The ‘Ben-Sorek Compromise’

I read with some amusement Miri Regev’s recent statement that our next prime minister will not be chosen by the people. Instead he/she will be elected only by God. I was not aware that God was a registered voter. I did not even know if He is an Israeli citizen. When did God make aliyah?

I pondered over her remarks as I lay my pillow under my head for a good night’s sleep. And then it happened.

Suddenly I heard a clear voice, a melodic voice, which called me by my name several times saying :

“Ben-Sorek, you are my appointed. You will be the next prime minister of Israel”.

Stunned and frightened I replied, “Oh my God, I am lacking in speech and in strength . I am insignificant and insufficient to become entangled with Knesset members who often act as mad dogs. Their shouts of defamation are alien to my ears. What shall I say? What shall I do? From what must I refrain?”

And God, who had read Miri Regev’s proposal, replied “You will do as I say. I will put the words into your mouth and you shall speak them in my Name.”

I was then asked what would be my first initial act of legislation. And I responded.

“Dear beloved Father in Heaven, Source of all life and Creator of our universe, my first proposal would follow to a limited degree with the demands of Yisrael Beytenu’s Avigdor Liberman.

While he would commit to a government without the ultra-Orthodox parties, I would consider a different approach. I call it the ‘Ben-Sorek Compromise.’

It would allow ultra-Orthodox parties to sit in the Knesset, to have full rights to speak and to deliver demands to influence Knesset voters, but it would totally disallow them the right to vote. They can speak or shout but they will not be allowed to vote”.

The ‘Ben-Sorek Compromise’ would be fair. The ultra-Orthodox parties would not be prohibited to sit in the Knesset but they would not be permitted to vote. They can share remarks and demands from fellow members in the legislature and perhaps influence them to vote in their favor. That is a democratic way. But the Israeli government as a nation of 80% Jews and 20% non-Jews must speak for ALL its citizens.”

God was silent. I could feel His stillness. And then I heard Him say, “Ben-Sorek, your Compromise is reasonable and can be successful if Avigdor Liberman will accept it. I will appeal to him to do so”.

With God and Liberman on my side, I believe that Miri Regev’s statement will come true. God will elect me as the next prime minister of mother Israel.

And then I suddenly woke up. Sitting in bed I wondered about the dream. I was frightened.

Getting up out of my bed I ran to the mirror and stared at my pale face.

And then I returned to my bed to sleep “and perchance to dream”.

Anyhow, thank You God for your kind vote!

And please let Miri Regev know that her thought almost came true. Almost.

Ahhh — so many “almosts” in life!

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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