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Jun 27, 2022

let's not go to that level

Former news anchor Gadi Sukenik said today that the Likud representatives are at a low level, much lower than the representatives of Yesh Atid. They are a low level of intelligence, of culture and of level of discourse.

Obviously this caused an outcry.

Putting aside the latent racism (or maybe not so latent), Sukenik is just wrong. The Likud representatives are [mostly, if not all] highly intelligent. They hold degrees and doctorates. People Like Benjamin Netanyahu, Yuval Steinitz, Gilad Erdan, Yisrael Katz, Avi Dichter, Ofir Akunis, among others. They are highly educated, along with having spent many years in service of the country. Even the MKs who are loudmouths, such as Dudi Amsalem, Shlomo Karhi an Miri Regev, among others, are highly educated and intelligent.

And one might say the Yesh Atid representatives are actually less educated than the Likud representatives. I am not as familiar with them as I am with the Likud reps, but just starting from the top, Yair Lapid did not even complete his matriculation exams. I looked up some random MKs and they all seem to hold degrees and even masters degrees, so it is generally wrong to say this about them as well, but the head of the party is not educated and he is the one who sets the tone and agenda for Yesh Atid. In his case one might say education is less important as he is accomplished and has shown himself to be a leader. So I would not say either are less intelligent or educated than the other.

Talking like this helps nobody. Just the opposite - it only hurts the people he is trying to help. But it also shows his own ignorance and bias. 

And on the other end of it, we have MK Miri Regev today trying to scare the public saying that if Yair Lapid becomes Prime Minister he will remove the words "nefesh yeshudi homiya" (A Jewish soul yearns) from Hatikva, the national anthem, as he will have to as a result of partnering with Raam.

Let's raise the level of discussion all around. 

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  1. "Let's raise the level of discussion all around. "

    Your American roots are showing, Yankee Doodle. This is Israel.

  2. Oh, we all know what he meant, and he's not wrong. Likud caters to a certain, um, subset of the population that isn't as educated or intelligent as some others. Just look at Regev's demagoguery here.

    I'm not saying that's *wrong*- William F. Buckley famously said he would rather be governed by the first 500 names in the Boston phone book than the first 500 names in the Harvard faculty guide- but it is a fact.

    1. he explicitly said nivcherei halikud, the elected reps of the Likud, not the Likud voters


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