Even though I’m a news junkie, I find it hard to watch or read about organized crime in Israel.
It just disgusts me.
Back in New York, all the Jews I knew – and the Italians for that matter – either had, or aspired to, bourgeois middle class values.
Living in Israel, I’ve had to adjust (with difficulty) to the fact that some Jews are violent thugs with no redeeming values.
I was thinking about my aversion to news about organized on the way to work this morning.
What drew my attention was the Monday afternoon melee in the lobby of a Herzliya luxury hotel during a gathering of some of the Jewish State’s top hoodlums. You know, people who oversee the sale of illegal drugs, enslave women into prostitution and shake-down mom and pop businesses.
There are plenty of reasons to believe that organized crime has penetrated the police and government of the country.
It’s something I don’t want to dwell on too much.
Because if I did, I’d add that to the list of why life in Israel sometimes disappoints – why it sometimes shatters illusions about “us” all being in this together.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
PLAIN TALK: Organized Crime in Israel
Politico-Strategic Briefing... Enhance and deepen your understanding of Israel...Go beyond the 24/7 news cycle... Elliot Jager is a Jerusalem-based journalist, former NYU political science lecturer and a senior editor at The Jerusalem Report. He is a former editorial page editor at The Jerusalem Post and was founding managing editor of Jewish Ideas Daily (Mosaic). His 2017 book, The Balfour Declaration Sixty-Seven Words – 100 Years of Conflict told the story of what is, arguably, the most important political letter of the 20th century and why it still matters. Elliot will customize his briefings to suit your interests and schedule. He can meet you over breakfast before you start your day of touring or when you are back at your hotel.
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