Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Disillusionment Of A Likudnik

Standing on the rooftop of the dorms at Tel Aviv University that summer night in June, I felt like someone had just knocked the wind out of me when the radio broadcast the results of the 1992 Israeli elections. After spending a month at Metzudat Ze'ev (Likud Party headquarters) volunteering alongside veterans from the Irgun Zvai Leumi, the news that Yitzhak Shamir had lost was especially devastating.

Besides being the party of Vladimir Jabotinsky, I also used to view the Likud Party as the party of the Irgun Zvai Leumi and Lehi. It was a party that was carrying on a proud tradition. The Irgun veterans that I worked with during the 1992 elections cautioned me what would happen if the Labor Party was victorious. At the time, I thought these older men were being overly dramatic, however time has certainly proven them correct in every regard. Territorial concessions, terorrism, and more concessions...all as they predicted.

Who knew that fifteen years later that the Likud Party would become virtually indestinquishable from the Labor Party? Who could have forcast that the Irgun veterans would one day look at the Likud Party in disgrace?

I have been thoroughly disillusioned with Israeli politics since the Likud Party initiated last summer's expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif and the northern Shomron. In retrospect, Likud governments have done more damage to Eretz Israel than their Labor counterparts. While a Labor government signed the Oslo Accords, Likud governments actually ceded the Sinai peninsula, parts of Hevron, and, the Gaza Strip. The Labor Party always talks about doing all these things, however it is the Likud Party that carries them out.

Will the the 2006 elections send the final death blow to the Likud Party? I sure hope so. Ultimately the Likud has betrayed itself.


At December 21, 2005 at 8:31:00 AM EST, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

ASJ: The good news is that alot of the slime has already left the Likud and slithered off to the Quadima party.

The biggest tragedy of Sharon is not even the Disengagement, but that he totally destroyed the right wing and decimated the Likud from within.

The right wing and religious went from 67 seats to a best case of 40, not including the Likud (who knows how it will end up).

On the other hand - there needs to be a party where secular middle-rightleaning will feel comfortable. Without them, we'll never go back to having a majority.

Maybe keeping a presence in the Likud is not such a bad thing.

At December 21, 2005 at 8:38:00 AM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Jameel: I am not so sure about that anymore.

As for NRP, they too stayed in the government way to long during the lead up to Disengagement.

I don't think anyone represents my point of view anymore. It truly is a sorry state of affairs.

Who do you support? Feiglin?

Do you honestly think he can reform the party from the inside now with Netanyahu as the head?

At December 21, 2005 at 9:33:00 AM EST, Blogger Mirty said...

I've never understood why Israel keeps giving away land, land needed for security and economic prosperity.

When my older sister was born in Tel Aviv in late 1956, just after Israel had taken over Sinai, my parents were urged by some friends to name her "Sinai" or "Siniah". Thankfully, they did not follow that advice.

My father now jokes, "If we had named her Sinai, we would have had to give her to the Arabs."

At December 21, 2005 at 9:38:00 AM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Mirty: Your father's joke is both funny and sad all at the same time.

At December 21, 2005 at 4:49:00 PM EST, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

ASJ: We named out daughter Dikla this past summer. I don't regret it.

See my latest posting on Feiglin and the Likud.


At December 23, 2005 at 2:55:00 AM EST, Blogger westbankmama said...

As a Manhigut Yehudit member and supporter (not necessarily a "Feiglinite") I understand your disppointment in the Likud, but I think that we have to take the long view.

Even if a miracle occurs and all of the religious people in this country vote for the same party - we still will not have a majority.

We have to work with secular, right wing people in Israel - without apologizing on the one hand for our religious and Zionist beliefs, and without patronizing either.

The only place to do that is in the Likud.

Things are going to get worse before they get better, but at some point there will be a backlash in this country and a real turn to the right. We have to be in the right place in order to take advantage of this - talking only to ourselves in a small religious party will not help Am Yisrael.

At December 23, 2005 at 6:35:00 AM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

WestBankMama: I hope you are right, but as for me, I can no longer support this party. Thank you for your comment.


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