Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Fellowship

In a festive ceremony yesterday the 18th Knesset was sworn in. After President Peres' speech the acting Speaker read the oath: "I pledge to remain loyal to the State of Israel and to fulfill my duty in the Knesset faithfully." As his or her name was called, each MK stood and declared: "Mitchayev ani," pledge I do.
Of the 120 Members of Knesset, 31 are new.
The average age is 53.
A record number of women, 21.
Haneen Zuabi is the first female Arab MK to enter the Knesset on an Arab list, Balad.
Now all we need is a government! After the recent elections, things are quite a mess. Bibi Netanyahu, who did NOT get the most votes, was asked by the President to try to form a government. It is hard to form a coalition out of the 12 very different parties that won seats in the Knesset.
This graffito in the center of Jerusalem says VOTE FOR ARAGORN.
If only he had been running for office! He would have won my vote. If only Israel had an Aragron to lead the country . . .
From his biography:
"Aragorn was known as Strider, a Ranger who lived in the Wild protecting the peoples of Middle-earth. But he was descended from the ancient line of kings, and when he joined the quest of the Ring-bearer, the time came for him to fulfill his destiny. As Frodo Baggins struggled to reach Mount Doom, Aragorn fought the servants of the Enemy and revealed himself to Sauron as Isildur's Heir. After Sauron's downfall the Kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor were reunited under Aragorn's reign and peace and prosperity returned to Middle-earth."


Berthddu Suit said...

Again, an interesting insight into the culture of another's country. Thanks for sharing.

Cloudia said...

May peace and wisdom reign in Israel! And throughout the region and world. . . Aloha & Shalom & Salaam

Kay said...

It is a difficult time you are living in. I hope the course your leaders take will bring more peace to your area.

Pietro said...

This is my heartfelt wish: May a strong and unending peace reign positively in Israel.

JM said...

12 different parties in just one parliament... We have 5 and it's not easy task!

Reader Wil said...

Yes I also love "the Lord of the Rings", Aragorn was a great leader indeed. Hopefully some of the world leaders show a bit of his wisdom. So you have 12 parties. Same here in the Netherlands. We have too many parties, which makes it extra difficult to form coalitions.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

For a minute you had me. I think L Ron Hubbard of Scientology fame has a connection to middle earth for only a few who reach the upper levels of Scientologydom. Me, I like the little soldier with the fork. He looks much less intimidating as a cartoon.

Anonymous said...

Most interesting post. I don't know enough about world politics. I only hear about governments on television.

Abraham Lincoln said, "Hello," all the way from Brookville, Ohio in the U.S.A. And his wife of 53 years said hello too.

Pat and Abe Lincoln
Brookville, Ohio

JC said...

HEY, I've gotten so far behind in my blog reading that I think I've spent way to long on your site catching up. It was worth the time spent. Love all the pictures and the memories that come flooding back. We are praying for your government and peace in your land.

Catherine said...

Does an Aragorn exist out of books ? I wonder ? Power and Politic corrupt many of the alleged Aragorn.

Dick said...

Yes I would vote for him too, no doubts about that.