I have no problem with stating that a community, institution, or person has gone wrong. And so when the chareidi draft exemption was canceled, I was happy; I believe that this is a good thing.
When the yeshiva budget was cut, I kept quiet, even though deserving yeshivot did not get their money, either. Even though, at the time, it meant our income was cut by about a third. Even though the money that we were supposed to get, we never saw.
When they cut the child stipend, I didn’t blink. I think they’re right. I think that complaining about it shows a lack of understanding of the dynamics.
When Lapid pushed for 0% VAT on new houses, I was mad. This is a dumb exemption that causes more problems than it’s worth, has a lot of loopholes, and leaves many deserving families out.
When the decision was made that only families with two working parents could receive a daycare subsidy, I jumped with joy. Do you know how many years I’ve wanted them to pass such a law? And all they required was that the father either learn in university OR work ten measly hours a week. And then, slowly, the criteria would toughen up.
In 2013, one of the major bills that Lapid was pushing to pass included limiting the number of ministers serving in a given government to 18. His main complaint was that prime ministers sometimes “make up” ministerial appointments in order to placate party leaders. Lapid said that there should be no minister who doesn’t have a portfolio, and I think he’s right on that point.
One of the results of this bill was an increase in the number of deputy ministers. A deputy minister earns less money than a minister, and therefore, more deputies and less ministers means that the government is spending less money. This was the desired result.
All well and good.
Except now, Lapid has just exposed himself as someone not with the public’s welfare at heart, but with an anti-religious agenda at heart. Don’t get me wrong. He was never a friend of religious Jews, and has worked all along to make our lives more difficult. But as long as what he did made sense, I kept my mouth shut.
Now, he is contradicting himself. Suddenly, we shouldn’t have deputy ministers, if there is no minister above them. He is saying this, by his own admission, so that Yaakov Litzman, and Tzipi Hotovely, will have to be appointed ministers or step down.
So now Lapid took the case to the Supreme Court, and won. Great. Tzipi Hotovely will become Foreign Minister. I have no idea what Yaakov Litzman will do. And while I do agree that being deputy minister simply for the sake of not having to swear allegiance to the State of Israel makes me slightly sick, there is no reason to make a big deal out of it, if he’s not doing anything wrong – and he is doing you a favor by not demanding more money.
Plus, I believe in putting your money where your mouth is. Litzman is a decent minister, and he is doing exactly what he claims to believe in. He doesn’t want to swear allegiance (I’m guessing because he doesn’t want to swear, but maybe because he’s just not willing to be that loyal to the State), and he happily gives up the extra income he would have otherwise had, to live by what he thinks is right.
People can talk and talk. But you know what they really believe, by what they do with their money.
Lapid, leave Litzman alone. I can almost guarantee you that by being a confused hypocrite you have just cost yourself seats. We’ve seen that you’re not too smart, that you like to make radical changes without thinking, and that you’re not exactly helping the “middle class” who you promised to help.
But now? Did you really have to take your mask off in front of everyone?
On the other hand – it’s better that way. Now everyone will see you for who you are.