Let them Eat Cake. A Revolution in the Making.
There is a lesson to be taken from the French Revolution when a disconnected leadership tells its struggling people to eat cake when bread is no longer affordable; that regime is destined for the dustbin of history.
This week Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben Gvir exposed the contempt Israel’s current leaders have for its citizens as they raised the cost of living and initiated new taxes to support Arab nationalist interests. What followed is the definitive cost of bread which is the benchmark of an imploding society.
Worse is the lack of empathy shown by the Lapid government towards its people. Lapids political agenda rails against Otzma Yehudit’s leadership because its message has clarity, intelligibility and common sense. Lapid and the gang are committed to stopping the likes of Itamar Ben Gvir because he creates unrest, criticism, and questioning, which, if left unchecked, ends in the overturning of corrupt institutions and political demagogues. That is a revolution they do not want.
When they look at Otzma Yehudit, they tremble in fear as they see the shining spectre of Rabbi Meir Kahana ztl, the disturber, the subverter, the reformer, the idealist, the true Jewish revolutionary who believed in conscience, equality and the rational organisation of Israeli society under G-d.
Today’s revolutionaries walk in his footsteps and dream his dreams, the dreams of loving Eretz Israel, its Jewish people and having a zealous loyalty to Israel’s eternal heritage.
Otzma Yehudit has a mandate rooted in the Torah and leadership ready to defeat the gentile-inspired political elites. As for eating cake, Otzma Yehudit would establish a social polity based on Israel’s morality and prophetic justice. Within it, no one will be hungry for bread. This society would prioritise rebuilding the ruins and reviving the wastelands for the next Big Aliya.
This is Revolutionary Zionism. This is Jewish pride!