Warning: Rant Ahead
I KNOW that I should be offering deep and important reflections on the Road Map, yesterday's suicide bombing, and today's violence in Gaza. I will. But I'm having trouble getting past how annoyed I am about this pointless, useless strike
Obviously, my self-interest lies in the fact that there is no school. Not because it inconveniences me, but because it's not just any week in school, especially for young kids. While I'm not too crazy about teaching the Holocaust to 5-year-olds, I understand that it is part of the story of the creation of the country and fits into the bigger picture of the national history (or the national myth, if you're a lefty academic) -- they do the Holocaust, then they learn about the War of Independence and pay tribute to those who fell to create the country, then they get all happy and celebrate the fact that they have this state and dance around and wave flags.
Bottom line, is that it's a lot of tough stuff for little kids to handle, followed by a "happy ending." But now, after they already hit them over the head with the Holocaust (my kid was playing fugitive Jews the other day with his friend and the babysitter. They didn't make the sitter a Nazi, they made her a good American soldier who liberated them.) the kids miss the rest of the story due to the strike. No fun, no flags, no celebration with their friends at school, not to mention actual learning
But, you know, it's not even the school aspect of the strike that has me the most pissed off. It's the airport. You've got one freaking international airport in a country. I don't care how justified your labor grievances, you don't shut it down. There are people here having weddings and bar mitzvahs and their relatives can't come. There are people with ill relatives abroad who can't get to them. Let's not even talk about the hundreds of schoolkids in Poland for "March of the Living" who may very well be stranded there. They had to make a special exception to be able to fly the relatives of one of the American's wounded in the "Mike's Place" bombing here.
I could go on -- about the flower merchants whose produce is wilting at the closed ports, about the sick people who can't get medical help, about the people on welfare who won't get their checks because the bureaucrats are striking.
Just in case you think this is one woman's opinion, I cannot find one single Israeli in my personal acquaintance -- left, right, or center -- who supports this strike. Even those who oppose the economic plan, don't like Bibi the Finance Minister, and have more than a modicum of sympathy for the government workers whose wages are being cut, or who are being laid off, believe that this strike is the WRONG move at the WRONG time.
It's all about the inflated egos of some of our so-called leaders