Journal Entry: October 13, 2020

There is a line in the lyrics of the song ‘Lying Eyes’ performed by The Eagles, which reads “She wonders how it ever got this crazy”.

Although, I am not a ‘she’, I also wonder how the situation in Israel got so crazy. There are of course dozens of answers and all of them partly or fully correct.

And of course, full, total, and complete responsibility for the current ludicrous circumstances we are in, must lay with firmly on the shoulders of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Had he, even now, appeared on national TV and like Kim Jong-un and apologizes for failing to control COVID19 in Israel and like Kim shed crocodile tears, it would have at least shown that the man had human feelings.

Instead, it was left to the Israeli president Reuven Rivlin, in his speech to the Knesset to call, plea, demand, that all parties come together for the good of the country. He spoke of the smell of gun powered in the street. The reference was clear enough.

Me, I am sick and tired of all the BS surrounding COVID19 and the government's inept ability to fight and control the pandemic. Of course, there is blame in various quarters, particularly amongst certain elements of the ultra-orthodox community. I am not religious in any shape or form; my thoughts on religion have been repeated on this blog many times. I do recall however that certainly in the Jewish religion, nothing is more important than maintaining life. It would seem that many of the ‘learned’ rabbis of the ultra-orthodox community have forgotten this basic tenet of faith.

There are several quotes attributed to Rabbi Hillel, the most well know is probably “What is hateful to yourself, do not do to your fellow man. That is the whole Torah; the rest is just commentary”, followed by “If I am not for myself, who is for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?” Again I say, the ‘learned’ rabbis have ignored Hillel’s words, they have by their in-actions placed their communities in grave peril as well as the rest of Israel. I guess they are so blinded by what they see as their faith, that they refuse to understand, appreciate the danger of COVID19.

Yes, I want to stop the world and get off. Enough already. I am fed-up with writing this blog, and several times a week ranting and raving about, with a few exceptions, the waste of space that comprises the Knesset members. They care nothing for me, and I care even less for them. But of course, come the next election cycle, they will all appear to be my best friend. What bloody phoneys. What bloody hypocrites.

You don’t believe me, just take a look at the hoops Netanyahu is jumping through to make Litzman a deputy minister in his government, although he will be once again defacto housing minister. The recently appointed housing minister from Shas will stay on but have no ministerial responsibility. Have we gone stark raving crazy in this country? The answer is, to quote Bob Dylan ‘Blowing in the Wind’, or as I prefer to say, can be written on the back of a postage stamp with room leftover for the Declaration of Independence.

I am going to try and take a break from writing this blog. Previous attempts have been unsuccessful. Like a junkie on drugs, I am pulled back, time and again by the total indifference, the stupidity, the callousness of those who have set themselves up to rule over us. At times my disdain for them knows no bounds. Hate, at times, is a too weaker a word.

Deep breath, calm down.

I have a couple of ideas for short stories that I want to explore and develop, as well as a piece of two about me; past, present, and future. And, with the blog in mind, I’d like to write about other things that interest me, not just the morons in Jerusalem.

The question is, will I succeed in my endeavours? Time will tell. Meanwhile, once again I will try to bury my head in the sand and ignore the chaos around me. Hopefully, my willpower will this time hold up, and I will be found reading the newspapers, surfing the Internet for the latest outbursts from Bibi’s gang of poodles.

Wish me luck.

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