A Day to Be Sad and a Day to Be Glad

Today, February 28, 2019, is an historic day in the annals of Israeli history. It is a day to be sad and a day to be glad.

On this day, our esteemed attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, rendered his intention to indict Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu on all three counts of charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust that have been brought against him.

Today marks the first time in the history of our beloved country that a sitting prime minister has been the recipient of a legal verdict denouncing him as a criminal who, after a hearing, will stand trial in our courts of justice.

A sad day to witness the downfall of a giant and a glad day to rejoice in our legal scholars and in the intention to uphold our laws. No one is above them.

Listening to and watching the prime minister on national television, emotionally and defiantly pleading his case to the citizens of Israel whose support he very desperately needs at this time, was not at all impressive nor convincing. He repeated several times his innocence while putting the blame on others.

He praised the support he received from the American president, Donald Trump (who himself is no icon of virtue or truth) and  the American renowned lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, who expressed in his own opinion that Netanyahu did not violate Israeli laws.

He praised his family whom he dearly loves for their support and confidence in his innocence, not withstanding the fact that his wife Sara was involved in one particular case, that involving Elovitch of Walla relating to Bezeq, our national communications service.

Netanyahu stood on the podium and incessantly blamed the Left for his problems. He accused them of political sabotage in a concerted effort to topple his regime and to oust him as prime minister.  In his neurotic opinion, the Left   (Lapid and Gantz…the Blue and White party)  are responsible for all his misfortunes and for what he deems as the destruction of democracy in Israel.

It is quite laughable as so many of Israel’s eight plus million people hold he himself accountable for leaks and breaks in the democratic system.

It is today a sad day to witness a giant pleading for the public’s help. Binyamin Netanyahu has served as prime minister for four terms, longer than any prime ministers before him. There is no doubt that he will be recorded in our history as the finest of all our prime ministers. His achievements have been outstanding. He has travelled to many unusual countries of the world where he was received warmly and with respect and admiration.

Many African countries are establishing full diplomatic relations with us. Arab Muslim nations have hosted him as an official prospect of a sometime-in-the-future recognition of the Jewish State of Israel.

Our economy is thriving. Our scientific and medical institutions are creating dynamic changes in the world.  We have much to be proud of.

Our legal system and our justice ministry have carefully and thoroughly studied the documents in the three cases for which Prime Minister Netanyahu will be formally indicted and tried in our courts.

Only if and  when he is convicted must he relinquish his high post and step down. In the meantime, the legal procedures will take more than a year to be finalized and during that time Netanyahu will remain our prime minister….. depending upon the outcome of our elections on 9 April.

Today is a day to be glad for the brilliance of the attorney general and prosecutors.

It is a sad day to witness a promising politician yielding to political prostitution.

Netanyahu’s television appearance today neither impressed me nor convinced me. They were the words of an accused criminal seeking to avoid going to prison.  Very sad!

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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