76 and 55. What will be next?

76 and 55. What will be next?
Media information to which even Netanyahu agrees states that 76% of Israeli voters approved Yitzchak Rabin as prime minister and 55% of the nation’s population mourned his assassination twenty-five years ago.

Can anyone give a figure of the numbers of Israelis who today can approve the leadership of Netanyahu?

I suspect the number of Jewish voters who will mourn his death will be significantly lower than Rabin’s.

Binyamin Netanyahu is not as well loved as previous prime ministers although he is respected for much of the work in which he has succeeded. It is, however his criminal present indictment is something which most honest Israelis scorn.

If a national poll were to be taken now, I doubt that he would reach Rabin’s 76 % approval rate and I am 100% certain that less than 55% of our Jewish population will mourn at his death. Those are facts which I can support.

Of course, the death percent of mourners would probably increase of Netanyahu did not die a natural death. We despise assassinations.

Leaving Sara out of the picture, if Yair were to breathe no longer, probably 95% of our public, Jews and Arabs together, would rejoice. Who knows? Maybe even 100%. He is held in disrespect and disgust by most of the nation.

Rabin’ assassination in 1995 was the result of Yigal Amir’s and his followers, among them Ohad Skornik, intense hatred of Rabin’s views on Palestinian peace and his relations with Yasser Arafat. Amir pulled the deadly trigger but his followers were also guilty for not pre-informing the government of Amir’s plot which they knew in advance.

Netanyahu has shown much different views concerning relations to Mahmoud Abbas and plans for an accord with the Palestinians. He has, however, extended an open invitation for face to face consultations to arrive at a peaceful result, which has been rejected by the Palestinians. At least Bibi gets an “A” for genuinely trying.

Of all our prime ministers from the first one, David Ben-Gurion to the present Binyamin Netanyahu, the one and only whom I can call our greatest was Menachem Begin. His love for Israel and all its people and his efforts which succeeded in making the first peace treaty with Egypt mark him forever as our most beloved leader.

Streets and boulevards in almost every city and town throughout our small country bear signs indicating the names of Ben-Gurion and Begin. I doubt that a rehov Netanyahu will be posted in our cities. His is a name that many of us want to forget as soon as he no longer breathes.

Much of what he has done and achieved attribute honor and glory to him , the kind which he relishes, always putting himself first before the needs of the Israeli public. His lifetime ego insists that he must always come first.

Recent accords with Gulf States United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain are to be exalted. Not only for his personal glory but also for the joy of all the citizens of Israel who are now able to travel freely to those countries and to enjoy their remarkable beauties. He, together with the American president Donald John Trump, deserve much honor in facilitating the peace accords.

Like the prime ministers who established peace treaties with Egypt and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Netanyahu’s legacy will tell of his peace arrangements with two Gulf states. They are not peace treaties since we were never at war with the two countries, since a treaty is something signed only after a war. Instead they are agreements for friendship, peace, cordial relationships, tourism and trade.

It may increase Bibi’s numbers to above 76 but I think the number 55 will remain the same.. possibly lower.

Both numbers added have significance in Jewish history. 7 + 6 = 13. The 13 tributes of Maimonides.

And 5 + 5 = 10. The Ten Commandments which God revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai.

And speaking Gematria, this article is my 1,165th. And those numbers add up to 13.

So Maimonides and I finally have something in common.

1 + 3 also add up to 4… our 4 matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.

No matter how you count the numbers I am happy to be in a very loving biblical society.

Keep adding the numbers of your years. You never know what happiness you may discover.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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