Esor Ben-Sorek

Blaming Bibi on Balfour Street

I am too old to march in protests. I need to avoid being in crowds and I long for fresh air in safe places.

Therefore, I join the protestors in front of the prime minister’s residence on Balfour street in Jerusalem. I join them from a distance far and safer than Jerusalem and my heart supports them in blaming Bibi for the irresponsible way in which he has conducted himself during the dreaded coronavirus which has affected many thousands of our citizens and has caused, as of today, 400 unnecessary deaths with more awaiting to die and to be buried.

I mentioned my feelings today to my elderly neighbor and I share her bitter reply. “Bibi is only interested in Bibi and in Bibi’s rotten family. He is too concerned about his trial to be concerned about the lives and safety of us, the ordinary citizens.”

There is no way for me to count among nine million of our citizens how many agree with her remarks, but we can certainly be aware that it numbers in some millions.

The antidote is simple.

Bibi must go. He must step down, He must resign. All for the good of the country he loves. He has served his time in our politics and has done many outstanding things for Israel. But now, enough is enough.

As the Haggadah of Pesach loudly proclaims: D A Y E N U. Enough. Time for him to go either by his own will or by the will of the people.

In 1793 the walls of the Bastille in Paris were torn down by the thousands of rioters against injustice. The walls of the official residence on Balfour street can likewise be torn down. Bibi, Sara and Yair must be evicted although not by any physical harm. Bibi was elected by a democracy. He must now be deposed as a dictator. It is the cry of our people.

Our esteemed President Reuven Rivlin should begin his process of selecting a new prime minister.

Watching the protests on Balfour street is something I had never witnessed before in our history since 1948. It is something I find reprehensible but I understand the public’s boiling anger. It cannot be quelled by words at this time. Only action by the public and by the opposition from members of the Knesset can redeem us from the hell of the Netanyahu regime.

We all long for the days when we can walk or drive on our open streets and highways, when we can dine inside a restaurant or café of our choosing, of strolling and shopping in our beautiful malls, of enjoying a night at a cinema or theatrical performance, of relaxing in the sun and in the refreshing waters of the Mediterranean Sea splashing upon the warm sands of our welcoming beaches.

All of us have dreams and we are all entitled to see those dreams realized and fulfilled.

The Netanyahus can retire to their Caesarean palace, free of taxes from the Israeli public. And the wonderful masses of our wonderful citizens can resume the life-style which was stolen from them.

The security forces of the late prime minister Yitzchak Rabin, z”l could not protect him from the bullet fired from the gun of Yigal Amir and which ended the prime-minister’s life. The assassin was not alone and there were others who knew of the intended murder and who supported it. But they did not kill.

How can we be assured that Bibi Netanyahu’s Security Force will be able to avert any danger to the prime minister or to members of his family?

When crowds go wild there is always a danger. Let us pray that the Rabin assassination can never again be repeated.

Blaming the Bibi of Balfour street is legitimate. The mass protests are legitimate and legal. The anger and the hatred of millions who are opposed to prime-minister Binyamin “Bibi” Netanyahu is legitimate.

But harmful threats are not !

We were once a democracy defaced by a dictatorial government leader. We, the people of Israel are obligated to turn our beautiful country back to its democratic foundations in order that we may live with pride.

Am Yisrael Chai L’Olam! The people and the nation of Israel will live forevermore.

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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