Bibi, Bogie and Bougie

I used to be a devoted member of the Herut party. Then I became a transferred member of the Likud party. Now I see myself as an unhappy member of the Nudnik party.

It has become a battle of nicknames. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is “Bibi”. Former Minister of Defense, Moshe Ya’alon is “Bogie” and the leader of the opposition Labor party, the Zionist Union, Isaac Herzog , is “Bougie”.

The recent political catastrophe in our country is the fault of Bibi who deposed his Defense Minister, Ya’alon, in a Stalin-esque manner. He has planted seeds of facism in Israeli soil.

The over-extended talks between Bibi and Bougie regarding the latter joining the coalition was doomed to failure from the start. Bibi needed Labor’s seats to enhance and assure the security of his coalition.

Instead, he turned to his arch-rival and political enemy, the Soviet-born Avigdor Lieberman, hated and feared by Arabs, most Israelis, and the Obama administration.

Lieberman agreed to join the Likud coalition providing that he would be appointed Defense Minister in place of Ya’alon. And Bibi acquiesced.

In deposing Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon, a faithful and dedicated leader, Bibi’s strong-hand tactics are doomed to failure.

Ya’alon was a military hero, a chief of staff, who had the confidence and the admiration of the General Staff. He was highly respected by all the branches of Israel’s military forces, army, navy and airforce.

And he was replaced by Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, who has absolutely no experience in defense matters and only reached the rank of corporal in the army. He knows nothing about defense and lacks the respect and confidence of our military leaders.

The appointment of Lieberman, the little corporal, reminds me of another little corporal who rose to power and held the military in his hands with a tight grip. His name was Adolf Hitler. If military decisions had been the sole responsibility of the German High Command, and taken out of the hands of their little corporal, it is quite possible that Germany might have won the war.

Lieberman, an extreme right-winger, is a danger to Israel. The firing of Ya’alon was a tragic mistake.

To take the important position away from a highly experienced and knowledgeable Defense Minister and to place it in the hands of a know-nothing politician hungry for power is a disgrace to our nation.

Bibi has no loyalty to those who are loyal to him. And for his recent mis-guided actions, he and all Israel will pay a heavy price.

As for poor “Bougie” Herzog, his political days are numbered and his own party is calling for his resignation as head of the Zionist Union. Labor has been given a good thrashing. And Herzog alone was to blame for his indecisions and delaying tactics.

One day in the future, Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon may return to government and hopefully win an election making him our next Prime Minister. It is his dream and the dream of a majority of Israelis who are ashamed of the mal-treatment he received from Netanyahu.

Clocks are ticking. Time is swiftly passing. And hopefully in the near future we can say bye-bye to Bibi and to Sara.

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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