Tuesday, August 5, 2008

So Kadima

The Olmert, Sharon, Livni, Mofaz, Ramon... ad nauseum... Israel political party, Kadima, was founded by a handful of politicians who were elected as Knesset Members for the Likud and other parties. They banded together, deserting their prior platforms and party faithful to establish Kadima, without the restrictions of veteran parties.

The whole business was dirty and unpleasant.

The Likud, led by Ariel Sharon, had been voted for by Israelis who wanted a strong right-wing government. Before they had finished cheering the strong results, Sharon took off his mask and presented his Disengagement Plan. If you don't remember, it was the forced displacement of thousands of peaceful, law-abiding Jews from their homes and the destruction of Jewish communities in Gush Katif and Northern Shomron. Gush Katif was given to the Arab terrorists.

Sharon ruled his cabinet with a strong hand, making it clear that opposition would find themselves deposed. To make things easier, he and Olmert established Kadima, and then Sharon had his series of strokes. Now, almost three years later, he is comatose, Olmert is under legal pressure to quit due to corruption charges and Livni and Mofaz are front-runners to take over Kadima.

In typical Kadima fashion, loyalty being for suckers and fools, they don't promise to remain in the party if they lose. In Kadima, ideology is a lot less important than raw ambition.

I can't think of any polite way to end this piece...


goyisherebbe said...

I think we are all sad and frustrated that this is going on this way. But one by one the wicked participants are going down. Sharon is comatose, the IDF chief of staff became the ex-chief of staff, Olmert is going and a lot of other characters have become nothings. They all have to go sooner or later. Remember that all of this is vanity. For anyone who wants to vent, a blog is a pretty good place to do it. I would really like to be able to do something constructive, though. Maybe raising the next generation with good values is ultimately the only thing that makes any difference. It may not be as spectacular as deposing a whole bunch of bad guys and putting them on trial and spitting in their faces, but we want what works.

Batya said...

goyish, thanks for your comments

I though that you were working with Feiglin.

goyisherebbe said...

I am indeed a member of Moshe Feiglin's Manhigut Yehudit. I am not saying it is 100% IT, but it is better than any other political options I can see. In a meeting at Kochav Hashachar a few months ago Moshe expressed his opinion that this political struggle is about the long haul. It could go on for a generation. We, the Jews of Eretz Yisrael, need to learn a completely new way of thinking and acting, much as the generation in the desert had to do before they could come into Eretz Yisrael. I sure hope we either get our act together more quickly or else make it through this time of trouble without completely losing the farm.
I saw a film of the expulsion today, going through the nightmare of the failed leadership, the hatred and the brainwashing. I came to the conclusions long ago that this was planned years in advance and was slowly set up including the closure of Arutz-7 radio broadcasts and the slow attempt to soften up the residents of the Gush by allowing attacks to occur. See my previous post. Today I looked at the footage of rabbis and public figures being more concerned at how they look than results. Rabbis should be spiritual leaders giving halachic and "daat Torah" advice rather than dealing with the brass tacks. Unfortunately they were involved in the latter and looked like a left-handed horse playing third base. This misplaced organization caused great discredit, and that was a crying shame. I am sorry to say that I have not seen significant improvement since then.

Batya said...

Yes, it has been systematic, chipping away at our security and sovereignty.

If you think Feiglin is really good, set up an opportunity for me to meet him.