It seems very likely that Israel will have an election to parliament in 3 months times and in spite of talks on the need for unity on the democratic (aka “left-wing”), I believe it will be the Nationalists (aka “right-wing”) that will join forces with the religious parties and take the lead. I prefer “democrats vs nationalists” over “left and right” because “left” became so loaded it now have such a bad connotation in Israel nowadays some people won’t vote to anything that may be labeled as left. Having a nationalists government is bad from my point-of-view but it doesn’t mean it’s not efficient or doesn’t care for the people. However, the narrative of the current government (which is also nationalist) forces them to spread hatred against anyone who can be blamed for the crisis that we’re having, instead of actually trying to resolve our problems, painful as it may be.
I believe that Israel’s biggest problem is corruption, which prevents it from efficiently resolve any other problems. It definitely won’t be easy, in a state that has a TV-show “you’re righteous!” (יצאת צדיק) to find those very few service providers that won’t con their customers (and sadly, there aren’t that many). Most people find wonderful excuses to legitimize their personal corruption. But I also believe that the corruption can be reduced by setting an example and acting by one own’s ideals, acting as if we are living in the world we would like to live in.
- We should push for maximum transparency;
- Israel must adopt the Norwegian Law prohibiting ministers to act as members of parliament at the same time;
- Public money wasted on the election process should be immensely reduced and spent more efficiently to provide the general public with the relevant information;
- We should stop the personality cult -ism around our politicians – it is ideology that should drive us and not a person that will sell his own skin to maintain his own powers.
- High-officials’ wages should be determined as a function of the minimum wage;
- We must deal with our ever growing economical gap, along the problems creates at its ends
- Fix regulations that works against the consumers and the employees and prevent us from “healthy competition” in favor of cartels, monopolies and Capitalist elites.
- We should treat our natural resources as a loan from our children and not an inheritance from our ancestors (by having a “State Resources Steward“)
- Provide incentives to waste reduction and elimination at both supplier and consumer level;
- We must rebuild our collapsed public services sector;
- Privatization of the religious establishments (I think that religion is the individual private affairs and the state should not discriminate because of religious preferences);
- We must actively encourage a culture of empathy, acceptance and discussion as the very basic step to promote a peace process; Only when we will be truly able to see a conflict from the other person’s point-of-view, we shall be able to find the just compromise.
- We should put our efforts to build a life worth living by reducing the numbers of our worked per week and designing walk-able cities that are safe and accessible.
- We should promote a complete denuclearization of our area in the immediate future.
I can go on and on this, but the more items raised – the less acceptable the solution will be as a whole.