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Monday, November 17, 2008

Pathetic and Unhelpful

I feel abandoned by the Israeli political system. My gut feeling and unofficial/informal polling indicates that many Israelis feel the same way.

How stupid do those veteran politicians think we are? Two political parties are running garage sales, offering places on their lists, real cheap.

Three years ago, with the ballooning predictions in the polls, MK wannabees flocked to Kadima, which ended up with fewer seats and more disappointed opportunists. Many of those who voted for it and for the Labor Party have been disillusioned by their performances and have been telling the pollsters that the Likud looks better.

So, Bibi Netanyau is taking bids from sundry MK wannabees, trying to turn the Likud into a Centrist Supermarket of Ideas. That's what Kadima claimed to be last time. What actually happened is that Israel got an unlabeled surprise package. No reliable and consistent ideology, so there was more anarchy, like that horrendous war two years ago, run by politicians who followed the polls, rather than reality.

I haven't voted for the Likud for over thirty years. Actually, even though we still have membership, I think that I only voted for them once, just after the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The following elections found us in England on Shlichut (doing Jewish Youth Work,) and after Menachem Begin gave Egypt the Sinai, destroying the Jewish communities there, I followed Geula Cohen to T'chiya.

Since T'chiya's demise, I've had terrible times deciding which party deserves my vote.

I don't vote for religious parties, and the "new national religious party" is just the old one with a face lift and nose job. And the people running Arieh Eldad's Hatikvah are incompetent as politicians. I went to a couple of meeting, and I'm as turned off by their claims to be secular as I am by the NRP's official religiosity.

All I want is a political party which is for all Jews and promotes:

Eretz Yisrael L'Am Yisrael
The Land of Israel for the Jewish People

2 comments:

goyisherebbe said...

Effie Eitam's attempt to join the Licouldn't (with negative help from Bibi) is a whispered "amen" to Moshe Feiglin. Eitam made a serious blunder in entering politics in the NRP. Back when he was still in Sharon's good graces, had he joined the Likud, many things could have happened differently. But that's over and done with. The Likud is the Big Tent and we have to vote in the primaries and get the best we can. Then you decide in the general election who you want to hold your nose and vote for. But get the good guys on the lists as best you can. Since the new NU is not having primaries, the Likud is where to vote on primary day. The primaries are where it really counts because that determines who is going to be on the ballot.

Batya said...

a- there isn't a NU. It has been swallowed up by the NRP.
b- Is Effie saying anything about mf? Or is he joining as an ordinary Israeli?