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February 17, 2019

Has the Time Come for Women as Rabbis?

 

We understand that the obvious answer is, ‘No,’ and that there really is nothing to debate, but when has that stopped us. There are the numerous arguments put forth by the Open Orthodoxy or New Orthodoxy, Modern Orthodoxy, Neo-Orthodoxy or the more realistic, Reform Judaism with a few additional Commandments. The crux of the problem is, as almost anybody who has read anything about this tempest in a teapot, the ordination of women as Rabbi. The easy answer is to stand with the nearly unanimous decision by virtually every Poskim, the RCA (Rabbinical Council of America) and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and declare from the rooftops while standing next to a scarecrow of a man playing his violin and scream, “Tradition!” But that is taking the short road to an answer which leaves out all the intricacies and ignores the pressures and times of modernity. Women’s rights will need to be addressed at some point, but that point has not yet arrived. Far too many of those in positions to accept this challenge are mired in the rules and morals of early in the past century. Then women took care of the home and the men took care of the world just as the Bible and Torah instruct are the responsibilities of each gender. The world had gone through a period of rocketing change with gender roles being blurred and the responsibilities often being turned on their heads. But Judaism has not survived by being reckless and rushing to accept every change which has come down the halls of time. Tradition has been the watchful eye which kept the boat upright and it is not about to allow for the boat tipping too far left just as it kept it from tipping too far right as the political pendulum has swung back and forth.

 

 

The best approach might be to take small steps and see how they work and if they place too much of a burden or cause things to become difficult or produce side-effects which are arduous, then the small steps can be retraced and a return to normalcy. It is not as if Judaism has not gone through some tumultuous traumas. When we left Egypt we found that the generation which had been in Egypt were not fully capable of change and this resulted in forty-years of wandering almost aimlessly in the dessert until a new generation could be born and reach age. Then, with a fresh population unencumbered with the ravages of slavery and dependence filled with self-confidence was capable of the task of winning a homeland. Then Joshua, one of the two spies who came back with a report of a land ready to be taken, the other was Caleb. The fight was probably far more difficult than it would have been for the Israelites when they first perched on the borders of what is today Israel. But in time the lands were conquered and became the initial state of Israel (see map below). That was how nations were built and how many an empire would start out, taking a small regions for their own and then embarking on greater conquests often incorporating the conquered people initially into their empire as full citizens. This was the name of the game and the Jews started with no king or queen but lived only with the guidance of Judges and Prophets. Prophets continued into their period with Kings which turned sour all too quickly. Then there came the years of conquest by foreign empires with short stints of self-rule. Eventually the Jews, as they had come to be known as most were Judeans by birth, as they were from the Tribe of Judah, were dispersed throughout the Roman Empire, with some even thrown into slavery in further lands, and there appeared to be no way for this small group surviving such treatment. The Jews remained dispersed throughout the world and only in the past century and a half have really begun to return to the ancient homelands reestablishing the nation of Israel. So, yes, we have seen dire times and persecutions and even the Holocaust, a persecution unparalleled in, at the least, modernity. We survived and remained a people through one factor; we remained steadfastly true to our holy books and based it all on Torah. The Torah became our homeland, portable and able to be applied in any region, setting, situation and so forth. This is partly why the leaders of the Jewish Faith, not necessarily the Jewish Nations but the faith, remain resistant to change, without foresight to see what is over the horizon, one remains reluctant to change, especially change that appears to be drastic, that which has guided and kept your people as one through the harrowing threats of history.

 

Twelve Tribes of Israel and the Original Borders for Israel

Twelve Tribes of Israel and the Original Borders for Israel

 

So, perhaps, in the not too distant future, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel might venture into permitting equal seating for men and women in a section of the main hall, not necessarily the entirety. They could permit those synagogues which were inclined to set aside an area where husband and wife, of course with children, to be seated together but leave sufficient space for those opposed to such a liberal concept to sit where this area is not bothersome. Yes, we know some people will find it bothersome that a synagogue in the next town allows such seating and they will claim it unnerves them. Change is not easy, ask the Vatican, as we Jews have been about traditions and the literal applications of the rules for far longer than the Christians have. Perhaps there might be some other half-step we have not considered, but change will need to come in small doses as we Jews are a stiff-necked and stubborn people, or so our Torah tells us. Still, we have changed and kept pace with the world as when we reestablished our homelands, we did not return to a monarchy as it last was nor did we try to rely on prophets and judges as even earlier times, nope, we went with a parliamentary democracy and one far more convoluted than even the European versions. Even the Jews who returned home making Aliyah often comment on how Israel has made a parliamentary system of government even more contentious than their home countries could have imagined. For further proof, simply start to read and follow the machinations and other finagling which are sure to play out along the way to the April 9, 2019 Israeli elections and see for yourself.

 

We have somehow gone from Exodus Chapter fifteen verse twenty and twenty-one where it says, “Miriam, the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel (tambourine) in her hand, and all the women came out after her with timbrels and with dances. And Miriam called out to them, Sing to the Lord, for very exalted is He; a horse and its rider He cast into the sea.” This was then and today there are numerous groups within Judaism where men are forbidden to see women dance or perform or even hear them sing as it became considered immodest. There is proof that we can change, and not always in a more progressive direction despite the uncomforting fact that many times the Jews were at the forefront of revolutionary change. Too often these very same revolutions turned against the Jews and persecuted them claiming they were the enemies of the state they assisted in forming. Such was the case in the Soviet Union and in other cases before that and since. These such outcomes went quite some distance in imprinting caution in the Jews who survived, escaped or were fortunate enough to read of these events from a distance into a dread for change. We have held to our traditions which for centuries slowly drifted to being more and more conservative as this is the result of persecution. The Jewish People are barely a full generation beyond what was a cataclysmic conflagration to our people who lived on the European continent as the Germans and the Russians took their turns persecuting and executing Jews. This did not endear that generation or the following ones to favor radical change, well, except in the United States where much of the radical changes politically and culturally have manifested. They may have found their start in America or in Europe, but if it did not play in America, it likely did not play for very long.

 

Change in Judaism has mostly run at a slow pace making sure that the ground was solid before taking that next step. Wild and reckless are not exactly words which have described the religious Jewish communities. Insular, reactionary, conservative, traditional, stoic, intractable and other similar adjectives have all been used, even by Jews themselves, in defining the Jewish communities, as there are in the United States and Europe as well. Still today in Israel, there are religious communities which all live in a closed community which one need apply and be interviewed, fact-checked, virtually investigated and their religious credentials checked and rechecked before they are permitted to reside within the community. These are some of the communities where the most influential leaders of the Jewish community reside. Asking these individuals to change something so central to Judaism is something which is simply not going to play well. The fact that there are congregations, mostly, if not solely, in the United States and Canada trying to introduce such changes to the Orthodox community, as it has been initially only in Reform and Reconstructionist and later spread to Conservative, is potentially the initial steps. For Jews, though, simply playing well in America is not sufficient for it to become accepted, it must play in Israel. Were the RCA to accept such a change, an alteration in what has been tens of century’s worth of tradition, then perhaps it might be considered by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, though the RCA does not tend to make such moves without working with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. The two operate very much in tandem with much and often deep communication and coordination. This is due to their being the two organizations which preside over the two largest Orthodox communities in the world, one all of Europe does not match. The first sign that there might be a crack in the bricks through which changes will eventually pour through would probably be the permitting, even only on special occasions, for married couples to sit together. Currently, the men sit in one area and the women in a separate area simply because having the women sitting with the men is considered a potential distraction. What some Rabbis might notice is having the wives sit separate from their husbands also provides distraction as they may wish to see how the other is doing or even suddenly realize something which urgently need be communicated, but that is what cell phones are for, right? Kidding aside, the experimentation with women being ordained as Rabbis will very likely have to wait until it starts to make cracks into Israeli society, and that might be closer than we think. No matter the number of Open Orthodox (by whatever name they decide to use this week) Synagogues who have women as assistant Rabbis or Rabbinical interns or outright Rabbis, they will remain shunned, rejected and refused continued sanction by the RCA as they remain lockstep and in sync with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. No matter how many influential American Rabbis join a bandwagon calling for the liberation of Orthodox Judaism, that change will not be leaving the station any time soon. Wait for coed seating to be accepted universally, and then, just maybe there will start to be the inkling of a discussion on going further. First coed seating will need a full period of testing, say about a century or two, then we can talk. Should things go faster than this, it will be a surprise and a sign that the Jews have begun to feel safe and beyond threat in Israel. Currently, we have bigger fish to fry then even coed seating, let alone women as Rabbis.

 

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November 9, 2018

The Courts Cannot be Completely Independent

 

Recently, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked expressed her dismay and disdain for the attacks which have been leveled against her from those in the opposition. This immediately led to their slamming her conduct regarding the appointment of the next police commissioner, and her approach towards the court system. If you wish to read the bile spouted by the likes of Yair Lapid, never at a loss for self-congratulatory rhetoric; Shelly Yachimovich, still believes she should be leader of the Zionist Union and Prime Minister; and Meretz Chairman Tamar Zandberg, it’s Meretz which speaks for itself; an article can be found here. The actual dispute can be put in much clearer and more succinct language, they are upset because they are not, have not been and probably will not be in power for a while. They are especially upset with the Justice Minister because she is not appointing far leftists to the courts and does not agree with their choice for the new police chief. That is their complaint, why are you not running the government how we demand and instead following the mandate of the people who make up the coalition and in particular are from your party. (We must be honest here and report that Jewish Home is the party in which we belong.) Somehow, we are willing to bet this does not surprise many of our readers. We would like to actually discuss one point which was brought forward to refute the disgruntled leftists, where Ayelet Shaked stated, “You have never been fans of the court, you really want it to be a submissive body rather than an independent and strong one. As long as it serves you, it is the center of justice, the minute it rules in a slightly different way; you are ready to burn the place, no less.” She hit the nail on the head and pounded it home, which is probably why they attempted to savage her on social media. Well, at least they played to their ever shrinking base.

 

The left in Israel in particular and the Western World generally, believe that especially the highest court of the land should be the most powerful arm of government and the arena of all final battles. They desire that the court be able to strike down any law even Constitutional Amendments, or Basic Laws in Israel, and even beyond. Their hopes is that the court can change the intent of any law, write new laws and put them into action, change anything in the legal system and they must always be of the most liberal of justices it is possible to appoint. You are seeing examples of their acts in the United States with Justice Kavanaugh. They want the courts to supercede the law, to act above the law and be supreme with the power of a god. I am sure that if they were to get their wildest dreams, they would desire that the Supreme Court could summarily change who won the election simply because they desired the other candidate. This is another reason that Judges must always be from the left. This had been the case for years in Israel as the left ruled undaunted and unchallenged in Israel from 1948 until the election of Menachem Begin in 1977. The means by which replacement Justices were chosen for the Supreme Court were also slanted such that the court itself had a generous influence over who was chosen to such a point that opinion articles often claimed that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court basically named his own Justices. Well, it eventually had to happen, a conservative became Chief Justice and there was a conservative Justice Minister and between them, the face of the court has been altered. The Justice Minister also was responsible for some alterations by which some of the unilateral power of the court was transferred to lower courts where proof was required to be presented rather than a complaint filed and a ruling made out of thin air. No longer can an NGO simply present a claim that Jews are residing on Arab land and have their homes destroyed without showing any proof. These were necessary changes but the latest brouhaha was over Justice Minister Shaked politely informing the Supreme Court that she did not care how many people filed complaints against the new Nationality Law, they were not to overturn this law because it was enacted as a Basic Law, the closest thing that Israel has to a Constitution. Again, the left desired a court which had unlimited and unfettered power.

 

Let us discuss what power courts should and should not have. Interpret the law is within the boundaries of a Supreme Court, but lower courts should be restricted to the application of the law as currently interpreted. Even the Supreme Court should take care when altering the meaning of a law from its original intent, this is partially why the debate with Kavanaugh over how he would interpret intent of the law. The courts cannot be above the law; no branch of the government should be above the law. Courts should never be permitted to make law out of their own desires simply because they see the need for such a law. A court with such power could completely alter a society with highly unpredictable results. There is a reason that the branch of the government which is assigned the power to make laws has the greatest numbers of people from the widest representation of the people, the people must have the greatest influence on the laws, as they must live within them. Courts should have stringent and defined limits on altering or ordering a new election such as signs of tampering with the way the ballots were cast or in the way they were counted. They should need proof beyond any doubt and this would include such tampering such as having more votes cast than there are registered voters, an area where there is a sizeable population with some definable variety in affiliations resulting in 100% of the votes falling to one candidate, verified proof that additional ballots were injected into the count or additional votes were used to replace actual votes and other provable reasons. Courts actually should have limited or no influence beyond recommendations upon request as to whom will be chosen to replace a retiring justice. Courts should, over time, change with the variations in public opinion though their lagging such changes is to be expected when their justices are chosen to serve lifetime on the bench, or until a mandatory retirement age if such is the law. Courts are not the law but the application of the law. Legislatures write the laws, Prime Minister or Presidents sign them into the books and then and only then the courts get to apply the law as written. The courts do not get the power alter the wording, alter the punctuation nor add or omit words as they believe the law should have been written.

 

Israeli Supreme Court building

Israeli Supreme Court building

 

Back we return to the situation in Israel. The left is becoming downright dejected and forlorn. Their biggest upset is with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaken as she apparently has, in their opinions, broken their favorite toy. They and the Supreme Court for seemingly nearly forever had ruled over Israel as they pleased often to the chagrin of the elected officials, but because of concessions to seemingly moderate parties in the coalition being granted Justice Minister, the courts, especially the Supreme Court, ruled supreme. Along came Ms. Shaked and things began to slowly change. The tide of change started to escalate, but was still quite leisurely. Things really did not appear to be all that different and there had been no explosive volcanic upheavals but suddenly they realized that there had been a seismic shift and they had apparently been asleep. It was probably easy for them to sleep through the changes as things had been going their way pretty much from 1948, so after a while it appeared that things would never change. Things have this way of sneaking up on people and once they notice, it is often far too late to do much about the changes. This is where the frustration and anger originates and the left is furious that Ms. Shaked broke their Supreme Court Muppet Puppets. Their Supreme Court Muppet Puppets were no longer a complete set and the new replacements were not going to just rubber stamp the leftist agenda, and this must not be tolerated. The fact that they are this upset is close to real joy over here but we refuse to get complacent because, as Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” Of course, he was also purported to have written, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.” While we have little problem with the first quote, the second is a bit extreme, but Barry Goldwater had something to say about that as well, stating, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” Perhaps that is sufficient wisdom for one writing.

 

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September 5, 2018

Israel Need Be Bold While Bold Will Work

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We are aware that in being bold, a politician is taking risks and their actual job is to get reelected to their same position or higher and that is best accomplished keeping everything the same. We even know exactly the argument that our dear Prime Minister will use in the 2019 elections when they arrive. Your claim will be that it is uncertain if President Trump will be reelected in 2020 and because of this, we need to keep the ship strong and centered in order to survive in an uncertain future. Your opponents will sound different strategies which will include a change in course and perhaps some risks. These risks is how you will slowly eat away at these opponents claiming that their ‘radical’ suggestions are great if the timing were right, but the timing could not be any more problematic as we do not know who will win the American elections. A few weeks before the election you will find or build a strawman situation where the Joint List or Zionist Union may pull off an upset or the two could make a coalition with their two groups of parties and perhaps Meretz and Lapin or maybe Lieberman filling it out and that Israel can ill afford their getting the nod and that is a reason to leave any other right of center candidate and instead everyone need vote the only true choice to prevent this potential catastrophe. Then Likud will receive 28 or 29 Mandates and will get first shot at making a coalition. Then your strategy will have worked again using fear to win instead of using hope for a better future and you will have demanded we need caution and not rock the boat at times as uncertain as these are. It is a trap which had worked for how long now? Why not try striking while the iron is hot as the plan, take on the issues we all know must be faced head-on and to make a bold attempt towards solving them now before the elections. Trust that the triumphant hero is a far better bet for retaining power than the scare-monger claiming only he can walk that fine line between doing nothing to cautiously doing nothing to change anything so the next election the same scare mongering might still work its magic again. Your fear of failure is greater than your confidence in yourself to actually become a really great leader rather than merely the protector who held to the status-quo. Sometimes more is accomplished in the long run from someone going out in a blaze of glory and the nation benefits, and that should be your greatest hope, that the country succeed.

 

To those who wish to unseat Prime Minister Netanyahu and become the next Prime Minister, we have some advice and it is worth exactly what you are paying for it, a few minutes of your precious time and nothing more. Yes, we would consider being of greater assistance by becoming a trusted advisor to one of you as you lead our party. But here it is free of any hidden charges except it may be close to what you are planning anyways. The first advice is that you will need to approach the situation throwing caution to the wind and going for it all. Confidence is also going to be a necessity with one making very sure that the public know that now you not only feel you are ready but also that you are sure that these are the times which call for your bold leadership. You will need to come at Bibi from the right, and the further right, the better. The people of Israel, outside of Tel Aviv largely, are hungry for a leader who will storm the barricades if need be and storm the castle. No faltering or moments of doubt, for if you have any doubt that you are the person and this is the time, then move aside and let one ready to say and do all the right things for winning and for Israel. Should you have a solution which you believe is better than those we have offered, then run it with certainty. Run as if there is no tomorrow without your bold steps which are required in the short time Israel is assured of somebody having her back. Even if, or possibly especially if, President Trump does not get reelected, Israel need act immediately and strike while the iron is hot. You can list the signs which the President had conveyed and tell all Israel that we require his assistance so Israel can provide a certainty into the future. Make known what you plan to do in addressing the main problems of the Shomron and Gaza and remember that solutions have been handed out and now is the season for change and to strike to make progress before anything in the situation has even the chance of altering, then it would be well if the Israeli plan for the future were to be implemented. Things will improve only if we take the necessary steps reaping the rewards change brings to the entire situation. The Oslo Mistake was a severe and drastic action in which Israel was forced to suffer the terrible consequences and is continuing to wear that yoke around her neck and now is the time to shake off that yoke and act with the boldness of certainty. This is not the time for timidity and certainly not the time to continue with a Prime Minister who refuses to act or for a Prime Minister who claims to lead from the right when in actuality he leads as if slightly left of center from where you stand.

 

Top Left Yair Lapid, Bottom Prime Minister Netanyahu, Top Right Naftali Bennett

Top Left Yair Lapid, Bottom Prime Minister Netanyahu, Top Right Naftali Bennett

 

What should your campaign revolve around? That we can tell you in a single word, actions and results expected and how these will be accomplished under your bold approach. Do not fear that you will be too far to the right, you will be fine and far right is what the people are seeking. The truth is the Israelis desire an end to the stalemate as they have watched as caution has resulted in the loss of legitimacy and loss of regions of lands. This is another reason for actions which you propose, the suggestions are from the right of center which is closer to the purity of Zionism and free of any false hopes which rely on not rocking the boat out of fear as to what Europe may do. The future of Israel is to the Far East where she has already good relations and has built trust, something she never really had with much of Europe. Times are changing and Israel needs change as well if she is to thrive and survive. She need thrive in order to survive. You need to tell the people the truth in that seeking to avoid ridicule from Europe by kowtowing to every gut-wrenching demand for inaction from Europe who is not necessarily our friends will not work. You must stress the point that Israel needs think of Israel before thinking, fretting, worrying and even panicking over how action will be perceived by the nattering nabobs of negativism in the Old World. Israel need now lead the New World into a glittering era where hope and bold answers are the way to go, being defensive and overly cautious was great during President Obama’s attempts to destroy us but he is long gone and we may be driven to boldness and actions. And the specifics are the best part and you keep those close to your chest until a little less that than a week, immediately after the current Prime Minister makes his great speech about how only he can guide Israel through the rough and choppy seas of uncertainty. This is when you show your hand and claim that currently the seas are calm and quite well prepared for actions while we have the opportunity, we owe it to our children and their children and all future Jewish People who will turn to Israel for salvation.

 

At the very top of your plan should be the exile once more of Mahmoud Abbas, the entirety of the Palestinian Authority leaders in both the political realm and the security and military wings. This is not the cherry on top but the first act within three weeks of taking office and having built a coalition. Then Israel will offer the Arabs three choices, two are very viable and the last is very unfortunate. The Arabs in the Shomron and across all of Israel may take an equitable buyout of their properties plus a rather sizable bonus to all be utilized in getting started in some new nation and signing a promissory note that they will never again seek permanent residence within Israel. The Arabs in the Shomron may choose instead to remain and live within Israel as resident aliens who will be granted the right to vote in local elections in the selected major Arab cities chosen by Israel. These Arabs will be required to sign a non-belligerence agreement which if it is breached results in deportation, immediate and without any bonuses or other payments. We did mention a third choice, the one we hope none will resort to taking. Choosing which plan one is going to request should not take forever, thus these offers will be available for the initial six weeks after the announcement. Allow us to now get around to that third choice we said would be offered. We realize there will be a percentage of the Arabs who will decide not to pick any of the plans and instead desire to continue their war on Israelis; even these will have an option. The IDF will be given a list which will denote which choice you decided to take, the first or second, and the list will include those choosing to continue the war and those who by default made no choice thus joining those who decided to fight under the third choice. The IDF will be tasked in driving these remaining Arabs who were not in either of the first two selections out from within the Israeli borders, the ones from under the San Remo Conference, Treaty of Sèvres, the British Mandate and all other related material which all came long before World War II and were the result of World War I treaties and conferences. The final borders suggested for Israel included the Shomron and all lands west of the Jordan River and north to the border of the French Mandate and south to the Negev-Sinai border and the port city of Eilat (see map below). Resulting from three defensive struggles, Israel annexed some additional area of the Golan Heights as it had been used by Syrian snipers to shoot Israelis working their fields, tending their flocks and simply walking in an area they could see. That situation was not tolerable. Israel has also annexed all of Jerusalem with special love shown for the Temple Mount and all the special places throughout the Old City. Israel will also be annexing the remainder of the Shomron making all lands west of the Jordan River and its Valley to the north and south now a part of Israel. That would complete the plan you would tell the people which still leaves a few holes to fill.

 

Map of Israel, Should Any of the Nations of the World Actually be Honest and Truly be Seeking Peace, which Can Only Be Attained Should Israel Have the Most Defensive Borders Imaginable

Map of Israel,
Should Any of the Nations of the World Actually be Honest and Truly be Seeking Peace,
which Can Only Be Attained Should Israel Have the Most Defensive Borders Imaginable

 

The largest hole left in the plan are which cities will be denoted as Arab cities where they will have their vote in local elections. The Arabs already living within Israel who desired became citizens and have complete rights to vote. There will be a listing in which will be potentially short some of the cities where Arabs would also be granted voting rights. The first item which may cause Arab Panic would be that Shechem (Nablus), Jericho, Hevron and Bethlehem would revert to being Jewish towns-cities which were Israelite from time immemorial. Most of the remaining Arab towns would be included as those where they have voting rights. Should an Arab reside in one of the cities which Israel is taking or any other city which does not become part of the list of Arab cities where the alien refugees would be permitted to vote, they would be able to claim a partial moving bonus to assist their relocating to one of those other cities where they could vote. There would probably be some inexpensive but nice homes which those who chose to leave will no longer being used as a residence which are vacant and for sale. What must be made specifically understood in no uncertain terms is that the IDF will be given the assignment to seek out any former officers who were exiled of the Palestinian Authority, Fatah, PLO, Security Forces and al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade along with those who chose to remain at war or did not sign onto any program and to deport them. The IDF will also be ordered to take the least risk possible and protect the soldiers’ lives and health as the paramount importance. Should resistance be run into, the IDF would once again be reminded that their soldiers’ lives are the most important and vital item which should be granted complete protection. The somewhat promising idea here is that most of what has been listed could be accomplished with a minimal call-up of reserves and still completed within approximately six-months. This method further does not require the cooperation of the King of Jordan, al-Assad of Syria, Sisi in Egypt or any other Arab leader in order to accomplish such solutions. Now, all that remains is either Bibi stepping up to the plate while still in the office of Prime Minister and changing tactics and suddenly becoming bold and decisive such that he takes the charges we suggested here or something resembling this theme. Then he could run on a great performance which resolved so many of the problems and is now ready and willing to take Israel forward with clear vision. And if not, then he is leaving an opening for the people to replace him with an Israeli ready to take the needed steps. The problem has reached a magnitude that mere managing the situation has become counter-productive and simply dangerous. Israel is in need of a leader who is willing to try and even to make some mistakes along the way, at least progress should be made and the quagmire of the Palestinian Arabs would be completed and hopefully well on its was to a form of normalcy. These truly are interesting times, the variety that try the hearts and souls of men.

 

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