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This New Labor Party Will Bring Israel to Ruin

Nehemia Shtrasler
Nehemia Shtrasler
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Lawmaker Naama Lazimi, who finished in the top place following the Labor party's primary voting.
Lawmaker Naama Lazimi, who finished in the top place following the Labor party's primary voting.Credit: Moti Milrod
Nehemia Shtrasler
Nehemia Shtrasler

It wasn’t just ageism. The political elimination of veteran ministers Omer Bar-Lev and Nachman Shai is also a symbol of the revolutionary change Labor is undergoing. From a center-left, middle-class party dealing in security and diplomatic issues (the two-state solution) and supporting a market economy with care for the weak, the ill, and the poor, Labor has become a social-populist party that has entirely shelved the diplomatic-security issue and seeks to enforce a Marxist economy here.

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Na’ama Lazimi and her friends (Gilad Kariv, Efrat Rayten, Ram Shefa and Emily Moatti) have in effect executed a hostile takeover of the party. It can be seen clearly in the top of the list running for Knesset. There is not a single security-diplomatic figure, only Knesset members who are outright proponents of increasing government involvement in the economy, increasing regulation, increasing spending, subsidizing everything under the sun, increasing direct taxation and expanding the deficit. These are supporters of the big unions (as in the Electric Company and the ports,) nationalization (as in gas), price controls (as in housing) and high tariffs (on dairy, chicken, fish, eggs, and produce) without understanding that this is the main cause of the high cost of living. Give them the fabulous socialist model of Venezuela, mired in poverty, and they’ll be overjoyed.

Finishing first in the primaries and leading the pack was Lazimi, thanks to the relentless economic populism she proffered, with a specialty in particularly harmful bills. She has become the darling of the new/young Labor voters, people who view themselves as part of the radical left.

Lazimi made headlines when she proposed raising the minimum wage from 29 shekels ($8.90) to 40 shekels ($12.20) an hour – a 38-percent increase! Had this been done, we would have witnessed layoffs, closures, unemployment and soaring prices. The minimum wage may need to be raised, but carefully and responsibly, and this can be achieved only by agreement between employers and the Histadrut, not by demagoguery.

Lazimi also opposed removing the tariffs on produce, the reform in the egg industry and the abolishment of the dairy cartel. Like any devout Marxist, she believes in total protection of locally produced goods, which leads to extreme inefficiency and sky-high prices. Lazimi also opposed raising the retirement age for women, out of a total lack of understanding of the issue. It is, in fact, the low age of retirement that compromises women’s wages, advancement and pensions.

She also supports rent control, although that is a misguided policy which will only diminish the supply of apartments on the market, leading to shortages, long waits, a black market and a rise in real rental prices. But the Labor youngsters love rent control. They’re sure they are the ones who will get an apartment for next to nothing in midtown Tel Aviv.

Had we implemented her economic teachings, the treasury would have been emptied long ago, and instead of growth, falling unemployment and high tax revenues, we would get a deep recession, high unemployment and a frightening deficit. Lazimi and her friends, after all, only know how to spend. They have no clue on how to enlarge the pie.

It should also be noted that Lazimi fiercely supported the false conspiracy theory about the abduction of Yemenite children. She continued to incite even though three different commissions didn’t discover even a single case of a child abducted by evil white Ashkenazim.

So Merav Michaeli can call her “an amazing elected official,” but one may guess that she isn’t all that fond of the Marxist revolution her party is undergoing, along with the lowering of the security-diplomatic flag. She knows that we shall see the results of the revolution at the ballot box, as traditional Labor voters abandon the party and go over to Benny Gantz or Yair Lapid, and those remaining will be the revolutionary youngsters, and it’s uncertain that there are enough of them to pass the electoral threshold.

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