Robbie Michaelson
Neither Right Nor Left - Just Passionate

We are being played for suckers!

Day who-knows-what the number is of the coronavirus pandemic in Israel and one cannot help but believe that we are being played for suckers. Information about the pandemic reached our leaders on or about the 20th of January and after two months plus we are in an almost total “lockdown” – with no end in sight.

Does anybody know how many respirators are really in the country? Do we know why so  few coronavirus tests have been administered? Do we know how many masks and protective equipment are really available to our medical professionals? Or are we to trust in Prime Minister Netanyahu and his team of Litzman, Professor Sigal Sadetzki, Moshe Bar Siman-Tov and Professor Itamar Grotto?

Is someone had told you 75 days ago that the whole country would be shutdown because 60 poor souls had succumbed to a virus, with another 120 odd people in bad shape, you would have said what? Let us destroy the economy, create over 1,000,000 Israeli unemployed citizens, and tell people that they can’t travel more than 100 meters from their residence. Hey, it is all about saving lives – correct?

We are told in controlled television appearances by our 3 time carry-over 3 time indicted Prime Minister that we are battling a health crisis and that we all need to follow the directives of his Ministry of Health. Now let’s see, the Minister of Health, who was appointed by the former “acting” Minister of Health, Benjamin Netanyahu, is himself to be indited and has himself flaunted his very own health directives to become himself stricken with the coronavirus and is himself in quarantine. Apparently Mr Litzman believes praying in a crowd takes precedence over setting a healthy example for the citizens he is supposed to protect.

This very same Litzman, along with another possibly to be indited Aryeh Deri, our Minister of the Interior, both saw fit to prevail on our “caretaker” Prime Minister Netanyahu to broaden the lockdown from those areas with the most coronavirus cases to the whole country. The logic given was that we cannot discriminate against our haredi citizens, even though that 10% of our population has accounted for around 50% of our total coronavirus cases. Of course, the real logic is that Netanyahu needs the backing of Litzman and Deri for his “stay out of jail” scenario. So the whole country gets to spend the Pesach holiday with their “immediate” nuclear family. How nice and considerate.

We were told way back when that Israel needed a “unity Government”  immediately because of the coronavirus. We were told that lie over a month ago. Benny Gantz appears to have bought the lie. A lot of good it has done? We still have no Government. Forget about the jockeying for ministerial positions or about the annexing the Jordan Valley. There is no Government today because Netanyahu doesn’t want to give up control of the Judiciary. And we are being played for  suckers as the result!

About the Author
First came to Israel as a volunteer after the Six Day War. Made Aliyah in 1972, served in the IDF, stayed in Israel for 4 years. Returned again to live permanently in Israel in 2017. Am widely traveled & strong supporter of Zionism. Have an M.A. in International Relations from McGill University.
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