The youth of the Jewish state at this time has deeply defrauded their ancestors.
The sacred books testify of a creative and splendid past with a Jewish people full of virtues and merits that determined their preferential position. “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth” (Deuteronomy 7:6).
Today, Israeli youth has totally lost its dignity and critical vision of social processes to become a typical flock of sheep frightened by a pastor who tells them stories of fear and terror at the same time that he does not stop punishing them economically. All the social brilliance of a past full of innovative and revolutionary ideas was buried beneath that submission and political masochism that characterizes today what would have to be the future of the Jewish people.
Bibi Netanyahu’s triumph in the 2009 elections, and his assumption as Israel’s Prime Minister in his second cadence, introduced two basic characters, intended to be permanent, in the Israeli political landscape.
In the first place, one can speak of the constitution of the Netanyahu Dynasty in the control of the political power of the country. After 8 years of its initiation, there is now a broad consensus among political analysts that Netanyahu’s continuity at the head of the Israeli government has virtually no real alternative, except for some unexpected slip of corruption that can be judicially verified.
The expression “King Bibi” stopped being a joke to give way to concrete ideas of the conformation of the Netanyahu Dynasty in the Reign of Israel. There are already those who speak of the “crown heir” referring to his son Yair Netanyahu, while Likud party activists testify that his mother, Sara Netanyahu, “speaks of his offspring as the next Prime Minister of Israel”.
In relation to the second character, the broad consensus of analysts can also be tapped by a series of opinion polls. Without fear of making a serious mistake, it can be said that one of the main reasons Netanyahu is allowed to remain in power for so long comes from the massive and renewed support of the young sections of the Israeli electorate (20-35 years of age).
Netanyahu’s clash with Olmert in the 2006 elections ended in a roaring failure for him. Nevertheless, one should not neglect an important revelation that arises from an analysis of voting intentions according to the age composition of the population. In this electoral process “the majority of the young people (59%) are located to the right of the political map … whereas Netanyahu receives the majority support of this sector of the population in front of the consultation – Who will be better concerned about your future?” Not in vain the article is entitled” Kadima is strengthened; Netanyahu is the leader of young people “. Few knew that it was a clue to a future political idyll.
At the end of Netanyahu’s second cadence (2009-2013), with a view to the next elections (January 2013), a new measure of voting intentions reinforces the tendency of young Israelis to support the Israeli right-wing leader.
In the last elections of March 2015 Netanyahu was confronted with Ytzhak Herzog, leader of Labor party. A previous survey showed that “45% of Jews support Netanyahu compared to 33% to Herzog. The percentage of citizens who support the acting Prime Minister rises significantly among the young, while Herzog enjoys significant sympathy in the adult population. Another interesting fact to take into account is the decline in support for Netanyahu as the age of voters increases. 64.5% of voters in ages 18-24 supported Netanyahu, while that figure dropped to 58.4% for ages 25-34. In contrast, over 55 years of age are identified in 52% with Herzog “.
If this process is analyzed without any connotation to specific policies of Netanyahu and its consequences, this information would be nothing more than a media curiosity without any political significance. The reality is another and very unflattering regarding the electoral behavior of the Israeli youth.
During the 18-year period from early 1997 until the end of 2015, economic policies in Israel were 13 years under Netanyahu’s direct responsibility (including the last 8 years uninterruptedly) both as Prime Minister and as Minister of Finance.
Despite the great ups and downs and deep crises in international markets, during that time the Israeli economy developed steadily and persistently. The total Gross National Product grew 97% at fixed prices, which allowed the successfully absorption of population increasing of 47% with a remaining 34% as real growth of GNP per capita.
But with Netanyahu at the head, not everything paints pink for the entire population of the Jewish state. Although it can be said that the Israeli economy enjoys minimal unemployment, the fruits of economic achievement were seriously affected by an abnormally discriminatory distribution.
From the moment that during that period the average wage for work only increased in real terms by 17%, the conclusion is easy and simple: Netanyahu’s policy squeezed the pocket of those who live from work to swell those who live from capital, especially his favorites, the tycoons.
As reflected in the proselytizing campaigns of the last elections in 2015, this process of income redistribution undermining work created a serious social tension that manifested itself especially in the problem of housing for those starting their independent lives. The difficulty of young couples being able to access their own home, as in the past was possible to their parents, became the central political theme.
Detailed information on the tragedy that Netanyahu has caused to this layer of the Israeli population is now available. While for total Israeli citizenship the percentage of those residing in their homes fell from 73% in 1995 to 68% in 2012, for young couples the fall was dramatic. These days the Central Bureau of Statistics informed the Israeli Congress of the sad reality that these young people must face. In 1997, 55% of married couples aged 20-29 resided in their homes. By the end of 2015 this percentage dropped sharply to 39%. For the same couples in age 30-39 years the situation is not much better. Of the 74.3% that resided in owns houses, at the end of 2015 only it obtained 60.3%. The enormous growth of married couples who are forced to live in rented housing is the counterpart to this painful process.
Young Israelis, for the most part, demonstrate their submissiveness and political masochism when they repeatedly support Netanyahu in voting and are unable to recognize that much of their suffering or economic punishment comes precisely from the policies of the leader witch are identified.
Herzlya – Israel 12/12/2016