Judicial Reform: That’s not the Question.
Judicial Reform is becoming a ‘Hot Potatoe’ issue within the Netanyahu government. The counter-protest movement of conservative Israelis has taken away Netanyahu’s political figleaf.
He can no longer sight the destabilising Leftist protests as a reason to put the reforms on the back burner. While the Leftists never voted for him in the last election and will not vote for him in the future, the new protesters on the block did vote for his coalition on November 1 2022. However, there are no guarantees they would support a coalition with Netanyahu as its head should he try to bury Judicial Reform under a political smokescreen.
Judicial Reform is no longer the issue. The issue is whether a democratically elected government can exercise its right to implement election policy.
The reality is the secular left recoils from any thought of Israeli society moving towards an authentic Jewish position committed to restoring our nation’s pride while creating a sanctuary in which the Jewish legacy can be preserved and enlarged. The supporters of the Zionist dream are attempting to establish social originality and intellectual vitality. They have no cause for a comprehensive apology.
These young men and women, along with the older generation, are inspired by a positive vision, a nation in which the future is more vivid than yesterday and in which it’s more important to build than to destroy.
Yes, they oppose the nihilistic currents battering contemporary culture here in Israel, particularly in the wider Western world. They know Israel’s future is safe when rooted in Jewish values from the Torah and a moral idealism that much of our present-day culture has forgotten.
Israel must continue to encourage open debate on all issues that affect the viability of the State while rejecting the politics of vindictiveness and calling out those of the media who employ a strident personal tone that runs rampant throughout Isreal’s journalism.
It’s time to reject self-hate and embrace the brave and noble adventure that is the Jewish State.