Esor Ben-Sorek

Who Will Say Kaddish for Israel?

Let’s talk “dugri”. Put the cards on the table. The government of Israel has never been in worse shape. An activist like Glick in the Knesset? So big deal. He promised not to ascend Temple Mount while he serves in the Knesset. But he is violently anti-Arab and for political reasons in joining the Likud coalition, he needs to pretend to accept the idea of a two-State solution.

Making matters severely worse, a war-mongering Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman, who lacks all understanding of military and defense matters, who is vehemently disliked by the generals, who despises Arabs and wants to offer them money to leave our country and re-settle elsewhere, who has defied our Prime Minister numerous times in public and in the media, who is not respected by any international leader nor by the UN councils…. In which direction will he lead and what sane persons will follow him?

There is bound to be a battle of Liberman and the general staff. And hopefully our military personnel will win the battle and we will see the political demise of the likes of Liberman. He would be of better use serving in the government of Vladimir Putin.

Have our leaders inquired of the thousands of Israelis who are choosing to leave Israel for greener pastures why they are choosing to leave?

And when the last Israeli leaves and locks the doors, who will recite kaddish for Israel?

Our coalition is sick. Soon it may die and be gathered up to its founders. But in the meantime loyal and devoted lovers of our moledet can rise up in protest, block the main highways, picket the Knesset and the Prime Minister’s Residence. Make demands and do not accept weak and unsubstantiated responses.

First it was Olmerrt and the Rishon Tours scandal. Now it is the Bibi Tours fiasco.

If the Greek Diogenes came to Israel and walked our streets, lantern in hand, in search of an honest man, one can count on one’s fingers how many he may find.

We are living with corruption at the highest levels. Fraud, bribery, embezzlement. Is this the dream of a rebuilt Zion that Herzl envisioned?

When a decent and ethical and honest and loyal servant to the State like Moshe Ya’alon can be given the boot in order to gain five more Knesset seats, the stench of foul play can be felt across oceans and continents.

We have contacts with hundreds of nations but those contacts are based upon real-politik. Most of those nations do not love us and do not respect our attitude towards a peace agreement with the Palestinians. How can they when they know that in spite of his sweet words, our Prime Minister does not really want a two-State solution.

The Palestinian leadership understands him only too well. For that reason they refuse direct talks which in past have always been stale-mated and accomplished nothing, ending in failure.

And the proposed French Conference will impose upon us dreadful things that we would have to accept or reject. Quo Vadis? Where do we go from there?

Does anyone believe that Israel will relinquish East Jerusalem to be the capitol of a future Palestinian State? Does anyone believe that Israel will return the Golan Heights to Syria? Does any sane person believe that Israel will agree to the return of millions of refugees and their families who fled in 1948?

The answer to these foolish questions is a resounding NO What then is there left to discuss with Abu Mazen?

The only accord to which they may agree upon is to allow the opening of Café Ramallah on Dizengoff Street and a Café Aroma to open in the center of Ramallah. Then we can have a hummus contest and give the winner a red ribbon.

I am not prepared to say Kaddish for my homeland. I will never be ready.

Are you? Will you?

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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