Hello? Is there anybody out there? Remember us? The "public"? The ones
whose trust you all want, whose support you all crave, whose vote youre determined
to snatch away from the underserving other parties? If you politicians can spare a minute
from talking to each other and to Nissim Mishal, Ilana Dayan, Dan Margalit, etc. etc.,
wed appreciate a few moments of your time before you empty our pockets in order to
hoodwink our votes.
In America, politicians have the curious notion that they actually have to
succeed at one job before they go off and ask for a promotion. That is to say, a mayor
whose city is drowning in crime and uncollected garbage wouldnt think of presenting
himself as the next presidential candidate.
Curiously, Israeli politicians have no such compunction.
Having failed at one job whether it be a Chief of Staff who did nothing
to improve the countrys defenses, or a former Minister whose ministry was awash in
failures, or even a Prime Minister whose term has destroyed the economy and its foreign
relationsHey, that doesnt mean the "public" wont give you a
bigger job and a fatter salary next time around!! So step right up to the podium, lift
your pot-belly, and smile at us. Dont forget to wave your hands like the
image-makers say, and dont forget the slogans; heavens, they cost enough,
We, the "public", may have given you reason in the past to feel that
we are morons. But even morons have some capacity to learn from their mistakes. So,if you
can tear yourself away from dividing up the spoils of an election that hasnt yet
taken place, here are a few words from the "public:"
We dont care who your father was, or how many times youve been
elected in the past. What have you ever actually done for our benefit?
Those new "centrist" parties you all seem so keen on forming are a
great idea. Unfortunately, the people forming them are identified heart and soul with
either the failed policy of the right or of the left. Same woman. Different dress. Do you
think were idiots?
Even though we, the "public," have been taught to behave like in-laws
with a new son or daughter-in-law ( ie. keep your mouth shut and your pocketbook open)
there is something I must tell you. That half billion dollars youre planning to
spend on getting elected, its not your money. There are much more important places
to put it, like creating jobs, paying salaries, caring for the disabled, and for the
We dont want to go with you on the five month-long election trip
youre planning. Not when katyushas are falling on apartment buildings, our boys in
the army are being shot like sitting ducks, our treasury is being emptied by every tom,
dick or harry with a beard or an amuta. In England it takes three weeks to have an
election. Thats about right. I know it will be difficult for you to spend a half
billion shekel in only three weeks, but, hey, life is tough.
We are not interested in reshuffling the same old deck of cards, to deal the
same losing hand. We would like to see some really new faces. People with a record of
success in some field, who dont need the car, the pelephone, or salary. Who will
lean down and lift the country up to where they are, not the opposite.
Dear Mr. Politician, if you want our vote, make this election quick and
inexpensive. And dont treat us like fools.