A state is not only impoverished, it is the result of governmental policies that give priority to economic independence over the social independence of Israeli citizens, which has been successfully pbaded on to private entities.
Reasonable private wealth has allowed Israelis who are not particularly wealthy to resume the work that the government left many years ago to create a strong network of mutual support, a phenomenon unprecedented for most developed countries. Israel's grbadroots public welfare initiatives are as innovative, vibrant and multifaceted as the country's burgeoning hi-tech industry, which makes us feel that in times of trouble there will be someone to trust.
Flags in Jerusalem before independence day (Photo: EPA)
That person is not the state, but our human environment, which includes friends, acquaintances, co-workers and badociates, which has replaced the state in terms of public welfare.
In the headlines of Israel, a story was recently published about Israelis who recruit themselves, their families, their friends, their own money and their efforts to promote various public welfare initiatives and programs. Stories of this nature allow us to take a look at the complexity of the non-governmental and non-corporate sector in Israel.
In addition, Israel's voluntary sector allowed the country to almost land successfully on the moon. The fact that SpaceIL's Beresheet project, a prestigious and exemplary enterprise, involved dozens of private citizens who were recruited to develop and promote a masked project like the child of Israel, symbolizes our uniqueness.
From time to time, although with decreasing frequency, the voices of various groups and communities can still be heard, demanding that the state urgently resolve its (sometimes unique) problems. The country's work, they say, is to protect its citizens in the same way that a mother protects her children, and the 2011 social justice protests were a reflection of this mentality.
On this Independence Day, it makes no sense to ask what the country can do for us, and not even what we can do for the country, but rather what we, as Israeli citizens, can do for others like us or like us. Go and do something for your colleagues, friends, the sick, the needy and the poor.
If the state refuses to act, we will all try to be the state and act on its behalf. Who knows, maybe we'll even finally bring peace to the southern border.
And this is the message that I want you to remove from this little piece.