Israel's Leftists: Exiled in Their Own Country

In a place where fascism rears its head, there is no deity but the prime minister. He is all. In his body, in his name, in his spirit. There is none but him.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, November 23, 2014.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, November 23, 2014. Credit: Reuters
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Israel’s citizens consider Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the Messiah. The head of the Shin Bet security service can say over and over, until he is blue in the face, that ascending to the Temple Mount endangers Israeli interests, but the public has taken sides with Netanyahu. After all, what does the head of the Shin Bet know? Woe to the country where a leftist is one who takes sides with the Shin Bet chief.

With the end of the bloody summer and this fall, in which the madness is self-evident, Netanyahu’s kingship is an accomplished fact. The head of the Shin Bet, which is no charitable organization, is the enemy of the people as well, because he insulted both the chief of staff and even Netanyahu by contradicting him. And in a place where fascism rears its head, there is no deity but the prime minister. He is all. In his body, in his name, in his spirit. There is none but him.

His kingdom is no longer a prosaic function of political conjunctures. It is not coincidental. His kingship is now almost mystical. It is not just the calculated act of his advisers – after all, one cannot attribute the Third Israelite Kingdom to David Shimron or Nir Hefetz. One can hardly credit them with concealing Sara Netanyahu’s caprices and exploitative wastefulness.

Benjamin Netanyahu is currently king of Israel because people who do not see themselves as citizens in a democratic state, but rather as “Jews” and mainly as persecuted Jews, think that Netanyahu, the mystical entity who embodies “Israel,” knows better than anyone what is “good” and what is “bad.” There is a good reason that the most popular children’s program for 8-to-12-year-olds is about a royal family – a scion of the Davidic line, no less – played not funnily by Rami Vered and Orna Banai.

So now we must tell the Israeli left wing – enlightened, sane, moderate and connected to reality as it is: Despite the great amount of support that you receive outside Israel, you do not realize where you are living. There will be no left-wing government in Israel because messianism has become the province of total secularists. Ofer Winter, the Givati Brigade’s 44-year-old commanding officer and happy grandfather of a granddaughter, is the ideal of the Third Israelite Kingdom. But if he should get into trouble and disagree with Netanyahu, his fate will be similar to that of the Shin Bet chief.

Logic has gone bankrupt. There is no murder anymore, there is only “Jewish blood.” There is no individual or minority opinion any longer – there are the last flickers of wisdom in the Supreme Court at a time when a generation of judges who will no longer disqualify or appeal laws such as the “Prevention of Infiltration Law,” which goes against the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty, is growing stronger in the district courts. Israel’s left wing, fragmented and conflict-ridden as it is, exists – but it is increasingly becoming a community with no land. It is becoming a community in exile whose members write, paint, teach, study and live disconnected from the land.

They cannot fulfill the Zionist dream because the land here has become sacred. On the other side, the praying society, in which those who have no “Jewish blood” do not possess equal rights according to its views and its laws, teaches the main principles of its faith in schools, and Minister Rabbi Shay Piron is its emissary. With the help of budgets amounting to 12.5 million shekels, which are found ex nihilo for every passing program, Piron is destroying education in Israel as Netanyahu, king of Israel, rubs his hands with glee.

An amazing and bleak combination of a glacial personality with religious and nationalist zeal is making Netanyahu invincible. The leftists in Israel need to know: Leftism is a people without a land for a land with no hope.

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