Michael Boyden

Bibi Must Go

It was Bibi who in 1995 stood on a balcony overlooking Jerusalem’s Zion Square and inflamed the crowd by attacking the government of the day while protesters below held up placards with pictures of the to-be-assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in a Nazi SS uniform.

It was Bibi who told Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri that “the Left has forgotten what it means to be Jewish”.

It was Bibi who in July 1995 led a mock funeral procession featuring a coffin and hangman’s noose at an anti-Rabin rally at which protesters chanted, “Death to Rabin”.

It was Bibi who in 2017 reneged on an agreement with the Jewish Agency that would have led to the establishment of an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. Natan Sharansky said at the time: “(The) decision signifies a retreat from the agreement that will make our work to bring Israel and the Jewish world closer together increasingly more difficult”.

It is Bibi who has incited his supporters to view Lefties (smolanim) as traitors just because they did not support his policies. It is those same “traitors” who are now putting their lives at risk to defend our country.

It is Bibi who is scheming to overthrow Israel’s judicial system, although he once said that he would do everything in his power to preserve Israel’s independent judiciary.

It is Bibi, who is the first prime minister in Israel’s history to be indicted on charges of breach of trust, accepting bribes and fraud.

It is Bibi, who has turned his wife Sarah into an empress, who nearly always accompanies him on his official visits overseas at the expense of the Israeli tax payer. (I have not seen her visit a single family of those murdered and those kidnapped following Hamas’ bloody assault two weeks ago.)

It is Bibi, who in 2015 angered President Obama by going over his head and accepting an Opposition invitation to address Congress.

It is Bibi who, by an error of political judgment, sided with President Trump and even used a photograph of himself with Trump in one of his election campaigns. Trump recently said of him ““(Netanyahu) has been hurt very badly because of what’s happened here. He was not prepared. He was not prepared, and Israel was not prepared.”

It is that same Bibi who is now bending over backwards to try to placate President Biden without whose political, military and economic support Israel would be hard put to fight this war.

It is Bibi, who has held the office of prime minister in total for more than 16 years, and must bear full responsibility for Israel’s failed strategy in dealing with Hamas, not defending Israel’s borders properly, and thereby allowing the massacre to take place that has left the entire Jewish People mourning.

The day the war is over Bibi needs to go, and as the Hebrew saying goes: V’yaffah sha’ah achat kodem (and the sooner the better).

About the Author
Made aliyah from the UK in 1985, am a former president of the Israel Council of Reform Rabbis and am currently rabbi of Kehilat Yonatan in Hod Hasharon, Israel.
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