How the Israeli establishment has hijacked democracy
On April 9th, Israeli citizens will vote for their representatives in the Knesset. After the votes are counted, and after the coalition negotiations are concluded, a government will be sworn in that one would assume would implement the will of the voters. One would be wrong.
Here’s how the process really works. The candidates tell their potential voters what they want to hear. The candidates promise that they will solve all the problems they haven’t managed to solve until now. They promise that they will not give any more land to Arabs. They promise that they won’t destroy one more Jewish home. They promise that they will not divide Jerusalem. They promise. They will renege on that promise as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow.
The electorate, like sheep to the slaughter, with a blind faith, with a short-term memory that borders on the suicidal, re-elects the architects of our own destruction. Many have compared it to the battered wife syndrome. We want to give those who have betrayed us yet another chance. We want to believe that this time they won’t lie, steal and cheat again. We are Charlie Brown who keeps believing that Lucy won’t slip the football away from us. We will again land flat on our faces.
However, to no politicians’ surprise, shortly after the government is formed, new “peace plans” will be floated. It may be Trump’s “Deal of the Century.” And then, once again, “hard choices” will need to be made. The “peace of the brave” will be implemented.
It is entirely plausible, if not likely, that Netanyahu, either with the backing of his “natural” coalition partners, or in a unity government with Gantz, will be the one to implement the further evisceration of the land of Israel. And the master salesman that Netanyahu is, he will have the population celebrating his courageous and responsible stand. He will be considered a hero for annexing Gush Etzion, Maale Adumim, and a few pockets of highly concentrated Jewish populations within Judea and Samaria, while giving up and destroying the Jewish communities of ancestral Hebron, Kiryat Arba, Tekoa and many, many more. It will make the Disengagement from Gaza seem like just a practice run.
Giving away any part of Judea and Samaria will invite barrages of short-range missiles on Jerusalem and its surrounding communities. Tel Aviv and Gush Dan will be well within firing range of the most common missiles in the Arab arsenal. Easily manufactured and assembled missiles that they can launch by the hundreds, the likes of which we continue to see from Gaza, for which our leadership has yet to find a solution after years and years of terror from the skies. The residents of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv will have to get used to blaring sirens, to scurrying with petrified and traumatized children on a regular basis into bomb shelters, with a fifteen second warning before the missiles of death rain down over their heads. Jerusalem and Tel Aviv will suffer as much or more than Sderot. But Netanyahu and Trump will get their Nobel Peace Prize and be the darlings of world media. More Jews getting killed doesn’t bother anybody else. It’s not even newsworthy anymore.
Those enamored of Netanyahu would scarcely believe that he’s possible of such insanity, but the record is clear. Netanyahu, despite projecting otherwise, has consistently supported, enabled and implemented the giving away of land and the destruction of Jewish homes, from the Gaza disengagement through the destruction of Netiv Avot in Gush Etzion and multiple other communities in between.
For those who argue, as they did with the Gaza disengagement, that we can then go back and reconquer those areas, that argument has proven itself to be laughable. It will never happen with the current leadership. We have ample evidence.
If the established players succeed to pull the wool over the electorate’s eyes, we need to prepare ourselves for a lot more pain. More terrorist attacks. More missiles. More dead.
Frankly, there is only one hope. A strong Zehut party. A party strong enough that a government can’t be formed without it. Zehut is the only party that will not prop up a government that is willing to give away any more land. It’s that simple.
A short history lesson may be in order. The only reason for the existence of the PLO (now the “Palestinian Authority”) and the Hamas is for the murder of every single Jewish soul between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. They have hijacked and indoctrinated large percentages of their captive populations to this cause – with the insane, yet ongoing logistical and financial support of the current “most rightwing” government of Israel. The missiles that continually rain down on Sderot and the missile that was recently launched to the Tel Aviv area, are enabled and paid for by taxes collected from you and me. We are literally killing ourselves.
We are paying for enemy combatants to shoot at and kill our soldiers, while enforcing suicidal restraint on our side. We are allowing, encouraging and financing “freedom fighters” to rape and behead our daughters. Nobody wants to point fingers at King Bibi or any of his accomplices. We argue that Netanyahu is the greatest statesman we’ve ever had. He is the supreme orator. He is friends with both Trump and Putin. He can take care of us like nobody else can.
That is a farce. Netanyahu is supremely gifted. However, his failure to protect our cities and our people, his putting our sons and daughters in unnecessary danger, with no resolution to the conflict that has grown, multiplied and festered on his watch, is cause for great dismay.
He is skilled, duplicitous and powerful enough that he will most likely continue to serve as Prime Minister. Only a strong Zehut party has the chance of reining in the most destructive aspects of his agenda.
Netanyahu is perhaps one of the most charismatic and powerful prime ministers that Israel has ever had. Internationally, he is second to none. He has done much to represent Israel positively in front of leaders of the world as well as international media. That will not bring our dead sons back. It will not protect our children whom he endangers and will endanger further. It will not stop a multiplicity of even more funerals should he have a clear mandate.
A vote for any other party, is still a vote for Netanyahu. Every other party will bend on the issue of giving land. Even the most “rightwing” parties will give up Kiryat Arba to annex Gush Etzion. Besides being wrong on a multiplicity of levels, it will just cause even more blood to be spilled.
If you want more of the same, vote for Likud or anybody else. It doesn’t matter. The scam will continue. Our children will continue to be killed in vain.
If you want hope of some change, of some sanity, of some security, vote Zehut.