I attended the "March of the Million", more in hope than in expectation. Part of the reason for the success of the Trajtenberg Committee in diffusing the protest was that Daphni Leef didn’t have any real agenda; she made a bit of noise and was given a few small presents to show to her student friends. All very sweet, but completely irrelevant to the overtaxed, non-affluent middle class, the underpaid and undervalued teacher, or the struggling factory worker. The failure is that Leef and co. did not present a coherent platform, did not attack the overblown defence budget, the state’s financial support for an ever growing non-working Haredi population, the cronyism and protectionism that pervades the awarding of government contracts to private sector companies, and the lack of policing of the large cartels that dominate the Israeli marketplace. I won’t be attending this weekend because Leef has shown that she doesn’t represent me, or you, or the family in Rehovot. Leef is a reflection of Israel’s political system. Every so often there is a protest movement (Derech Shilishit, Shinui, Kedima) that gathers support in the polls, gains a few Knesset seats, but has already failed its public by not having a proper manifesto or political platform. It’s then given a few Volvos and a pat on the head by Labor or Likud and, unsurprisingly, fades away at the subsequent elections.
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