When things aren't looking good, it means we should pray & improve ourselves.
That's the impetus.
So what's not good here?
- A secular Leftist bigoted Torah-hating party is tied with a secular Right-of-center party.
- The 3rd largest party in a supposedly Jewish country is an anti-Israel Yishmaelite party stuffed with traitors and greedy oligarchs who would like to run things into the ground (including for their own people) as they always have in all the other unsuccessful Middle Eastern countries — all for the sake of engorging both their egos and their bank accounts.
- A couple of other small but anti-religious parties made it over the threshold.
- A self-proclaimed Right-wing party with self-proclaimed religious sympathies is headed by secular Jews or religious hypocrites. (Maybe not all of them; I don't know all of them & I don't mean to cast aspersions on anyone sincerely religious in that party. But definitely, its 2 foremost leaders are not okay.) Being right-wing isn't enough; you need daat Torah.
- Otzma Yehudit, as foreseen by the Lubavitcher rabbinical leadership, did not cross the threshold. (Although as with Yachad, I'm curious if tampering or other forms of manipulation occurred with that.)
- The deciding-factor party is run by an anti-Torah socialist oligarch. Apparently, his conditions for joining a coalition are:
- Forced induction of charedim into the army
- Public transportation on Shabbat
- Businesses open on Shabbat
- Increased secular education in charedi schools and "other measures" (not sure exactly what)
Interestingly, ALL the demands focus on religion.
Isn't that bizarre?
After all, considering Israel's geographical location and external threats, wouldn't security be much more important than making sure that citizens can get to the beach, discotheques, and malls more easily on Shabbat?
And for a country like Israel, wouldn't you want to do things for the economy, like making sure that small businesses are easy to start up and run, and making sure that people have the jobs they need, and so on?
(Opening businesses & public transportation on Shabbat doesn't actually help employment or the economy. You need overall economical strength over the course of the week.)
Furthermore, contrary to what everyone assumes, charedim already receive a secular education. How much depends on the school, but certainly the girls receive a full secular education.
In fact, when talking to a chassidic Yerushalmi girl learning accounting, I realized that her accounting courses were actually covering more material than the secular equivalent. Meaning that when she would complete her degree, she would start out more qualified than her secular counterpart.
So they're focusing on the boys education, and like I said, it depends on the school. But despite anything else they may claim, the anti-Torah politicians don't care about charedi economic advancement; they only care about making everyone secular Westernized snobby decadent whiteys like themselves.
Also, the IDF is vastly overstaffed. There is both numerical evidence and anecdotal evidence for this. In fact, as has been widely publicized, the IDF actually CANNOT absorb the sheer numbers that a forced enlistment would entail.
If a charedi housewife knows this, then surely a hotshot politician in the Knesset knows this.
Look, whether you are talking about the leaders of Blue 'n' White or Yisrael Beteinu, you are talking about bad people who simply want to destroy the Torah.
These are kavod-greedy zeroes who cannot make it in America or Europe (or who cannot make it as big in chu"l as they can here, both of which have always been true of Israeli leadership), so they try to recreate the State of Israel in a Western secular decadent Leftist socialist image (completely ignoring the fact that Western-style decadent secular Leftist socialism has tanked in Europe, which is why Europe is slowly crumbling before our very eyes).
And their hatred of Torah is increasingly blatant.
What Makes Your Nation Jewish?
If the Druze colonel Rassan Alian would take over, I think we'd be better off than the greedy sociopathic Erev Rav we have now.
Especially since it is so easy and pleasant to keep Shabbat in Eretz Yisrael, especially since there is so much information available explaining the importance of shemirat Shabbat (along with all the other mitzvot), then why don't these Israeli leaders keep Shabbat?
I realize that some people like to wax eloquent about tinok sheh nishba or well-intended Right-wing secular Jews with good hearts, but that only worked for Menachem Begin. These are different times and we're beyond that now.
A born-and-bred Israeli who goes after leadership positions has no excuse for ignorance.
Everything is here at your fingertips.
And I'm far from the first to say this.
Just as one example: Rabbi Alon Anava refused to excuse his former secularism by pleading ignorance & a secular upbringing. He said even in Israeli secular schools, students are introduced to Torah and that he could have explored it, but (and I'm paraphrasing here) he preferred a decadent hefker lifestyle instead...until he nearly ended up in Gehinnom for it.
There is No Despair; We Can Prevent the Worst from Happening
Eretz Yisrael has a tendency to vomit out her inhabitants, chas v'shalom.
It has happened before. (Please see the First & Second Destruction of the Beit Hamikdash for more information.)
Terror attacks and other tragedies have occurred simply because of Shabbat transgression surpassing a certain measure defined by Shamayim. (The real Gedolei Hador have made such observations after such events.)
Another major transgression that severely weakens the Jewish people (and that means the Divine Supervision & Protection specially designed for the Jewish people) is infractions regarding gilui arayot, i.e., less-than-virtuous interactions between men & women. Or between men & men, as the case may be.
So if a government, within the sanctity of Eretz Yisrael, will increase the sins of the Jewish people, then this is very, very bad for all of us.
But millennia of Torah scholarship & Nevuot (Prophecies) show us what our response should be:
teshuvah & tefillah.
That can change everything.
May we all strengthen ourselves to reach our full spiritual potential, may we cling to the Torah with gladness and heartfelt appreciation, and may we succeed in sweetening all Heavenly din, and may the Geula come in the quickest and sweetest way possible.