By Shifra Shomron
It still isn't clear who Narkis will choose to join his coalition. At first glance, it seems as though choosing the religious parties is an obvious step, but according to Narkis' liberal outlook it seems as though he will try to form as wide a coalition as possible. The NU-NRP has conditioned their joining the coalition upon the Prime Minister's signing a document in which he promises to rebuild the settlements of Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron which were destroyed sixty three years ago. Also, they demand that the Prime Minister formally annex Judea and Sameria, encourage the emigration of Israeli Arabs, prevent national manifestations of the Thai towns New Banthai and Ma Du Zi, and more. The document is a sprawling seventy pages and includes social, educational and security issues. The Prime Minister hasn't responded yet.
In the meantime, the celebrations continue. "What's the problem, finally someone with a bit of tradition!" rejoiced Avi Dagan from Tel-Aviv. "After the last Prime Minister, Abdul Hasan, anything is preferable. Would you have rather Marwa Pachima got in? I've heard tales about her grandmother that would make your hair stand on end!"
"The important thing is someone who understands the importance of the army," Deputy General Yuri Stern explained his reason for voting for Benny Narkis. "We hear a lot of nonsense that ever since we've signed a peace treaty with the State of Palestine, and gave the Arabs compensations, and sent over economic, construction and agricultural experts - everything is fine and dandy. They forget that without a strong army the Arabs will attack at once. And there are too many citizens who don't enlist - and I'm not just talking about the Hareidi. There's less of a problem with them. For fifteen years now we've had special units for them and whoever isn't suited for studying Gomorrah all day comes to us. No, my problem is with all those that don't enlist for no reason at all - just to have fun. And now we're suddenly hearing about religious pacifists! I ask you, where's the limit?! I'm glad that Benny Narkis got elected - he's got a good army background, and I know that he plans to deal with this issue and strengthen the army.
"The President of America Julie McGaver has invited the new Prime Minister for a visit in the White House. The Prime Minister has announced his intentions of putting a laurel on Jonathon Pollard's grave during his visit, thus marking thirty years to Pollard's dying in prison. Currently, the Heroes-Home student organization is working to collect signatures on a petition demanding that the Prime Minister work to bring Pollard's bones to Israel. "Jonathon Pollard OBM dedicated his life to helping Israel. He was a Jew and he worked to save Jews. He dreamed of being freed from prison and coming to Israel. We didn't manage to achieve that during his life, and the least we can do is bury him in Israel. The thirty years memorial and a religious Prime Minister are two factors that are causing us to increase our efforts," said the head of the Heroes-Home organization, Levi Schalit (24) in a press conference yesterday.
In conclusion, the new Prime Minister has many challenges to face. He is accompanied by the hopes of many, as well as by an alert public that expects to see many changes for the good in the situation of Israel in the near future.
We wish him much success.
Shifra Shomron (21) is a former Gush Katif resident-expellee and the author of Grains Of Sand: The Fall Of Neve Dekalim, (Mazo Publishers, 2007).
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