The empty box syndrome

Emptiness can easily be filled with hatred, incitement and tailored criminal files because something concrete, an explanation of a better plan that the party has to offer, is nowhere to be found.

Tal Gilad, | updated: 13:55

OpEds Blue and White party leaders Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid
Blue and White party leaders Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid
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We spend time trying to figure out and still do not understand how almost one third of the Israeli public votes for Gantz, the ultimate prototype of a scarecrow.

This is precisely his selling point. People vote for him not despite it but because of that.

The fingerprints of his partner and opponent in the party, Yair “chameleon“ Lapid can be easily identified in the way Gantz carries himself’ even though he does not need to make a special effort to enter the role of the empty cardboard box, the attraction of which allows anyone to put anything the3y wish into it.

Lapid built his career on the assertion that no one knows exactly what his views are, when, in fact he has none, except for a burning consuming hatred toward Hareidi Jews which he is now trying to moderate after using that card for his leap of ascent. He would have been the natural winner of the Left’s reality show, the next “justnotbibi.” A year later, Gantz won it. It was then that they agreed on rotation, two years of your "justnotbibi,” and two years of my "justnotbibi.”


The leader needs to be the most “parve” in the whole universe amd the most airy, so that the debate or discussion will never be over him.
Since the downfall of Herzog, the Left has reached the conclusion that temporary heroes will be of no use, and that it is preferable to merely have an organism with a pulse that is staged against Netanyahu in the capacity of the foggy “change,” the  slogan of the Left. They needed someone who would not hurt, G-d forbid, the charm of “nothings,” those which are affected by clear views and stances, as that  might create opposition within the camp. The leader needs to be the most “parve” in the whole universe amd the most airy, so that the debate or discussion will never be over him.

Therefore, each time one asks his voters why they vote for him, they invariably respond: “because he is not a thief or as corrupt as your Bibi!!!”

But what is he indeed? “Sara screamed at the housekeeper!”

And what are his views on security? How will he handle the economy, foreign policy? “Yair did not collect the pooh of Kaia!”

Each time the scarecrow prattles a list of cliches: “At the fall of your enemies, rejoice not" and “the cedars of Lebanon have caught heartburn", this does not weaken support for him. On the contrary. The more he babbles gibberish, the more he does not awaken any feeling, any sympathy, and no anti  as a transitive verb, the better does he fulfill the role of the “empty box” and positions himself on 35  Knesset seats in the  polls.

We all know that one by one, none of his party heads would have a chance against Netanyahu. If they try to face him intelligently, eloquently, using their analytical capabilities, understanding of the economy, long term planning, accomplishments showing success, it is a lost battle.

What is bad about Israel of 2020 with its soaring GDP and the political tsunami that is streaming in exactly the opposite direction of that which the Left hoped for? Even the housing costs are trampling, and the subject is worn out and tiring.

The solution, therefore, is to use an upside-down logic. Against Netanyahu’s excellency, they position emptiness, a vacuum. This emptiness can easily be filled with hatred, incitement and tailored criminal files because something concrete, an explanation of what a better plan they have to offer, is nowhere to be found.

Voting for the strange and principle-empty wooly-linsey party is akin to children who are running away from home because they fought with their mother. They are clueless as to where they should go or what they will have to eat the following morning, first and foremost they are running away.

The difference is that these children can always come back . From the Gantz-Liberman-Tibi government there is no way back.

All those that will uninterruptedly enter the empty box will quickly discover that it turns into an unpleasant surprise box.

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