Bibi’s Bad Wednesday

Remember this day, Wednesday. 2 October, 2019… a bad day for Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu.

First, his plea to Benny Gantz for an urgent meeting to form a joint coalition failed. Gantz refused to meet with him claiming that Likud was not acting in good faith.. Nothing could be accomplished.

Second, unable to form a coalition government, Netanyahu returns the mandate to President Reuven Rivlin. The President will then charge Benny Gantz with the task of forming a coalition. To my sorrow, I anticipate his lack of success. Off to new election in a few months… the third election this year. A big waste !

Third, today is the first of the pre-indictment hearings charging Bibi with fraud and bribery and breach of trust. Best of luck to our Attorney General.

Ten of his lawyers will meet with twenty of our Justices to request a nullification of all criminal charges against the prime minister. Ten will fail. The charges will prevail. (There is a God).

It is a long day and a bad day for Bibi.

At Rosh Hashanah services in the synagogue, as the shofar (ram’s horn) was being blown, when the tekia gedola blast was heard, voices nearby whispered “Hail,Hail, Bibi goes to jail”. It was their solemn prayer.

5779 is gone forever. 5780 has arrived. What will the new year bring to us? Will lies and corruption continue to represent us to the nations of the world or can truth and tranquility, honesty and justice shine in what is left in our democracy?

No one can disregard Netanyahu’s many achievements in the political sphere. In his multi travels to countries near and very far he was well received by foreign leaders. He succeeded in convincing the American president, Donald Trump, to re-locate the U.S. embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. That great feat encouraged some other nations to follow.

But regrettably, some of his handiwork was consumed by corruption, bribery, lies and breach of trust.

These are things that the country cannot forget and will not forgive.

It appears to be only a matter of time for the Netanyahu family to move out of the Residence on Balfour street and begin their undignified retreat to their home in Caesarea.

What once was his beautiful dream has now become Netanyahu’s haunting nightmare.

The pre-indictment hearings will continue to stretch out for the next two weeks. We may guess but cannot now know the final outcome. Innocent of all charges or guilty as charged? Will he go to jail?

Sadly, past prime ministers and a past president, together with numerous government officials have been sent to prison for several reasons.. from embezzlement to rape.

Who among us can forget the dark clouds which hovered over us both in our own eyes and in the eyes of many other nations?

What will become of poor Sara without a Bibi to dominate? Perhaps an arranged conjugal cell could be provided since both will have criminal records. Sara already has one.

And what will Yair do without all his privileges? Will he find his first job? Will he learn how to pay taxes? Will his anti-social behavior continue? Will his mouth be closed from filth? Questions which I doubt.

We, the public, have endured the mad circus of events. We have suffered from shame and despair. We have lost faith in our Jewish values and in our once-democratic system of government.

Today is a bad Wednesday for prime minister Netanyahu.

With the help of Almighty God let it be the beginning of a good day and year for the people of Israel.

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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