Where Are the Wrongs?

We have the Old Right, the New Right, the Religious Zionist Right, the United Right, the Democratic Right. So with all the rights, why do we have a country in turmoil? Why are there so many wrongs?

Since our independence on May 14, 1948, we have been a divided nation…one nation, “invisible”, with liberty and justice for some.

Once in our ancient history we were split in two because of wanton hatred. Israel in the northern kingdom and Judah in the southern kingdom. And rarely did the twain meet.

When the prophet Amos left Judah and traveled north to Israel, the priest Amatziah did not greet him warmly. Amos was not a welcome voice in Israel but was rather a common and familiar voice in south Judah. And for his words, placed in his mouth by God, he suffered bitterly.

We are not two separate states physically but very much so in our political and religious attitudes. And now the Trump “peace” (or “piss”) plan would have us divided again in two separate states… one for us and one for them. (The “them” is a secret word for Palestinians).

But the Palestinians should take a clue from Theodor Herzl, founder of the Zionism they hate. He declared “if you will it, it is no dream”. For two thousand years the Jews had willed a return to an independent homeland. It was not only a two thousand year old dream, it was a strong will to urge the nations of the world to share our dream. And it came true.

The Palestinians deserve a place in which to live, separate from the Jews. But it will not come through wanton bloodshed, massacres or terrorism. It will come only through negotiations between two sides, face to face, without international interference, and a strong will to convince the “wrong” that they are “right.”

Jewish holy places should be kept always in the hands of the Jews and Muslim and Christian holy places in the hands of a future Palestinian state. In that way, much conflict will be diminished, if not completely eradicated. With the guaranteed right of freedom for all groups to visit and to worship freely.

How can Shaked’s right be inclusive with Otzma’s Kahanist wrong? There is no Lechi (brave Stern gang) or Irgun who fought against British mandatory control of pre-state Palestine. They fought for a cause of freedom.

The Kahanists are descendants of a warped-minded American rabbi, Meier Kahane, who hated Arabs (and most non-Jews as well) and whose dream was to create a Jewish state completely free of Arabs. We have gone from judenrein to arabrein but the foul stench is the same.

Could a “united” New Right not be achieved without the inclusion of the Otzma racists?

I e-mailed one dozen friends in towns, kibbutzim and cities from Metullah to Eilat asking who they thought they might vote for in September. Four of the twelve indicated ballots for Likud. Five preferred Kachol v’Lavan (Blue & White party) and only three were honest enough to remain undecided.

Wishing to remain unbiased I did not indicate the party or candidate of my choice.

I hope that our very esteemed president, Reuven Rivlin, will, after hearing recommendations from all parties, find the strength to say, in one Hebrew word (or two) “dayenu” (or ‘”maspik”) meaning that we have had enough of the Likud’s chairman. A Likud victory might be possible if it agrees to remove Netanyahu from its number one spot. And when he leaves, let him take meddling and interfering Sara with him.

Her pleas to Michal Peretz to implore her aid in conniving with her husband to keep Ayelet Shaked out of the top place is despicable. And although Sara denied it, her lies have been opened to the public by recordings on her telephone.

Why her vitriolic hate against Shaked who once worked as Bibi Netanyahu’s aide? Maybe there was an unfounded suspicion of his assumed intimacy with her. Maybe it is Sara’s fear that Shaked will one day become prime minister and will reveal stories that Sara would not like to hear. In any case, Sara is a serious threat to our democratic system in Israel. Bibi will go eventually. Sara hopefully sooner.

That, in my opinion, would be the right (not “RIGHT”) thing to do.

And after I am appointed to be Israeli ambassador to the UN, replacing Danny Danon, I will say so in the Council of the Nations of the world.

After all, Herzl said “if you will it, it is no dream”.

OK. Nu ? I am willing it. Where could I go wrong? But the dream remains only a dream. Much better than a night-mare !

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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