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CHANGING THE SYSTEM
Let it be clear as it could possibly be: The main motivation behind the extraordinary, demonic drive for a change in the Israeli political system is the desire and passion to destroy the political power of the religious parties and community in Israel.
Disgust with the present system of corruption and bribery and stealing from the public trough? Indeed, there is that and more, but for thirty years as Mapai and Labor-Left and its Mapam and kibbutz allies ruled the country with all the arrogance and contempt of some Stalinist Boss Tweed, corruption ran rampant and bribery was the order of the day, and they stole shamelessly by the light of the day. The Histadrut ran the country and ran the money and took the money and created a cadre wealthy arrogant political leftist labor leaders. The kibbutzim received the best land in the country and fully 30% of the water despite the fact that they totaled three percent of the population, at best. Parties decided how much money to take for their expenses and needs – at will. Never in Israel’s history was there ever a single party able to form a government without a coalition, and how much political bribery was paid then! Knesset members switched parties, and all that the liberals and leftists suddenly find disgusting began and flourished for decades under the liberals and leftist. And no one shouted:
More, in those days they not only stole money, the stole people. They not only killed democracy, they kidnapped children and destroyed souls. The Sephardic immigrants who came to Israel were treated with contempt and with strong-arm tactics that were worthy of the Bolshevik Mafia that ran the country. The earlocks that were ripped from Yemenite children’s heads went along with the forced irreligion that was thrust upon them in the Kibbutzim and Youth Aliyah institutions so proudly boasted of by the same Hadassah which, today, demands a change of the system. Six hundred Yemenite children, kidnapped after being born, and given to elite members of the political Mafia establishment, are still missing, and the results of the deliberate destruction of Judaism within hundreds of thousands of Sephardic Jews by the left-liberal Mafia can be seen today in the crime, violence, pornography and general destruction of values of the grandchildren of the Jews of Spiritual genocide. And no one shouted then: Change the system!
What was done to the religious Sephardic Jews then was deliberate, just as what is being done today is deliberate. Just as then the left-liberal Mafia feared the growth of the religious political power in the “democracy” that was Israel and so they went about destroying it, so, too, today the motivation behind the hypocritical call for change in the system in the name of “democracy” is an obscene fear that in a democracy the religious will win the day because of their population growth.
And so, the Nazi-like caricature that appear in the papers and the blatant incitement to hate against the religious. And the outrage over ten of millions of shkalim to religious institutions when the kibbutzim just had debts of billions wiped away, and the Histadrut’s corrupt institutions are bailed out with hundreds of millions of shkalim from the Treasury, and the Likud – a partner in corruption ever since it got a taste of power – decides to raise the amount of money for the parties since it is deeply in debt.
If all that was troubling the “moralists of democracy” was the power of small parties, there is a simple solution to it and that is to raise the percentage of votes needed for a Knesset seat from the present 1% to three or four or five. That would eliminate all small parties and produce four major ones, as blocs are formed – right, left, cent and religious. Ah, but that is the problem. The religious would still be there and still be in a position to grow, through babies, and become more and more powerful and that is what disturbs all the “moralists” of the left. If instead of the black-garbed Rabbi Shach and others, the small parties that held the government captive were those of Ratz and Mapam and Shinui – that would have never led to the hysterical demands of “Change they system!” But it was the religious. And that brought out all the hate and racism that the moralists so deplore when used against Arabs.
It is difficult to understand the sheer bile that possesses the left-liberal secularists when they discuss the religious. It is an obsession with them. It is a war – not of culture but of belief, of being. Those who destroyed Jewish values and found themselves with a morally rotting state and children who are neither religious nor Zionist, but empty of all values except “Me,” can never admit their failure. And so they hate the religious and they hate Judaism and they hate themselves. What did the Rabbis say (Psachim 49b)? “Greater is the hatred of the ignoramus for the scholar than the of the gentile for the Jew.” And we see it daily in Israel.
Are the religious parties corrupt? Of course they are; shamefully so! Are they a disgrace to Torah? Of course they are, and in the words of the prophet Isaiah (1:6): “From the sole of the foot to the head, there is no soundness.” And let the wise man understand . . . . But Labor and Likud make them look like pikers in comparison.
Change the system? And then things will be better? Has not history proven a thousand times over that it is not the system but the people who bring evil and corruption into the world? The same thieves and corrupt politicians with their money and power will create the same abomination in Israel under any system.
Do you know what they wish to do? They wish to create districts from which individuals can be elected. Districts that will guarantee that the religious, despite their larger population, will always be limited to 3-4 seats since they live together in 3-4 districts. Districts that make the vote infinitely less democratic (if that is what bothers you) than the present system of proportional representation. For under the present system, every vote counts. Under district voting, all those who did not vote for the winner see their votes go down the drain. Indeed, that is why in England today there is a great demand to change the system from district voting to proportional representation, as in Israel . . . . Democracy? They are not interested in democracy except that it will help them keep or get power.
And they tie all this to a demand for a constitution that de facto will turn Israel from a Jewish state into a Western democratic one in which Jewishness will not matter, and it will be “Israeliness” that will be the equal common denominator, with the non-Jewish Israeli equal common denominator, with the non-Jewish Israeli equal to the Jewish one and the very reason for a “Jewish” state destroyed.
When the All Mighty created the Torah He understood that it is not the “system” that makes things good or bad. It is the people. And that is why the same Torah that is so stringent concerning seemingly minor matters in a person’s life has no definitive system for political organization or economic structure. For these things are not the important ones in building a society. Times change and structures change, but good and evil in the world come from Man. And the same corrupt, hypocritical thieves will continue their dirty business in any system. For a cesspool by any name remains just that.
And one final word.
As I watch the enormous success of the liberal-left drive to change the system. I will never forgive, until my dying day, those thousands and more “supporters” of mine who helped us lose Israel when we had a divine opportunity to save the land.
Watching the large rallies demanding a “change,” I know that it is Kach that could have had the crowds and the rallies and the momentum in a demand for a Referendum. The disgust of the people with all the parties, our unbelievable popularity as the only clean and honest group – all this made for a golden opportunity to demand People Power, a Referendum! But we did not have the money that the liberal-left has, and so we lost the opportunity and I doubt if it will ever come again. And the reason we had no money was that the ones who cheer me and condemn the Left and the traitors and Peres and Likud, and thus get their pious preaching jollies so that they can feel pure and good and righteous, never made the sacrifices. Never gave me the money at a time when I saw the events coming. Again. Once again, the betrayal by the supporters and cheerers.
The country is falling apart. As small people haggle over seats and money and power, Iraq speaks of missiles and chemical warfare and Egypt nears a nuclear bomb and I sit in frustration knowing what might have been if my supporters and cheerers had cared enough to do more than gleefully condemn Peres.
And for that, for what they did to Israel, I will never forgive them.
Written: May 1990
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