Bibi’s New Folly

So…. It’s official. The man who despises our Prime Minister, who opposes his policies, and who bad-mouths him in public and in the media has decided to join the coalition and his demand of being appointed Minister of Defense has been honored.

Our esteemed editor-in-chief, David Horovitz, has written a brilliant op-ed piece warning us of the dangers that lurk in the not-so-invisible shadows.

Avigdor Liberman may yet attempt to overthrow the man who appointed him in his greed-hungry desire to become our next Prime Minister, chas v’chalila (God forbid).

It was a game of musical chairs. Who would get to the chair first, Isaac Herzog of Labor or right-winger Avigdor Liberman of Yisrael Beiteinu?

Frustrated and in need of a stronger coalition, Bibi played the game of eenie-meenie-miney-mo blindfolded and his finger fell upon Liberman’s name.

Herzog is now scorned by his Zionist Union Labor party and Sheli Yachimovich is demanding his resignation as party leader. Herzog gambled and lost. Such things happen in the world of politics.

There will be major external problems with the appointment of Liberman to Ya’alon’s post as Defense Minister while Ya’alon has been given the portfolio as our new Foreign Minister.

The Arabs despise Liberman. Obama hates him. The EU thinks negatively of him. He is brash and arrogant and speaks straight of policies which he intends to implement.

He will support the settlers and the settlements. He wants to oust Abbas from leadership of the Palestinian Authority. He opposes a two-state solution for peace. He refuses to meet with Palestinian leaders.

A question is: will he become Israel’s version of America’s Donald Trump? Will his policies be radical, inflicting international condemnation or have we become immune to voices of reason beyond our borders?

The lives of thousands of young men and women in our military forces will now be in Liberman’s hands. Can they and their parents trust his decisions which may, God forbid, endanger those brave young lives?

From my point of view, shared by millions of our citizens, the appointment of Liberman to Defense Minister is Bibi’s new folly.

The two men may shake hands for photographers but their smiles cannot be genuine. Both of them resent the other. But Bibi has more to lose. Liberman’s political appetite is great and he may one day be our next Prime Minister.

If that unfortunate situation occurs, we will need more than God’s protection.

With Bibi, we can live. With Liberman, we can only doubt, wonder and worry.

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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