Out To Lunch: Deep Thoughts From My Left-Wing Friends

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Every day I go to work here in Start-Up Nation, as do a number of my Israeli friends. We each work hard at building a better high-tech Mousetrap 2.0™, and when we meet for lunch on occasion, we often adjourn to one of the restaurants (or falafel, sabich, or hummus joints – we’re not so fancy) near our respective Tel-Aviv offices.

While we sometimes discuss bidness, the mealtime conversation often turns to other topics, including, but not limited to, Israeli politics. During said political discussions, I am often the only person at the table who would not describe him or herself as a “smolani” (left-winger). On some days I fight the good fight, while on others, I just sit back and soak up the high-minded, well-intentioned idiocy.

Note: The people quoted (anonymously) in this series are friends whom I genuinely like and respect. I just couldn’t disagree more with them politically. Our discussions can get spirited at times, but they are always respectful, and we remain friends when we part ways at the end of every meal.

And with that, off we go on the maiden voyage of Out To Lunch: Deep Thoughts From My Left-Wing Friends*. Join me, won’t you?

* In related news, Zionist Shark has left-wing friends.

 

Earlier today, at some point between the appetizer and main course of our “iskit” (business lunch), the talk turned to politics, and Friend A asked Friend B which political party he voted for back in January.

“Meretz,” he said proudly, at which point he noted that I was not a left-winger like the rest of them. “He [referring to me -Zionist Shark] is more patriotic than all of us put together. He’s a real Zionist.” [you damn skippy -Zionist Shark]

That out of the way, Friend C then chimed in, saying that he also voted for Meretz. “Barur!” (clearly / obviously), said he, before continuing, “…though you can’t really say that Meretz is a left-wing party. It’s really more centrist.”

whaaa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So yeeeaaah, that happened. He actually said that Meretz is not a left-wing political party.

Yes, this Meretz.

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And that Meretz, too.

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At that moment, so many images ran through my head. So many ways to illustrate what a delusional, self-unaware, circle-jerky, echo-chamber-y comment that was. Decisions, decisions.

But then I realized that the best way to deal with such a ludicrous statement is to hoist Meretz with its own petard. Now if only there were some way to see how Meretz describes itself to the Israeli electorate…

…and whattaya know? Lookee lookee! A collection of official Meretz campaign posters! gather ’round everyone and let’s examine them closely, shall we? (actually, I was going to play a little game and ask if the non-Hebrew speakers among you could figure out which Hebrew word in the images below means “left”, but since it’s late here, and I’m in a charitable mood, I just put a nice red frame around them for you. Don’t thank me, I’m a giver).

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meretzzz meretzr meretzww meretzwmeretzkidsmeretzyouth

For the coup de grâce, lest you think the above are all obsolete posters from that bygone era before Meretz was oh so middle-of-the-road, this is what Meretz’s website looks like as of about 5 minutes before I clicked the “Post” button.

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Welp, my work is done here, at least for today. I wonder what’s for lunch next time? Stay tuned.

About Zionist Shark

Zionist Shark (not his real name) is just your average evil Zionist Shark, exposing the moral imbecility of the anti-Israel feeding frenzy. He also shares his short-form Zionist rantings on Twitter - @ZionistShark

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  • http://queerimpressions.wordpress.com Kim

    since when has the left embraced “self-destruction” (like bowing to islamism) as a practical political aim?
    It appears that left(ish) parties everywhere are very keen on embracing prominent figures of islamism.

    • http://True,Varda AJ – Raalte

      That’s been going on for decades, Kim.

  • http://ronbarak.tumblr.com/ Ron

    Typo?? bidness ⇒ bizness (business)

  • juvanya

    Is it not possible this is for economic reasons? And if that is the case, let me reiterate from an earlier comment: until Israel massively liberalizes its economy and stops acting like the Soviet Union, American Jews simply wont be interested, yours truly somewhat included (Im enough of an ideologue to not care about the economic situation). You must vote right wing and you must tell your parties to demolish the bureaucracy, regulations, taxes, and so forth.

    Also, left wing is the same word as my favorite prophet, who most certainly is not pro-government? *shudder*

  • Tom

    The best slogan of this party is:

    “הלב שלך בשמאל, נשמה”
    (“Your heart is on/in the left, darling”)

    And to that said over 2000 years ago King Salomon:
    “לב חכם לימינו ולב כסיל לשמאלו”
    (Ecclesiastes – Kohelet, 10-2)
    Which means: “The wise [man] has is heart on his right and the heart of the fool is to his left” (my translation)

    This just priceless!!!

    • http://jumpingthezionistshark.wordpress.com/ Zionist Shark

      That’s gold, Tom. GOLD!

  • A F

    Sounds like wishful thinking to me.
    After all, they seem to want their favoured party to be accepted by a majority of Israelis so they think that Meretz would actually appeal to a majority and thus is “centrist”.
    The results of the last election (and for that matter, all elections before that) say otherwise.

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