What will Israel’s next government look like? It depends on us! – The Jerusalem Post

Posted By on December 23, 2020

We are heading to new elections again! That is not a bad thing, considering the total dysfunctional nature of the current terribly inflated government of ministers with zero responsibility and too many fake ministries.Due to a lacuna in our law, our indicted prime minister who cannot legally be a minister in his own government is allowed to be prime minister. A public servant with the same indictment cannot be a teacher in Israel, nor a community rabbi.Our prime minister should also be indicted and convicted of irresponsibility towards the public for failing to pass a state budget in facing the worst economic crisis with which the country has ever had to deal. The last budget passed in Israel is from 2018. The prime minister should also be indicted for his miserable failure in dealing with the novel coronavirus crisis. Yes, he gets credit for bringing so many doses of the vaccination to Israel so quickly, but he has lost the public trust for the zigzagging of decision making influenced more by politics than by the necessary public health concerns.Once again, this election will probably be a lot more about Yes Bibi or No Bibi than anything else. We are very unlikely to hear any real policy debates and undoubtedly, we will be bombarded with negative politicking much more than what candidates and political parties actually plan to do for us the people.I dont know what party I will vote for. I dont know what political parties will be running and who will be leading them. Voting for Meretz-Labor last time I definitely feel that my vote was stolen from me be the Peretz-Shmuli duo who lied to the public and marched into the pocket of the indicted prime minister who they promised they would never sit with. An even larger scandalous act of betrayal was knife-stabbing embarrassment of Orly Levy-Abecassis (Gesher) who went as far as having a ministry of nothing created for her irrelevance in the new government. I suppose that I am more fortunate than the 1.2 million people who voted for Blue and White only to be betrayed by the very people who promised to replace the indicted prime minister. What a horrible humiliation Gantz and Ashkenazi turned into.I dont have a viable candidate in mind to replace Netanyahu. Former Likud Gideon Saar is much more right-wing than Netanyahu and stands against many of the values that I hold dear. Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked with Bezalel Smotrich (National Union) in their camp is even more frightening to me than Saar with their combination of nationalistic-chauvinism and messianic craziness. In all honesty, if it is a choice between Bibi and Tibi (as the slogan goes) I trust Tibi (Joint List) a lot more than Bibi. But that too is not a realistic choice. Since I dont have a leader in mind nor do I know what will be the choices we will face behind the ballot curtain, I will describe what is important to me in a political leader and political party in these elections.THE FIRST and foremost issue of importance to me (and I believe for Israel) is a firm commitment to renew the political process with the Palestinians and a determination to end Israels control and occupation of the Palestinian people. I am not talking about 1 state, 2 states, 3 states or 10 states and all issues can be negotiated.

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