Last summer's social protest in Israel was really an attempt at a revolution, of folks using low levels of abandon. Many citizens, truly concerned for their future, joined this (supposed) protest of the people.
When these citizens realized they were in the hands of the left-wing media and anarchist groups, they disavowed themselves from it. The intention of the protest leaders was to create a new public discourse that would eventually overthrow the government. The public realized this, and turned its back on the protest. As a result, the protest this year never took off. You cannot manipulate people in the same way twice. The protest's tent city near Tel Aviv's Central Train Station is empty, and it seems that many of those who stayed in last year's (more centrally located) tent city were among the millions of Israelis going abroad this summer in all-expenses paid deals.
The creative minds of the Left looked for a replacement for the social protest and found it in the form of Iran. Morning, noon and night, in news media and websites, politicians, analysts, and retired Mossad and Israel Security Agency employees have been spreading fear in the hearts of Israelis regarding the potential risks of attacking Iran. All Israelis can do to protect themselves is update their gas masks and seal their doors with duct tape, or buy a ticket to someplace safer.
Never in the history of Israel has there been such reckless public behavior as there is right now. Top secret government issues are spilled all over the newspapers and military abilities are openly being discussed, as Israel's enemies pounce on the information and accuse Israel of being irresponsible.
The incessant media coverage of a possible attack on Iran has one goal in mind: a ridiculous attempt to delegitimize the current government and thus destroy the gentle fabric of Israeli society.
All the experts speaking their minds hold the necessary credentials to be able to pass their recommendations along to Israel's decision-makers. That they would rather do this through the media proves that their intent is to stick a wedge between the public and government and between the army and our decision-makers.
Anyone who presents Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak as warmongers and irresponsible people is essentially calling for a civil mutiny. What is a fighter pilot supposed to think when he constantly hears that the mission for which he might give his life is unnecessary? What should a mother to soldiers do when expert pundits keep telling her that her children's lives are at risk because of the negligent behavior of Israel's leaders? Any enlightened democracy would have these former whatevers stand trial for incitement.
It is now the time of year when we recite the prophetic readings of consolation in synagogue. Last Shabbat, we read Isaiah 51:3: "For the Lord hath comforted Zion; He hath comforted all her waste places, and hath made her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody." Or, if you like a more modern rephrasing, enough with those who spread despair and sow depression.
To our great fortune, and perhaps it's a true miracle, the majority of Israel's public is wise enough to understand the hidden agendas regarding Iran. Israel is the only country in the world where an ordinary citizen can be smarter than the heads of the national intelligence agencies. The collective Jewish consciousness knows without a doubt that after the Holocaust no Jewish leader can afford to gamble with the safety and security of the people of Israel.
Throughout history, Jews have never gotten a do-over. During our most crucial moments, the nations of the world were in no hurry to stand by our side. Our fate is in our own hands, and we must fight to defend our home from those who want to destroy us.
Anyone who wishes to overthrow the government is welcome to do this through democratic channels, by entering the political fray and running for elections. I wouldn't be surprised if they don't even meet the minimum election threshold required for entering the Knesset.