100 day itch

If you want a taste of how upset the religious parties are at being out of government, read this.

How about this quote:

“The vote of millions who supported Likud and the ultra-Orthodox parties were cast aside as if their voices held no weight. “

And where, do you think, was the writer’s concern when the vote of millions who did not support Likud nor the religious parties held no weight? What a hypocrite. It’s noteworthy that the new government specifically said they were there to rule for the benefit of all Israelis. Did Bibi ever say that?

Criticism of the government’s treatment of the coronavirus pandemic may be justified, but surely no more than the previous dictatorial regime that Netanyahu imposed: attempted bribery of the voters and a total failure to take responsibility and shut down the red areas. Yes, Bibi did get the vaccine situation right. But even a busted analog clock is right twice a day.

This part was also pure misdirection:

“It is sad that the government is set on tearing apart the delicate fabric that holds us together and deprives millions of its citizens of their civil rights.”

Let me translate: It is sad that the government is set on tearing apart the delicate fabric of greed that holds the religious parties together.

The present government is not perfect, but I much prefer it to the preceding regime. As many commentators have pointed out, the poison and the fraught relationships have been removed from the corridors of power. The target is to focus on the policies that are for the sake of the country, not just the – alleged – Talmud scholars. Secular Jews have rights too!

The repeated behavior of many – not all – of the haredi communities strongly suggests that whatever they are teaching, they need to have a good, long, hard look at the syllabus, rip it up, and start again. I suggest lesson one be all about Hillel’s Golden Rule:

“That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.”