Last night a touchy subject came up with my husband as we were going to bed. It had to do with turning “Israeli” and he asked me not to become “that kind” of sabra. The kind that would call the municipality to have the car towed instead of dialing the cell phone number written in the note that said “sorry-i couldn’t find a parking spot in the neighborhood last night so just call me and i’ll move the car :)” This story happened to a friend of mine. She woke one morning to a car blocking her car with that exact note which annoyingly ended with a smily face. She called the municipality and had it towed at the owner’s expense. She did not call the car owner and ask them to move it.
And I 100% agree with her actions.
You see, in my mind “that sabra” is the kind that believes rules do not apply. The kind that feel that even if they get punished for breaking the law/rules.. it is not their fault. The kind that rant and rave and cry and say how unfair it is.
Israel has a major problem – too many of its citizens feel that rules do not apply to them. The rules apply to “everyone else”. You can see this across the board in the corporate and political world. Read the newspapers and there is no question that this is one of the many things that plagues our young(ish) country. I feel strongly that rules/laws are in place for a reason and they apply to everyone. You don’t like the rules, then figure out a way to change them But if you break it, you get punished. I watch parents talk and threaten their children to behave. I am constantly shocked when the parents never follow through when their kids disregard the directions. It is no wonder we live in a country where most feel that there is no reason to follow the rules. They aren’t taught hard lines as kids… so of course as adults this is going to continue.
And you know what I told my husband? That I never EVER want to become “that Israeli”. The kind that believes rules do not apply to them. I will do my damnest to change “that kind” of sabra into a better kind.
One call to the municipality at a time.