Esor Ben-Sorek
Esor Ben-Sorek

We Want OUR Boris

Britain got its Boris in a landslide victory and the largest defeat of Labour since just prior to World War II.

The happy defeat of Jeremy Corbyn after almost 80 years of Labour government is an immense victory, not only for the British but for the Conservatives and Democrats in nations around the globe.

When Great Britain held the mandate for Palestine from 1918 to 1948 they tended to favor the position of Palestine’s larger Arab population. Arabs, when appealing for a favor from the High Commissioner, were accustomed to bringing gifts and sweets as an “offering”. Whereas, when our Jewish leaders met with the High Commissioner, their requests were more like demands.

Arabs knew how to soften with kindness and hospitality, traits which the Zionist leaders did not have.

We were fighting for our freedom and for the fulfillment of Britain’s terms under the Balfour declaration…. terms which the British mandatory authorities often neglected and made false promises to reconsider the terms at the end of the war in Europe.

Although Sir Herbert Samuel, Britain’s first High Commissioner in Palestine, was himself a Jew, he closed his ears to many of the Zionist’s requests in order to evade the complaint of favoritism to the Jews.

His name is basically forgotten in Israel today except for the large promenade which surrounds the beaches on the Tel-Aviv shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The Herbert Samuel Promenade is the place to see and to be seen in bustling Tel-Aviv. Walking half naked is best. Just beware of the haredi zealots. They’re not permitted to peek.

As we are currently struggling to elect a working government with duly elected members of our Knesset, we should look carefully into the role of Britain’s new prime-minister, Boris Johnson.

We can learn much about his approach to an enormous victory for the Conservatives and the out-to-pasture of the defeated Labourites.

Now is a good time for us to seek admission into the Commonwealth of Nations like Canada, Australia, New Zealand among others. We share their common ideology and principles of democracy.

And if we are again attacked by enemy nations which surround us, the military strength of the Commonwealth nations will be duty bound to come to our aid. An offensive action against any one member of the Commonwealth is an offensive action against all other members and will be met with force in retaliation.

So…. Where is OUR Boris? We have a Bibi who has deceived us. It’s now time for a Boris to lead us.

As a result of our membership, every citizen of Israel can also carry a British passport, gain admission to British universities while still being loyal to Israel. Here, we are citizens. There, we become subjects…..subjects to the crown of a ruling monarch.

We have learned much from being crown subjects under the late British Mandate for Palestine. We can put that knowledge to our good benefit without surrendering our love and fidelity to our Israeli motherland.

And we can keep the privilege of singing two national anthems… Hatikvah (The Hope) and God Save Our Noble Queen.

The new bridge in Jerusalem cannot compare to the historical London Bridge but British fish-and-chips wrapped in a newspaper page is no substitute for falafel in pita covered with humus, tehina, and schug (burning hot red pepper).

The Union flag and the Blue and White flag with the Shield (not star) of David in the center will wave side by side with the flags and banners of a multitude of free English-speaking nations.

So send a congratulatory message to Boris Johnson on his great victory and invite him to address our Knesset, if and when we will have one, where he will address us on ways to defeat internal enemies and to emerge stronger and better.

So…. Where is OUR Boris? With one like him we will never need a Bibi again.

Am Yisrael Chai. The Nation and People of Israel live. God save the Queen.

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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