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The Olmert Phenomena

02/15/10 | by Nosson Halevi [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized

A past elected leader of the Jewish state publicly recounts that; during his term of office, he was willing to surrender Jerusalem’s Holy Places, including the Temple Mount, to international control in order to reach an agreement with the PA.
This shows a complete detachment from any Jewish sentiment, expressed by a person elected by the Jewish population of Israel. Polls have shown that the majority of Jews would reject a peace deal that would hand over the Temple Mount to the PA.
The politicians ignore the public. They have their own agenda, whether in the interests of Israel or not. Their own political careers take preference to national interests.
The problem lies in the electoral system. Once elected the government has no need to take the electorate into account. There is no accountability and unfortunately we see no responsibility either.
That a Netanyahu can appoint a Barak as defense minister, when Barak was rejected by the electorate as its major anathema, is outrageous.
A system of checks on the behavior of the politicians must be introduced. These checks must not be the ones imposed by the high court, who have their own agenda, but by the electorate who placed the prime minister in control in the first place.
I am not making a proposal for any specific system, there are many out there in the community of nations, but the one in Israel is highly flawed.

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Chutzpa used to be a description of a cheeky, mischievous action. When chutzpa is stretched to become stupidly arrogant and detrimental to other, it enters the realm of something outrageous.

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