The political scene in Israel is vibrant, and that’s
probably an understatement. The prospects of routine, civil discourse are somewhat reduced by the scale of foreign intervention. Apart from funding – whether from left wing nation states, or right wing casino moguls – there are also pronouncements by prominent people such as the USA Ambassador or the head of the UN (to name just a couple) guaranteed to keep the pot boiling. But, for now, I want to concentrate on the picture on the domestic front.
In this post, I want to point you towards an Israel HaYom piece – The Left’s losing battle – by Dror Eydar, a former kibbutznik I believe, now more on the Bibi side of the political spectrum.
It starts like this:
They don’t stop. Even though the entire right-wing conservative camp unequivocally condemned the controversial “foreign agents” Im Tirtzu post last week (which depicted intellectuals and actors as subversive figures), the onslaught against the Right has continued. It is also worth noting that the Left does not lift a finger when its allies engage in much more provocative conduct.
Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg demonstrated leadership by suspending himself, paving the way for some serious introspection by his organization. The movement must now go beyond that and appoint a council of former activists to advise it on a regular basis. Now that the Right has clearly distanced itself from that post, we must look at the big picture. Im Tirtzu, unlike groups on the other side of the spectrum, has never slandered Israel on the world stage, never joined hands with members of the BDS movement, never tried to boycott artists or performers at certain venues, and never silenced anyone.
So why has this movement been subjected to such an onslaught? Why did this movement, run by young students, have to endure this ordeal after it exposed the political activities of the New Israel Fund and protested the politicization in social sciences departments and forced the media to grapple with the problematic conduct of the left-wing human rights organizations?
Im Tirtzu is just one of the extras in a script written by the Left. Not a calm week has gone by since the Left lost the election in 2015. The shock on the Left after the votes were cast matched the shock following the 1977 upset, which ended almost 30 years of left-wing dominance.
One of his main themes is that the left has not accepted the defeat at the ballot box. Sound familiar?
Although suffering from a less than elegant translation from the original Hebrew, you will well follow his analysis and arguments. I’m not saying I agree with all (or even most) of what he says, but I did find it interesting and thought provoking. So, well worth reading. Do that here.