A Day of Sadness — A Day of Gladness

My honorable fellow citizens of Israel.

We have waited three years for this day. A day that has now entered forever in the history books of our country.

The Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, today issued his final decision in which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was indicted for the three crimes as charged: fraud, breach of trust and bribery.

There is dancing in the streets of Israel. Jews, Arabs, Christians, are rejoicing that justice has prevailed against a now-indicted criminal and racist prime minister.

On other streets, there are Jews who are weeping at the final downfall of the man they elected and supported.

In short, today is a day of sadness and a day of gladness for the citizens of the State of Israel.

Our democracy has survived. Our justice system has won over lies, deceit and false testimony.

For three years the case against prime minister Netanyahu has filled our daily newspapers and broadcasts with pros and cons. The Attorney General had been vilified. And for three years we have heard the voice of the corrupt prime minister: “I am innocent of all charges. It is a witch-hunt by the police and media and my personal enemies in their attempt to overthrow me.”

Today he was formally declared “not innocent; guilty of all three charges”.

As the Attorney General rendered his decision on national television there was no joy in his voice. He heralded the triumph of democracy in Israel and regretted that a sitting prime minister had to fall into the lap of selfishness and crime for his own personal gain…nothing for the benefit of the State or its citizens.

Shortly after the decision was made public, prime minister Netanyahu appeared at the podium. Not with his usual smile. Not with his usual literary voice. Today he spoke like a broken man.

He still insisted on his innocence. He accused the witnesses against him of lying. He accused the police of threatening a woman with jail unless she gave testimony against the prime minister. He accused the police of violating the laws. He accused the prosecution of attempting a coup to remove him from office.

Everyone was guilty in his opinion. He alone was innocent of all charges against him! So he said.

The words were the same pathetic ones he had repeated time after time. Only the sound of a broken voice of a broken hearted man was different.

He condemned the harm and the humiliation which his family has received, in spite of his wife’s previously being found guilty of a criminal offense for which she paid a steep fine in place of a prison sentence.

I do not know how long it will take before Netanyahu must stand trial. I am sure that our judges will uphold the conviction of the attorney-general. How much imprisonment, if any, will Netanyahu receive?

For one thing, he must be removed from any political office for the rest of his life.

I rejoice in the strength of our system of justice. When I began believing that democracy was dying in Israel, today was a day of redemption.

Hail to our justice and to our jurisprudence. Hail to the wisdom of the prosecution and the respected attorney-general.

The coming weeks and months will fill us in on the details as they are made.

Can Benny Gantz now become our prime-minister? Will we now have a coalition government with honorable partners?

My answer is NO. Netanyahu refuses to lift up his hands in surrender. He will continue to remain our criminal prime minister until new elections take place.

Except for only one member of his Likud party, Gidon Sa’ar, no other Likud member will speak against Bibi. They are all afraid of losing their seats in government. Personal selfishness is the order of the day in our Knesset. Another of our national disgraces!

Que sera, sera…. What will be, will be.

Meanwhile, Sara and Yair can plan what to pack. Caesarea is waiting. The Balfour residence needs to be fumigated. Sorry Bibi…. No cigars or champagne in our prisons.

Yesh tzedek v’mishpat b’Yisrael. Yesh Elohim !

There is righteousness and justice in Israel. There is a God !

But today throughout Israel there is both sadness and gladness. I do not know which of the two emotions are greater ! Do you ?

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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