Israel should follow the example of Holland, not of the USA
This is how Dutch society sees democracy:
The majority rules while taking minorities into account.
I learned this in school when I was about 16, years before I was allowed to vote. In the US, they can’t stop bragging about how their democracy of equality of all voters is their invention and superior to all other systems.
Well, first of all, equality’s not an American but a Jewish invention.
Secondly, how can a system be ideal if it employs piling lies on half-truths to polarize and split up society to win the majority?
Another difference between the Low Countries and the USA is that Dutch politicians are allowed to lie on condition that it doesn’t transpire. If any dishonesty comes out, they need to resign.
My mother’s father, a Talmud scholar murdered at Auschwitz, Louis Karel Nieweg, used to say: Communism is the best system if it wouldn’t have to be executed by people. The same trouble befalls the system of democracy.
Although the Netherlands had shown much tolerance and social sensitivity toward the weak in the 20th Century, its politics also ran into the ground.
The government of the Netherlands always was formed of numerous parties that after elections would negotiate for months to hammer out a very detailed agreement of what the government would do.
Unfortunately, that turned the Parliament into the cabinet’s rubber stamp. Especially in the last decade, opposition parties could object, coalition parties had to agree. Civil servants became used to sparsely informing the Government that also would give as little information as possible to Parliament. If you don’t tell anyone, no one can object. The flaws became painfully clear when a gigantic disgrace surfaced three years ago.
An enormous racist scandal stayed hidden for years in which the State fought decent citizens, destroying their reputation and finances, reducing tens of thousands to poverty, mostly those with a migrant background.
The duped cried out to parliamentarians. They didn’t help because they couldn’t believe the outcries. They said: Go to court. The judges rather believed the State. It took a deep digging by a couple of journalists and parliamentarians to reveal the depth and scale of the abuse.
The leading researching Parliamentarian, Pieter Omtzigt (who, surprisingly, until today still has not been decorated by the government for his work,) of the Christian coalition party, declared he had sworn to do what the Constitution demands, to check the Government, not just to support it. At the next elections, he received enough votes for five seats.
Then it was found that leading politicians, even of his own party, tried to promote him to places where he could not bother them anymore.
Still, the whole of Parliament had woken up and demanded transparency. This included the anti-immigrant parties! They never agreed that the State would fight decent hard-working people. They all demanded that the next coalition will have only agreements on main principles and that details will be determined in debates with them, representatives of the people.
The power struggle between the Government and Parliament is ongoing.
One problem that no one seems to address is that a proper separation of power between the executive and controlling branch is impossible when, like the situation is now, the leading ministers are at the same time the heads of the parliamentarian fraction that form the coalition.
Israeli politics too seems obsessed with majority positions. Just like Israel is inundated with cola and pizza, here too, it tries to copy the US. Bad deal.
Everybody needs a democracy in which not only the majority decides but also takes care of all the interests of every minority. It’s true, ‘if you’re not at the table, you’ll be on the menu.’ But that saying means to encourage people to represent their causes. It does not mean to say that if you’re among the ruling parties, you can trample the ones who are not.
Just what you say to a male bully: Real men protect, not attack, the weak.