The State of Israel relates to the rights of its citizens as mere luxuries. We see this in the remarks made against the doctors’ strike. Ilan Levin, who is in charge of wages in the Finance Office made comments despite the doctors’ responsible behavior, who even when they strike continue to treat urgent cases.
The right to strike is relative and is under the supervision of the Labor Court, and it also enables the workers to deal with the employer’s power [(Here you can read about the right to strike in Israel (Hebrew) and about the connection between the Halacha and the right to strike (Hebrew)].
Ilan Levin called on the doctors to agree to arbitration. This call is not fair as for eight years the State was very slow with the arbitration that was determined at the end of the former labor dispute with the doctors. From the beginning the State’s definition of the arbitration was not accepted by the doctors (the State referred only to the wages and not to the problems in the medical system). Here is an article about the strike’s background.
A senior civil service person in a democratic country should defend the wide interests of the country. These interests should reflect our countries morals. In a democracy the right to strike concept is an integral part of our lives, Rabbi Kook and Rabbi Tchorsh give us the Jewish concept that is almost identical to democratic concept on the right to strike under the control of the courts.
Ilan Levin and all the other clerks who serve us, should remember that the State of Israel’s interests are not only to save money but also to run an ethical and moral country.