Israel?s Caring Left

I have long believed that the one time the Left is even more dangerous than when it is pursuing "peace" is when the Left suddenly gets all caring-pooh about the underprivileged. When Leftists decide to go on a jihad against inequality, the time has come to hide your wallet and take a long sabbatical in New Zealand.

Prof. Steven Plaut,

I have long believed that the one time the Left is even more dangerous than when it is pursuing "peace" is when the Left suddenly gets all caring-pooh about the underprivileged. When Leftists decide to go on a jihad against inequality, the time has come to hide your wallet and take a long sabbatical in New Zealand.

Israel's Caring Left has long insisted that the national budget must first and foremost be earmarked for helping out all those who would like a handout, and only when there are absolutely no cases of people unhappy with their material comforts and standards of living, only then will we check if there is any cash left over in the till that can be used for national defense.

As a result of leftist agitprop, Israel has practically disarmed itself over the past decade, what with the Oslo Accords being so successful and all. Real spending on defense as a portion of GDP is less than half of what it was before Oslo. Meanwhile, social welfare spending has gone through the roof. But, like that famous US labor union chief when asked what exactly he wanted, the Left's "Social Lobby" responds with the same answer: "More!"

As a result of the Oslo War Process and the world recession, Israel's economy is in deep trouble and tax revenue is down. This means either the country shoots back into hyper-inflation or the budget has to get cut. Cutting the budget pretty much means cutting some segments of social welfare spending, because that is most of what constitutes the budget, and any further cuts in the already-halved defense budget are a guaranteed one-way ticket to the concentration camps. There are of course plenty of places to cut social spending and lots of pork. Instead, the Left suggests raising taxes on the "rich" to, say, 110% of income. Guess how much new revenue that would bring in.

So the Caring Left took to the streets to demand that no social spending at all be cut. Cutting social spending makes leftists feel sad. Spending other people's money makes them feel happy. Since the average leftist has maybe five times the income and wealth of the average Israeli, no one is stopping Caring Leftists from helping out the poor through tzedaka (charity) except their own hypocrisy. The Histadrut Crime Family exploited all these sentiments and shut down the country repeatedly in recent weeks, in the name of preventing social spending cuts. Israeli businesses are losing contracts because foreign business men are afraid to enter the country, not because of the Oslo bloodbath, but because of fear of being stranded when the Histadrut next shuts down the airport.

The Histadrut is itself, in large part, responsible for the stampeding social spending, because a good chunk of public spending is being used to bail out the Histadrut's own insolvent pension funds. For years, the Histadrut ran its pension funds under the guiding principle that for every shekel you put in, we promise you four shekels plus interest, and then when we cannot pay you what we promised, we will extort the government into ponying up the missing wampum and robbing the taxpayer. This spring, the Histadrut was joined by a number of academic leftists, Peretz' Poodles, signing public petitions endorsing the Histadrut?s "campaign" and its extortionate strikes. These were the same people who were among the early promoters of Oslo.

Finally, the newest cause of the Left is using suicides as a fig leaf to force the government not to cut any social spending, indeed, to expand it. It seems that the Left decided that all cases of suicide in recent months were due to the fact that the economy is doing poorly and some people are in financial distress. Their proof is that in some cases the suicide performers were sad or left notes saying woe is me. And it is well known that no one ever commits suicide when the economy is doing well, that half the population committed suicide back when Israel was poor and undeveloped, and that India is darned near empty these days due to poverty producing suicide. (I intentionally am not mentioning the fact that the relevant mass suicide we should all be concerned about is the Oslo national self-annihilation, perpetrated by many of the same people serving as Peretz' Poodles and Equality Stormtroopers now.)

So the Knesset is considered new measures to stop Israeli suicides by pumping more money into social spending and handouts, and the Court is considering legal petitions by people demanding that the Court order greater social spending to stop suicides, while the press is filled with stories about suicides caused by economic hardship.
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Steven Plaut teaches at the University of Haifa and is author of The Scout (available from Gefen Publishing House: http://161.58.167.199/shop/indi_scout.htm). More of his writings can be seen on the New Plaut Blog.


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