Yair Lapid is one of these cooked up candidates made to order by the elite of Israel. Everything about him looks like Erev Rav material.Extreme left, secular, atheist, that holds that Jewish identity, even if by injection only, is a birth defect, a shame, and a source of inferiority. The fancy hebrew name and the titles, reminds me of the Jews for jesus with the pseudo-Hebraic names of the house of worship, all as authentic as Walt Disney animation is to a forced labor camp. Since the inception of the state, Israeli jews least “burdened” by loyalty to Jewish tradition and cultural behavior have assumed political power, they valued it the most, as a divine right of kings gratefully restored with the blessing of the unwashed masses, floating to the shores as damaged and battered immigrants after WW2, the untermenchen to play their new/old traditional role as slaves to the new Pharaohs. lapid is just a slick version of what the elite can cough up and polish a bit; they have used power generously, wantonly and have no intention of yielding an inch. Land they will fork over, a Gush Katif or parts of Hebron, military beatings of civilians appears to warm the hearts, but power, the inner circles, and policy making is an exclusive and very white club.
This centralized secular power was used to attempt to “civilize” what was views as not really assimilation material; people not with the intellectual capacity to internalize secular Zionist dogma, and too attached to tribal religious anachronisms. The structure of power that was established early on have been maintained and reinforced to the present day; effectively, the population which is basically poor and at fractionally higher than third world levels, are treated as tolerated guests within the spheres of power with a particular antipathy to new immigrants, Arab country origin jews and religious jews of all persuasions. it could even be called borderline anti-semitism, or anti-Jewism; jew baiting.
Governments may change, but the same families that took control in the early days has their paws wrapped around any significant non-elected institution the state oversees. The media, police, IDF, Judiciary, all roll on with generic figureheads and a visceral dislike to those unwilling to adopt a secular agenda. When Meir Dagan, former head of Mossad said the religious were the problem in Israel, or the head of Meretz called Brooklyn supporters of the settlements, “jew boys” they were simply parroting the cant from on high. There is some tokenism, a religious seat on the supreme court, but almost all media spews out , with gusto, the secular ideology. Significant financial power is concentrated in state-condoned cartels and its readily exploited by a ruling elite network which enjoys monopoly or oligopoly pricing power.
The Diaspora gave Jews the opportunity to develop an identity excluded from territory and political sovereignty. Power was defined in the context of cultural autonomy, living according to traditions and passed to their children. The power to build cities, infrastructure and a military was not a priority. Zionism is geared towards secular and concrete forms of power; loyalty to the state and not religion articulated through economic and military spheres. This is the major fault line today; and those pesky, uppity jews cling to and safeguarding tradition is becoming a nuisance, a disruption of the smooth development of trade.
Typically, only members of the secular ruling class may question the canonical values and institutions of Israeli society for they do so from the inside.Its okay for a Lapid,or a Mofaz, but a settler in Judea and Samaria has to be portrayed as a raving lunatic since only the privileged are permitted. However, the constant flow of incendiary remarks by these club members against the religious, the immigrants etc. are considered an exercising of the democratic right of free speech. Whereas rejoinders from the likes of Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpo , among others, who are not shy about using the words treason and gallows in the same phrase are guilty of incitement and undemocratic behavior.
In reality, the class antagonisms, income disparity that produced the Arab spring in Egypt are very present in Israel, for Palestinians, Arab Israelis and the vast majority of Jews. After all, its the same American neo-liberalism that is adopt
The truth is that the country is governed by approximately twelve families said to be behind roughly half of the firms on the Tel Aviv stock exchange. The nationalist and chauvinist poison used by the elite to control, and promote the existential crisis, is the same used by the Arab states and Lapid is just another mouth with a loud hailer.
( see link at end) …Journalist-turned politician Yair Lapid declared to U.S. Conservative Jewish leaders that he is the only sane leader in the Knesset.
Speaking to an Atlanta convention of rabbis from the Conservative stream of Judaism, Lapid stated, “We are going to campaign in order to unite all sane persons within the country.”…He went on to claim that his new party, which never has faced an electoral test and is projected to win no more than 10 seats in the next election, is the “sole representative of the majority of the people of Israel that belongs to the same middle class.”
He ridiculed Kadima for joining the Netanyahu government. “Kadima has come back to what it actually always was, part of the Likud. I congratulate them for this re-reunification.”
Lapid found a welcome audience for his views against traditional Judaism and flew the banner of “equality” by arguing for accepting non-Orthodox conversions. He also implied, incorrectly, that women have no right to pray at the Western Wall — where both men and women can pray on either side of a curtain that divides them as a matter of modesty that is practiced in all Orthodox circles around the world….Read More:http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/155619#.T6q_6KyF9cc
( see link at end) …This week Ha’aretz – the trumpet of Israel’s ruling class – gave us all a primer in how this sort of thing works. In an article titled, “Obama has ways and means to check on Netanyahu,” military commentator Amir Oren disclosed the close collaboration between the Obama administration and a handful of hard-left retired IDF officers against the Netanyahu government.
Oren reported that ahead of Obama’s meeting this month with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, retired IDF brigadier generals Shlomo Brom, Udi Dekel and Baruch Spiegel met secretly in Rome with retired US rear admiral John Sigler who heads the Middle East research institute at the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. The purpose of their meeting was twofold.
First, as Oren put it, they were asked to “clarify whether in the dispute between [the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government] Netanyahu truly represent the majority in Israel.” That is, they were supposed to tell Sigler how to drive a wedge between the democratically elected government and the Israel voters who elected it.
And second, they were supposed to furnish Obama with arguments to reject Netanyahu’s arguments for why Israel cannot retreat to the 1949 armistice lines. As Oren put it, “When Netanyahu tells Obama there is something he can’t do because it would be the death of him, experts like the three brigadiers general can map out Israel’s ranges of flexibility to Sigler, and through him pass them along… to Obama.”
Activities like those Oren reports are a permanent feature in Israelpolicy circles. Regardless of who is in office, the likes of Brom, Dekel and Spiegel and their leader Yossi Beilin are always working with the Americans and Europeans to force Israel to maintain allegiance to the failed land for peace paradigm. Year in and year out, these anti-democratic and strategically demented but well paid former officials maintain what they euphemistically refer to as “track two,” contacts with their counterparts in the European and American ruling class to force the majority of Israelis who don’t share their derangement to accept their policy dictates…. the time has come for Israelis to confront our own ruling class and develop methods for weakening its chokehold on Israel’s domestic and foreign policy.
For too long and to our unmitigated detriment Israelis have allowed a small unelected minority to dictate our national policies. The views and loyalties of this minority – like their counterparts in the US – are opposed to those of the majority of Israelis. If our democracy is to have meaning and if our lives and country are to be defended, we need to empower our elected leaders to stand up to those – like Brom, Speigel and Dekel -who work actively to subvert the principle of government by consent of the governed. Read More:http://www.carolineglick.com/e/2010/07/israels-ruling-class.php