Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Generation of the Cynic

Left, right and center...


There's one thing that the vast majority of Israelis agree on; over 90% find corruption in politics. Of course, everyone blames someone or something else. The funniest is that the most veteran Israeli politician, the 80+ Shimon Peres recommends that politicians, excepting himself of course, should be limited in the number of years one may hold political positions. The same man whose name is synonymous with the Oslo Accords recommend that university students be able to practice their ideas in the Knesset. Is he kidding? Knowing Peres...

Proudly on the right, I have no problem admitting that I'm an uncompromising extremest, Right-wing nationalist, when it comes to my Land, People and Country, I see the government, judicial and media dominated by the Left. That makes it hard for me to understand how the Left can also be so disenchanted with the government.

Yes, the good news is that we actually agree on something. The question is the solution. And yes, I see good news there, too. I'm not giving up, not at all. I hope and pray that the apathetic Left will just give up, not vote, not get involved and let us rehabilitate the country! But please don't tell them...

4 comments:

Hadassa DeYoung said...

Shalom, Batya! Remember the election when large numbers of Arabs didn't vote out of protest? I can't remember which one it was but boy did they feel stupid afterwards. I don't think anyone has tried the same tactic since. We can dream...
Hadassa

Batya said...

But I can't decide whom to vote for, just whom not to vote for...

Anonymous said...

The problem for you is that the left is NOT apathetic. There are a small number of leftists in Israel. There are a much larger number of apathetic people of indeterminate political views. Because neither group wears kippot you lump them together, but really, they have little to do with each other.

Since you regard yourself as an extremist, you should be able to see that not only the left but the center is going to disagree with you. Like all parliamentary democracies, Israel's policies tend towards a rather aimless middle course. You, as an extremist on the right, are dissatisfied with this. But rest assured that the extremists on the left are equally dissatisfied.

Batya said...

elad, the left is doing a better job getting their views out. Today's "center" is the "far left" of only a few years ago.