Robbie Michaelson
Neither Right Nor Left - Just Passionate

While Our Country Keeps On Drifting

At the end of each week, just before the onset of Shabbat, which is unique to Israel, it is a good time to take stock of how our nation is faring. Sorry to say our country continues its’ drift into more dangerous and unfriendly waters.

The ruling Likud Party continued its internal struggle between the agent of change and the forces of more of the same. It is a fight between an inside-outsider who offers a different vision and perhaps a way out of the darkness and an inside-manipulator who believes that he and only he can save the country; at whatever the cost. The week wasn’t particularly good for our “leader” – he did succeed in cutting f 6,000 “new members” off of the Likud primary voter rolls but he did not convince his “friend” Putin to release the naive Israeli woman from a Russian jail nor did his “tough policy” toward Hamas stop more rockets being fired at Israel’s citizens. So much for the right wing being stronger than the left.

Our Attorney General continued to be missing in action with regard to a ruling on whether or not our under indictment Prime Minister can stand as a candidate and legally form, should he be so lucky, another Government. In the end our Supreme Court may force Mandelblit to decide to decide. Although if the “interim” Justice Minister has his way his own say will be the final say. In any event, like a member of Congress who votes “present” on a vote to impeach another ruler of another people, Mandelblit’s reluctance to take the side of what would be better for the country has prolonged the anguish of the people of our country and probably caused this 3rd unwanted and expensive election.

But while we complain about the cost of another election let us not forget that all of our Knesset members voted themselves a 1,600 shekel a month pay-raise before they dispersed the Knesset. Apparently they felt entitled to reward themselves for doing nothing while feeling sorry for the fact that no new budgets have been passed for the ordinary people, that our hospitals are over-flowing, that our infrastructure is crumbling, that many of our children struggle in poor families and that many of our seniors can’t afford to heat their homes in the winter.

The opposition Blue and White political party correctly pointed out the short-comings of the Likud party. What they obviously do not consider is their own lack of transparency regarding the holding of primaries. Trotting out the same electoral slate three times in a row is apparently kosher for the “non-kosher” party. Is everybody sleeping over there or did they all take a “Christmas break” and go out of town? Whoever is advising the Blue and White needs to leave.

Lest we forget, those who mean to do us harm, did not take a break this past week; or any week for that matter. Iran still accelerated their rush to a bomb and still moved precision-guided missiles closer to our borders. A Hezbollah supporter was in line to extend Iran’s main proxy organization’s physical control of Lebanon into the political sphere. Turkey threatened our presence in the Cyprus-Greece territorial waters corridor. The ICC  just singled out our “special” country for what surely will be another one-side legal review with unforeseen consequences.

And the good ship Israel continued its’ drift, another tech multi-billion dollar buyout notwithstanding, toward a more dangerous direction.

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.