Zelda Harris
Five on the 100 aliyah from UK list!

Who is to blame?

I have read and reread the comments and analysis of what I call the disastrous result of the Election campaign. In particular the criticisms against the left but namely, the relationship between Meretz and Labour leaders, both of whom were, in a way on trial.

I have been devout Labour supporter since 1949 when I first arrived in Israel. The days of

the iconic David Ben Gurion. Added to which as one who also spent a year working at the HQ in Hayarkon Street,I knew many of the past and some present players, personally.

Furthermore as Director of BIPAC in Tel Aviv I took foreign journalists to meet Politicians and MK’s across the board.

I have always thought highly of the Electoral Systems whereby one could identify personally with those who would represent one, in the Corridors of Power. For years with the support of the late President Chaim Herzog, The Committee of Concerned Citizens lobbied and demonstrated for a change in the system.

I have had experience of the American system, through my activities on behalf of Jews from the FSU and also Road Safety. I have found them to be accountable in the same way that Members of Parliament in the UK are.

I believe that when a citizen approaches a democratically elected representative he deserves a reply.

I approached Merav Michael who I felt was my present representative on the subject of Road Safety, when she became Transport Minister. I suggested that I and a prominent Professor and expert on the subject, go to meet her.

I did not receive any reply.

That for me was a blow and there was nothing to do about it.
So here I am with a representative who needs my vote and in whom I have no confidence!

I have had close friends for years who are devout MERETZ supporters. It was hard for me to make a decision when I stood at the ballot box. As a very senior citizen I may not even be around at another election.

Israel is my home of choice and I am proud! It is a very special country indeed. I have friends in every sector. There is so much here that is exemplary and also a great deal which needs change of attitudes. This is imperative for the sake of all of us who want to live in the land of the three monotheistic faiths.

We always have to keep this in mind.

I do not know how we can get our representatives’ to take up the challenge but its worth a try.

Wishing every success to our new government.

About the Author
Zelda Harris first came to Israel 1949, aged 18. After living through the hardships of the nascent state, she returned to England in 1966. She was a founding member of the Women's Campaign for Soviet Jewry. In 1978, she returned with her family to Israel and has been active in various spheres of Israeli Society since. Together with the late Chaim Herzog, she founded CCC for Electoral Reform, was the Director of BIPAC in Israel, and a co-founder of Metuna, the Organisation for Road Safety, which received the Speaker of Knesset Quality of Life Award for saving lives on the roads and prevention of serious injury. She is now a peace activist, blogger for Times of Israel and is writing her life story.