Sunday, August 13, 2006

Failure of the Elite

For those of you, especially in America, who are trying to figure out where Israel went wrong in this war, here is an article that spells it out.

Ari Shavit writes passionately in Haaretz that the current fiasco is "not a failure of the IDF but a failure of the elites that turned their backs on the IDF". He goes on to spell out that the average Israeli has stayed strong and realistic, but that the intellectual elite here has lived in a bubble - which has led to the dreadful mistakes made by the politicians.

Those of us on the religious right here in Israel have been warning about this for years - about 13 years in fact - since the beginning of the Oslo Accords. I can't remember how many demonstrations I have attended over the last decade (plus) where we tried to make our voices heard, and were dismissed as "propellors" - Yitchak Rabin's name for us (as in, keep spinning) - or as right wing fanatics, or religious fanatics, or racist settlers (you get the message). These names were meant to demonize us - and make it possible for the elites to dismiss our rational warnings as so many rantings.

Not exactly "kill the messenger" - but close. We watched the approaching train wreck with mounting fear, but we proved powerless to stop it. In the meantime we stood strong in Yesha (Judea and Samaria) despite the terror, and we sent our sons to fight alongside everyone else, even though we knew the policies of the elites in control of the government put our lives and those of our soldiers in peril.

I can only hope that those reading Shavit in Haaretz will agree with him - and we can work to fix the problems before we head into another disaster.

11 Comments:

Blogger Jerusalem Joe said...

I don't read haaretz so i wonder if Ari Shavit represents the prevailing opinion there. somehow i doubt it.
also, the article is part of a rational discussion, but i have not noticed that we are engaged in such a discussion, are we?
i guess if we were, none of this would have happened.

8:17 PM, August 13, 2006  
Blogger Chana said...

Do you know if there's a 'back door' way into LGF? A secret password or something? LOL

4:09 AM, August 14, 2006  
Blogger confederatexpat said...

I am bereft, as will be most Americans, to find what has become of our brother. We here, had no idea. We believed in the invincibility of the Israeli army and the Jewish spirit. To find now that it was an illusion is breathtaking. My heart goes out to those of you who kept the faith. After eight years of Bill Clinton, I understand how frustrating it is to watch the politicians piss away everything good in the country. I can only hope that in the aftermath of this failure, your country will come to it's senses and redefine the things that made you the wonderful country that you have been in the past. My hopes and prayers are with you. G-d will not abandon the chosen, and neither will your American friends.

3:43 AM, August 15, 2006  
Blogger westbankmama said...

jerusalemjo - Shavit does not represent most Haaretz readers - but he has more weight than the right wing journalists. I saw him described once as a "free thinking left winger".

frumpychic - I think LGF was hard to access because of the interviews that Charles gave on tv. No special backdoor that I know of.

confederatexpat - Please keep in mind that most of the people are healthy and strong, and most of the IDF is also. The problem in this country is that the so called "elite" has too much power to sway decisions, and that there are too many higher-ups in the IDF who want to go into politics - and therefore let this elite affect them. We have to learn from our mistakes and change.

10:50 AM, August 16, 2006  
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