Jack Molad

The streets must not win

It is apparent that the protesters are aiming to rule from the streets. The larger the crowd, the higher the aims. As the days go by, the organizers sense the strength they have been generating, as well as the greater number of participants across the country. Jumping into this boiling pot, the media appears to lend a hand to the protesters, as their cameras catch those who are physically confronting the police, and then subsequently wrestled to the ground.

The protesters seem to have crossed the line of civil demonstrations and are heading towards violence. On top of all that, the IDF has entered into the struggle by supporting the protesters and moving against the elected government’s authority, something which has never happened before. Despite all the talk of reconciliation, leaders on both side continue to threaten each other and the opposition encourage their protesters to continue marching by the thousands, blocking public major roads and institutions.

It is clear to me that the final say in our national interest should come from its elected body. Let’s remember that our elected body is in fact the current government who is pushing forward judicial reform. For all the opposition’s talk of democracy, they omit the fact that a democracy cannot be ruled by a minority.

Amidst all of this, there is an ugly mission aimed at demonizing Netanyahu, who has served Israel longer than anyone. His current health condition may even be testament to his years of stress and sacrifice to his country. It is time that the ongoing fiasco of minor charges be dropped so we can focus on national interests.

Israel cannot afford to continue this confrontation, which creates a national weakness that can be exploited by our enemies. Iran, for one, may feel encouraged to test Israel’s resolve by pushing their Proxies to commit terror attacks from all sides. Israel faces enough problems already; we can hardly afford a civil confrontation.

There has not been a more pressing time for both the coalition and opposition to stop this conflict and avoid a civil catastrophe.

Jack Molad

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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