'After spending tens of millions of dollars of the investors' money, the way to receivership looked shorter than ever,' recalls Amimon's CEO.02:21 27.11.15 | 0 comments
What do you expect from diaspora Jewry? They visit Israel as tourists, see the main sights and get a very shallow view of the country. Equally, they have been raised not to question what Israel does and that the government of the day must know best. Recently, sitting in a Tel Aviv beachside restaurant, I heard one tourist say to another - Do you like Israel? She replied - Of course, I love Israel. Her automatic response reflects that Jews have been programmed to give Israel unconditional support. I was desperate to go over and ask her - what is it you love about Israel? Do you love its move away from being a democracy towards illiberalism, have you been to Hebron and seen how people are being forced to live there, have you travelled over the West Bank and seen interminable concrete walls, barbed wire fences and Jews-only roads that have been built to aid the occupation but at the same time is destroying the landscape, have you asked parents in East Jerusalem how they feel that there are not enough school places for their children, have you asked Israel's Arab citizens how they feel about receiving less state funding for their communities then Jewish ones - and so on. Of course, I did not because it was not my place to intrude on two strangers' conversation and also - why bother, it would just be a waste of time, she probably would have no awareness of the Israel I was describing,. Fortunately, not all diaspora Jews fit into this picture but too many still do. They do not know what is happening in Israel, how it is changing so much and therefore - of course - they cannot know that maybe they should be asking more questions and no longer just blindly accepting.