Taking stock / It’s up to us to change our lives

16.11.2011                      19.Cheschwan. 5772

Israelischer Sommer:

Taking stock / It’s up to us to change our lives

Rescue won't come from the political echelon. The people must have a change of heart.

Monday marked four months since the first tent was pitched on Rothschild Boulevard in the heart of Tel Aviv, birthplace of the "social justice" protest that swept the nation. Since the last mass demonstration in Yitzhak Rabin Square, more and more people have been suggesting that the spirit of protest is waning, that the hundreds of thousands of Israelis who took to the streets feel that the protest failed to achieve its goals. Some say the protest leaders have made unwise moves.
It's easy enough to take potshots at the untrained leaders of the grass-roots protest and the directions they have taken. But it's hard to overstate the impact the protest has had, and will have, on Israel's economy, society and democracy. The Israeli protest movement can claim some resounding victories. It also faces opportunities – and threats – that must be discussed….