Jack Molad

The anti-government uproar

Israelis have re-discovered their favorite pastime for entertainment, namely protesting in the streets. It is one thing to protest, but quite another to use venomous language and wish for nothing short of the fall of our current government. That drive to topple the government starts at the top, where leaders of the opposition are inciting the masses. Yes, we do have a government which perhaps went too far to the right. However, don’t forget that we, the public, have created this shift.

As much as I dislike a couple of the new appointed leaders and aspects of their reforms, this government does not signal the end of Israel’s future. Rather it is simply a different government which will certainly try to serve Israel’s best interests in its own way.

One more thing. Israel, always under the gun of the international community, cannot afford providing a cause to light up the hate declarations on all the international media and newspapers which in turn ignite the antisemitic and anti-Israel populations. The world press is delighted to quote our own newspapers with deadly accusations of making Israel an “apartheid state.”

With the growing demonstrations, it appears that Israel is entering a confrontational period like none in its past, such that the press headlines declare the end of Israel as a democracy. It should be pointed out that Israel is entering a most difficult period both within and outside of its borders. The Palestinians are gearing up for perhaps another intifada and are already inflicting terrible loss of life on Israelis from their terror attacks. In the international arena, Israel is facing pressure for its support of Ukraine and a delicate situation managing relations with Russia.

For all these reasons, it behooves us to tone down our self-condemnations and let the government deal with the matters at hand.

About the Author
Jack Molad was born in Tel Aviv in 1930 during the British Mandate period and fought with the Haganah. Jack set out for the United States to spread Israeli tradition to Jews in the US. He achieved a masters degree at Saint Louis University and established Hebrew programs for traditional Jewish youth in Saint Louis, Omaha, and Dallas. Jack also founded and led Teen Tours, a summer program in Israel for traditional Jewish teens to experience Israel. Jack returned to Jerusalem in 2021, where he resides with many of his children and grandchildren.
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