Robbie Michaelson
Neither Right Nor Left - Just Passionate

Betrayed by our Savior

It has been a rough couple of years in Israel; at least for us with half a brain who care about our country. To close to half of Israel’s Jewish citizens, and more than 50% of the country, Benny Gantz represented the best hope for a better country. The best hope for taking our country forward and out of the moral and ethical abyss that Israel has fallen into.  And then, on another coronavirus afternoon, our white knight suddenly caved.

Does the word betrayal come to mind? How can you campaign through 3 painful elections on a platform that the current Prime Minister is unfit to govern and then suddenly agree to sit under that very same “under indictment” man? How can you be comfortable sitting with the likes of Yaakov Litzman, Mickey Zohar, Miri Regev and what’s his name Ohana? How can you spit in the face of all those who supported you by agreeing to serve under Netanyahu and his minions?

In his remarks after become “Speaker of the Knesset” Gantz called for all Israelis to make sacrifices and put Israel first. Nice words – from someone who fell on his sword and went back on his word….to put Israel first? You couldn’t have sat with our Arab citizens? You couldn’t have supported Meir Cohen as the Speaker of the Knesset when his election was finally in reach? You picked Netanyahu over Liberman?  You picked UTJ and Shas over Ya’alon and Lapid?  That’s politics…right?

One of the members of the Labor party, in her 3 minutes allocated to speak during today’s Knesset vote on “The Speaker” said: “Benny: you didn’t learn what happened to Lapid and Ya’alon, Barak and others under Netanyahu?” Those who do not learn from history …………..

Netanyahu has used the coronavirus to his advantage. He has scared Israelis by spinning the truth….as is his want. He has no economic rescue plan, he has no strategy…..except to stay in power and avoid his criminal trial. God knows how many respirators we really have? Who knows how many tests for the virus we have conducted or are conducting? We do know under this Prime Minister that our hospitals are not enough and are unprepared for such a pandemic.

Let’s not forget that just hours ago our Democracy was under fire from the likes of the unelected Justice Minister; the outgoing Speaker of the Knesset, and the man who believes only he can rule Israel and never is the time right for him to step aside. So much for putting Israel first!

We don’t know what percentage of the coronavirus cases come from the Haredi community; but from their behavior we can guess.  However we do know that community has been draining our resources while not serving in our military and contributing to our country. The religious and right block all supported Gantz as “Speaker of the Knesset”. That really tells you all that you need to know. Thanks Benny, you just stabbed us in the back! At least now Katz will no longer be Foreign Minister. Wow, what an achievement!

About the Author
First came to Israel as a volunteer after the Six Day War. Made Aliyah in 1972, served in the IDF, stayed in Israel for 4 years. Returned again to live permanently in Israel in 2017. Am widely traveled & strong supporter of Zionism. Have an M.A. in International Relations from McGill University.
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