A Night of Watching. A Day of Praying

The election of April 9, 2019 will go down in our history although I’m not quite sure what it will reveal.

I rejoiced when I saw my preferred candidate Benny Gantz, Blue-and-White party, win by 4 mandates (37) over Binyamin Netanyahu’s defeat (33 mandates). It was a disastrous day for prime minister Netanyahu who is not accustomed to losing an election, especially losing it to a neophyte candidate who has never been involved in politics.

It is a clear indication that many of our citizens are tired of Netanyahu’s past ten years in office and also do not want to elect a prime minister who may soon face a possible prison sentence.

I am quite certain that Bibi and Sara will not go dancing tonight. Nor will they be toasting a campaign with fraudulent champagne nor will Bibi be lighting up one of the famous cigars.

Sara, no doubt, will be screaming at her husband. “How could you have lost the election? I don’t want to move out of “our” home here on Balfour street. Caesarea can wait for us”.

I have no idea how Bibi would respond. Probably he’ll have to ask advice from his favorite campaign manager, his rotten son Yair.

Regarding the election results, nothing is certain. If Benny Gantz fails to put a coalition government together, President Rivlin will ask Netanyahu to try. And though I really hate to think of it, in that case Bibi could win. But even if he does and even if the other parties recommend him to President Rivlin, I am not completely certain that the president needs to follow the recommendations. He could, I believe, choose a candidate who he is sure can be steadfast without a possible prison sentence hanging over his head.

In such an event, I have no doubt  of his choice. It would definitely be Benny Gantz, our respected former army commander and military chief.  President Rivlin knows an honest man when he speaks with him. And Gantz is honest, loyal, respected, admired and clean of misbehavior. A loving family man.

For his part, President Reuven Rivlin is not at all unhappy about Netanyahu’s loss. There has been bad blood between them for many years and Rivlin owes nothing to Netanyahu.

Our nation should recite prayers for our First Lady, Nechama Rivlin, our president’s beloved wife. She is very ill, probably a reaction to her earlier lung transplant, and is in need of our prayers for her refuah shelema, a complete and speedy recovery.

I wonder if Netanyahu conveyed his concern for her health to our president. Or perhaps he was not allowed by Sara to do it. Stranger things have happened.

Some of my neighbors had remarked in the past that Bibi stays with Sara not out of real love but more out of fear. We still do not know what document he  allegedly signed which she holds high over his head.

One thing must be said positively about Sara Ben-Artzi Netanyahu. She is no fool. She is educated and intelligent. And she is in total control in the Netanyahu household.

Elections are over. Polls closed at 10 p.m. The nation is holding its breath. The future is uncertain.

We have gone through a night of watching and a day of praying.

My prayers are for peace in our country, tolerance among those of differing opinions, and a resounding victory for the future Prime Minister of Israel, Benny Gantz.

Ken yehi ratzon.  Insh’Allah.  Let us hope !


After having written the above article, I read the disturbing and unhappy news for me that the table had turned and put Netanyahu in the lead. God help us. ______________________________________________________________________


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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