Monday, December 24, 2018

Have You Heard The News?

Here I am voting in the most recent Knesset elections, March 2015
Bibi has called for elections. This year 5779 and soon 2019, Passover cleaning will also mean cleaning up all the campaign litter.  Yes, the date chosen is April 9, which is the 4th of Nissan, just a week and a half before the Passover Holiday. Yes, here in Israel we function on two calendars simultaneously.

And if you're curious, I haven't a clue as to which political party to support.

I don't know if I've ever voted for the Likud. The first time we voted, in 1974, there wasn't a Likud Party. There was Gahal, which was the Herut and Liberal parties. Herut, Freedom was headed by Menachem Begin. In those days, Begin was our political and ideological hero. And the Liberal Party was the non-socialist one. They were the two parties on the Right, while the Labor Party was on the Left, and the 1st of May was still celebrated by them.

We missed the 1977 elections, since we were on shlichut, doing Zionist youth work in London. Shlichim don't get absentee ballots, though embassy staff do.

When we returned home to Jerusalem, miraculously, Menachem Begin was Prime Minister. For the first time in Israeli history a non-Labor/socialist was in charge. But then Begin did what Labor never dared to do, something that Begin if in opposition would have condemned, he made a treaty Peace Agreement with Egypt's President Sadat, gave Egypt the Sinai and destroyed a slew of Jewish communities. After that I supported Geula Cohen's Techiya Party. I voted for them until they faded from the political scene, when they didn't get enough votes to make it into the Knesset. Since then I feel like a political orphan.

Over the next three and a half months, until Knesset Elections, I'll be in political pundit mode. Gd willing expect more posts. I warn you that I have more questions than answers. Let's talk. That's what my comments are for. Also please feel free to share this post and the subsequent ones.

What do you think? I welcome your comments.


Mr. Cohen said...

Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

“G*D will give the Jewish people strength,
only then will the Jewish people have peace,
and that is the lesson of the Holocaust;
that is the lesson of Israel.

A strong Israel is required to get peace.
Never apologize for your strength.”

SOURCE: Alan Dershowitz Dismantles the BDS Movement
a YouTube video by Alan M. Dershowitz, 2016/7/23


Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

“In life as in law there are statutes of
limitations that recognize that history
changes the status quo.

The time has come — indeed it is long
overdue — for the world to stop treating
these Palestinians as refugees.

That status ended decades ago.”

SOURCE: What Is a Refugee?
by Alan Dershowitz, 2018 March 10


Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

The most recent Hamas provocations —
having 40,000 Gazans try to tear down
the border fence and enter Israel
with Molotov cocktails and other
improvised weapons — are part of
a repeated Hamas tactic that I have
called the “dead baby strategy.”

Hamas’ goal is to have Israel kill
as many Gazans as possible so that
the headlines always begin, and often
end, with the body count.

Why Does the Media Keep Encouraging Hamas Violence?
by Alan Dershowitz, 2018 May 16


Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

“The anti-Semitism from the right is
the typical fascist anti-Semitism that
we remember from the bad and dark old days.

The anti-Semitism of the left is
quite different; it disguises itself
as anti-Zionism, but it quickly morphs
into anti-Semitism. When students yell
"there’s no room for Zionists at Hunter College",
they don’t mean Zionists. They mean Jews.

When they attack the Zionist president
of Hunter, they attack the woman who
happens to be Jewish. I don’t even know
what her views on Israel are.

So, it’s a new form of anti-Semitism
disguised as anti-Zionism.
We have to fight it hard.”

SOURCE: Alan Dershowitz on Trump,
Israel, and Anti-Semitism

by Hannah Grossman, 2018 November 6

Batya said...

Peace among us?

Esser Agaroth said...

Damned if we do; damned if we don't.

Who could replace him, even if we did have significant numbers in alternative parties. Danny Danon? OY!

It's a divide and conquer strategy. All of these misguided people thinking they can get their small parties into Knesset....

Marzel, Ben Ari, et al are not terribly organize. They would certainly shake things up, though.

Feiglin? Will he even get in? Maybe. I supported him for many years. No more. He is the reason I joined Likud, and also the reason I left, when Bibi pushed him out.

Yep. We'll have (UN, US, EU says to jump) Bibi (How high?) again. And we'll have the same ol' choices believing it'll be different next time, and it never will be.

Anonymous said...

I've got a strong feeling gonna be wild after the election... something like '92 revival... I only wish to be wrong, and to see a strong right wing govt lead by Bibi. Unfortunatly noone learns from the past...

Batya said...

Esser, yes, for sure. There's no one at this point.

a, we'll see