Netayahu’s government crisis reveals a deeper one

Among the many crises gripping the occupation entity, the gravest one seems to relate  to “the identity” confusion. This immigration entity of settlers is mainly populated by foreign immigrants coming from various parts of the world with no common culture nor a common religious background.

And they do not even share in a common the same ethnicity. What they do share in common is the collective motive to seize the lands of others and enjoy the welfare benefits of a fake “state” receiving  a surplus of financial, political, scientific, technological  and many other  forms of backing and support  that far exceeds the actual needs of its populace.

There are key differences among them even in terms of their religious affiliations. True that almost all of them identify themselves as “Jews” but they in fact belong to so many different sects, streams and/or other forms of affiliations.

What makes them different is that their religious disputes have never escalated into an inter-communal warring (or at least we are unaware of any such historical stories).

What is known about them is that such inter-differences have always been contained within the framework of theological debate and rivalry.

These internal differences and contradictions surfaced lately when Netanyahu faced an unprecedented problem in forming a coalition government. Back then, the choices he had were too few.

To escape this dilemma he took a weird move and assumed four portfolios, including the Justice portfolio. The move sparked a wave of outrage and criticism.

How could he assume the Justice portfolio while he was subject to criminal investigation into three corruption charges.

Some commentators described it as a new level of absurdity to see the Prime Minister, who is facing corruption charges, be in charge of those who are supposed to interrogate him.

So, he quickly tried to search for a potential candidate to the post. Among the nominee was Knesset member Bezalel Smotich of the United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party of the far right.

This choice has triggered an even wilder wave of criticism, because this candidate calls for the application of the Jewish Law or what is known as “The Torah Law”, as it was applied during the times of “King David”!!

YairLapid, a lawmaker with the Blue and White political alliance blasted the move as a sort of surrender from the part of Netanyahu to the demands of a far-right religious party, describing the move as “nothing short of madness” because it risks turning the “state” into a theocracy.

At any rate, the debate has revealed to what extent the populace of this “made-up state” reject the application of the “Jewish religious law”.

They do not want to be governed by outdated laws restricting their  life-style and prefer instead a secular law.

Those who oppose the Torah law know very well that the application of such a strict religious system would signal the end of their “state” as the majority of European and westerner immigrants would leave immediately.

The polarization triggered by this case exposes their flagrant  selectiveness. They take what is convenient and leave what is not. On one hand, the Israeli Prime Minister claims that the “State” is for “Jews only”.

But these “Jews” refuse their own religion to be the law governing their daily lives.

True that Netanyahu has finally picked a Likud Party candidate named Amir Ohana and managed to defuse the crisis temporarily, but this episode reveals how deep internal contradictions are brewing under the  glossy the surface and how deep their  Identity crisis is.

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