to provide for their families and also to give a great deal to the greater community through their chosen professions. I leave out of course BIBI’s friends who have become super rich and in any case do not live here most of the time.

May everyone who lives on this land have a wonderful year and experience the joy of freedom from slavery, either on the health or political scene!

About the Author
Zelda Harris first came to Israel 1949, aged 18. After living through the hardships of the nascent state, she returned to England in 1966. She was a founding member of the Women's Campaign for Soviet Jewry. In 1978, she returned with her family to Israel and has been active in various spheres of Israeli Society since. Together with the late Chaim Herzog, she founded CCC for Electoral Reform, was the Director of BIPAC in Israel, and a co-founder of Metuna, the Organisation for Road Safety, which received the Speaker of Knesset Quality of Life Award for saving lives on the roads and prevention of serious injury. She is now a peace activist, blogger for Times of Israel and is writing her life story.
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