Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer
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Joe Biden now has sent an oral message to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (“Bibi”) Netanyahu. In his public comments, Biden breaks all international protocol and tells Netanyahu how to run Israel’s internal affairs.

Israel has a corrupt Supreme Court that rules the country autocratically when it sees fit and reverses any Knesset (parliament) decision it chooses, overriding based simply on what the justices deem “reasonable” in their personal opinions. That Court has no standard of “justiciability,” so there is no issue they will not enter into.

-They will rewrite litigants’ business contracts based on what they deem to be reasonable.

-They have ruled on who is eligible to sit for rabbinical exams.

-They have no rule of “standing,” so anyone in the country can bring a case to them even on things that do not directly impact the petitioners.

-Most of the justices are extreme leftists, and they made self-perpetuating rules that assign to themselves who may or may not succeed them as justices, so they keep it all in-house. They appoint extreme-left successors and cancel out conservatives, middle-roaders, and even leftists who dare express opinions that the selection process should be more balanced.

-Meanwhile, the Attorney-General has tyrannical powers to order the head of government to stay out of urgent national issues like the instant effort to reform the courts.

Netanyahu’s government is trying to democratize the court system, and he has the parliamentary majority (64-56) to make it happen. The Israeli Left has watched in horror as their dominance from Israel’s founding has ended, and as the country has moved rightward from Marxism, secularism, and extremist state socialism as embodied by David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Moshe Dayan, and Ehud Barak. The country’s population has evolved into a moderately conservative and religion-friendly electorate, and the right keeps winning, election after election. As a result, having lost electoral dominance, the Israeli Left now leverages the unelected, self-perpetuating extreme leftist Supreme Court to run the country by regularly intervening in Knesset decisions and by gagging elected politicians (like the prime minister himself) from speaking on issues that the voters elected them to manage.

Because the Left media control both Israel’s mass communications and those of America, “news” media in both countries have been reporting absurdly on the effort to reform Israel’s Supreme Court as though it were a fascist power-grab aimed at ending all freedoms in Israel. The exact opposite is true.

If the way you know when a politician is lying is when his or her lips start moving, the same may be said of TV newscasts on CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, Israel Kan Channel 11, Keshet Channel 12, and Reshet Channel 13. The New York Times and Washington Post are jammed with distortion, as are Haaretz, Maariv, and Yediot Acharonot. (Thank G-d for Arutz Sheva and Israel's Channel 14.)

And all of it has reached Joe Biden, who has nothing else to worry about.

So Biden just commented publicly to say that he has known Bibi for forty years as a friend, and friends sometimes need to be straightforward with their friends for their own good. Biden said: “Like many strong supporters of Israel, I'm very concerned. I'm concerned that they get this straight. They cannot continue down this road. I've sort of made that clear.”

Bibi responded that “I have known President Biden for over 40 years, and I appreciate his longstanding commitment to Israel. The alliance between Israel and the United States is unbreakable and always overcomes the occasional disagreements between us. My administration is committed to strengthening democracy by restoring the proper balance between the three branches of government, which we are striving to achieve via a broad consensus. Israel is a sovereign country which makes its decisions by the will of its people and not based on pressures from abroad, including from the best of friends.”

Bibi was being diplomatic, and that is why he continues as Israel’s longest-ever-serving prime minister. If only he could have responded to Biden by saying what he really might be thinking, he might have said this:

“Dear Joe. We have known each other for forty years, and I value our friendship. I was rather surprised that you recently interfered with Israel’s internal affairs, telling us what we should do to preserve and protect our democracy. We are trying to get things balanced here after thirty years of judicial tyranny. In your country, Joe, you name the Supreme Court judges, so you just named to your Court that idiot who cannot define what a woman is. In your system, all she needed was for the president to name her because she is a Black woman and for his party that controls the Senate to fall into line and approve her. We are trying simply to set up a similar system. In our country right now, by contrast, the people’s elected representatives do not control the judicial selection process; rather, the justices self-perpetuate and control the Supreme Court themselves as their inside club.

“Can you imagine, Joe, if you had the system we now have? Under our system, the justices select or veto the new justices. So, if you had the self-perpetuating system we are trying to fix, Justices Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett would add or veto new justices to your Court. Your nominee, who cannot define what a woman is,never would have gotten to first base, no matter what size the base is. Some of your Democrat colleagues are trying to pack your Court with six more justices of their mindset. We don’t do that. We are trying to find a balanced way of choosing justices, neither the US method or the current Israeli one, but something in between.

“But, Joe, I need to say a bit more because friends sometimes need to be honest with friends for their own good. I’m very concerned, Joe, about what is going on in America. I’m concerned that your country gets this straight. Your country cannot continue down this road. Since you feel comfortable telling us how to run our country, here are a few of my concerns:

“We control our borders here, Joe. Gaza is run by Hamas on our southwest border. Lebanon and Hezbollah are on our northwesterly border, and Syria next door. Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) and his Al Fatah are on our eastern border. So we control our borders, Joe, because we have to. We have built a big beautiful wall to keep the terrorists out — and it works. I have been reading about the millions illegally crossing your southern border, where your security is completely out of control. Our people can advise on how to save your country there.

“I also understand, Joe, that your schools teach children as young as the early grades about transgenderism, and you even have cross-dressing queens at school library hour. Although our society does not discriminate against people based on issues of gender, our school curricula differ, Joe. Our parents do not feel they have to scream at school board meetings to protect their children. Our schools and textbooks are not polluted with critical race theory and intersectionalism. Our kids learn real history, even some Bible, although the non-religious schools do not teach enough about Judaism. Not that your schools are any of our business, Joe, but our kids come out reading, writing, schooled in math and technology, knowing their history, and prepared for great things.

"Our 9 million population is about the size of New York City’s 8.84 million and only three percent of your country. Yet that small population with our schooling has seen our kids grow to create or significantly co-create the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, the Arrow 3, Waze GPS, the world’s smallest video camera (used in American endoscopies), the pillcam (a pill with a tiny camera for gastroenterologists to monitor), the flexible stent, the pressure bandage for urgent life saving, Azilect for treating Parkinson’s disease, the USB flash drive, the Intel 8088 microprocessor, the laser keyboard, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Pentium MMX, Apple Thunderbolt, the network firewall, the first instant messaging service, Windows XP and Windows NT, Microsoft Security Essentials, Babylon computer translation, the cherry tomato, drip irrigation systems, SodaStream, Epilator, Rummikub, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

"Our schools do that, even without transgender studies.

“Joe, we hear about Saturday nights in Chicago and about skyrocketing crime in your inner cities. We certainly have some crime here, too, but our cities are quite safe. We have small pockets of challenges in South Tel Aviv where too many illegal entrants managed to get in, and we already took steps to clean out those crime pockets, take back those streets, and remove those Illegals — but that extreme left Supreme Court stopped us (meantime). Even so, we can advise you there, too.

“Joe, we of course have to deal with occasional Arab Muslim terrorism. It is the price of being Jews, Joe, something you could never understand even though you have been my friend for 40 years. Still, our citizens do not push others off platforms into oncoming trains at urban train stations. And we simply do not have non-terrorists doing mass shootings, not at schools, not at shopping malls. It’s not as though there are no guns in Israel, Joe. We have plenty of guns. After all, we have Arab Muslim terrorists aiming to hurt us. It’s just that we do not use our guns on each other.

"Maybe it is because we have better programs for treating the mentally ill and for keeping lunatics off the streets. Maybe because our society is more traditional with greater respect for parents and for authority. Maybe because a majority of our population, even among our non-Orthodox, respect G-d, refrain from eating bread on Passover, and fast on Yom Kippur. Maybe our respect for tradition plays a role in not having all those mass shootings. Your problems in Chicago, Memphis, and all your other centers of urban crime really are none of my business, Joe. But since we are such good friends sharing concerns, I am concerned for your country. I am concerned you get this right. You cannot continue on this road.

“There are so many issues of governance that I deal with, Joe — like assuring that trains do not derail, that our mothers have adequate access to baby formula, that we extract all natural resources of energy available to us, and that our banking system is competently regulated — but I presume you already have those under control. That’s the easy stuff.

“Thanks again for offering your good advice on how Israel should govern itself. I hope I have reciprocated collegially. That’s what friends are for.


Adapted by Rabbi Fischer for Arutz Sheva from a version of this article that first appeared here in The American Spectator.

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