Sunday, June 02, 2019

  • Sunday, June 02, 2019
  • Elder of Ziyon
Haaretz' Rogel Alpher has always been pathetically trying to outdo himself with his offensiveness. His latest column, though, while also offensive, is Exhibit A as to why the Israeli Left is such a tiny sliver of the electorate there.

The brains and the money of the left are abandoning Israel. That isn’t just a feeling, those are the facts. Benjamin Netanyahu’s supporters, who call leftists “sourpusses,” like to boast of the decline in emigration from Israel in the past several years. But when it comes to leftists, the exit numbers are worse than ever. The leftists are fleeing. It’s called brain drain. In Israel, brains and leftists are one and the same.

According to a new study by Prof. Dan Ben-David, published by the Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research, the most educated Israelis with the most vital skills for the success of the economy are moving abroad at an increasing rate. How do we know that they are leftists? They belong to the highest-income deciles, and in Israel the highest earners vote for the left. They are the left’s electoral base.

...The right has quantity, the left has quality.

...The vast majority of educated Israelis with critical skills vote for parties that are against annexing the territories and maintaining the occupation and the settlement enterprise. 
The right and the Haredim must stop dismissing and start taking the flight of the left — that is, the brains — seriously. The right must recognize the implications of the left’s enormous qualitative advantage and the fact that the right cannot live without the leftists’ brains and money.
Alpher is saying that the Leftists in Israel are smart and the Rightists are idiots. He bases this on...nothing. I couldn't find any survey that proves his contention. I did see that Rehovot has the highest household income of any city in Israel, yet Meretz received only 3.1% of the vote, Labor only 4.7% in the last elections - lower than the nation as a whole. (Blue and White did win there but the ideology of that party is hardly different than Bibis' Likud.)

Alpher think that the only Israelis with critical skills vote Left. Having critical skills to reject the Left doesn't count.

What the article does show is that Alpher's Leftists are so smug, so sure of their superiority to the average Israeli in every way, that it is no wonder that the average Israeli is turned off by them. Alpher's thinking here is the reason the average Israeli abhors the Left he represents.



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