A Guide For The Perplexed
If you’ve been struggling to see the bigger picture and understand the recent kerfufles over religious men and children in Beit Shemesh and who gets to sit at the front of the bus in Bnei Brak, this is for you. Basically Israeli society is doing a lot better than most other places in the world: so it’s time for the upity progressive left to try and ruin stuff. Nobody ever strove for the ridiculous unachievable Socialist Utopia if they were too happy.
It’s a bit long, but it’s Caroline Glick so you need to read it all.
ALL OF this brings us to the issue at hand. Stories highlighting the deviant behaviors of marginal social forces tend to be simplistic and misleading, and to serve identifiable political forces. And so, with our national discourse suddenly dominated by stories describing the demise of Israeli democracy, women’s rights and the rule of law at the hands of modern and ultra- Orthodox Jews, we need to consider who benefits from the stories.
It is notable that the seam lines being opened by all of the stories, which are again, about deviations from the norm of Israel’s social cohesion, all fall within the governing coalition. Stories of “Jewish terrorists” set the security hawks against the ideological hawks. They set the likes of Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his supporters against the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and their representatives in the Likud, Israel Beiteinu, Habayit Hayehudi and other coalition parties.’