You know, these have been challenging months for Israel, with many embarrassments and situations that really defy explanation. Coming across Bradley Burston’s op-ed today was a sad moment for me, because much of what he says is true, even if extraordinarily difficult to read.
The fact is that Israel is governed by people who should not be governing it, and this has been the case for many years. Israel’s political system does not breed the types of leaders or workers who can guide Israel through the complex challenges it faces, and the government is full of individuals whose capabilities are either hidden by their bureaucratic constraints or are simply not as capable as they need to be. Their leaders, the elected class, may be experts at elbowing their way to the front of the pack while absorbing the elbows of others, but that doesn’t mean intelligent governing or handling of complex situations.
There’s more I’d like to say, but I’ll stop and let Burston do it. They won’t, but his words should serve as a wake-up call.