Esor Ben-Sorek

Bye Bye, Bibi… See Ya’ Sara (An Opinion)

People of Israel. Voters in Israel. Ad matai? How much longer will we have to read in our newspapers, in the foreign press and on television commentators the “notorious” crimes and misdeeds of our Prime Minister and his wife? Perhaps his revised title should be Prime Criminal.

Enough of the nonsense of “innocent until proven guilty”. British common law which we inherited should revert to French law… “guilty until proven innocent”. It worked for Alfred Dreyfus. Perhaps if Bibi and Sara could share a joint bedroom on Devil’s Island, it may eventually work for them. But I doubt it.

There is so much corruption in our country, much if not most of it hidden from the public. A reader in Germany asked me what I thought of the situation. She wanted to know if I’m not ashamed to be an Israeli at this time.

It was a ridiculously stupid question. Nothing in the world, on this planet or any other, could make me ashamed to be Israeli. I hold my nationality and my passport with immense pride.

Am I ashamed of our government leaders and their sidekicks? Yes. Definitely. But there are ways to resolve the stinking problem, if only for a moment. The Prime Minister must be required by the courts to remove himself and his family from the official Prime Minister’s Residence and to cease all activities of a Prime Minister until Cases 1000, 2000, 3000 and now 4000 are resolved.

Evidence clearly and without question points to the joint guilt of Mr. and Mrs. Netanyahu, Ltd.   How it is possible, in view of audio tapes and written letters proving their guilt without doubt, for a normal individual’s response “they will find nothing because there is nothing to find”?

Oh yes there is Bibi. Indeed there is Sara. And for the good of our beloved country you both should have the decency and the courage to admit that you are both at fault for foolish mistakes. You are not common criminals. Perhaps just un-common.

Since 1948 we have struggled to create one of the finest law-abiding countries in the world. With all the dangers surrounding us, we did not yield to defeat. It is not in our Hebrew vocabulary.

Zev Jabotinsky and his disciple  Menachem Begin, both of blessed memory, instilled in us the codes of decency and of honor. The world looks to us as an example of how truth and hard work can make a small country into a giant.

People of Israel. Voters in Israel. I ask once again…ad matai? How long will the scandals continue? Can we not all raise our voices strong, loud and clear to demand the temporary resignation of our Prime Minister pending the outcome of the charges against him? Can we not march on Rothschild Boulevard in protests, signs held high?

We have an obligation to ourselves and to the greater world to demonstrate our opposition to corruption, bribery, lying under oath, and breaching the public’s trust.

Even our common neighbor and enemy, Mahmud Abbas, aka Abu Mazen, has made strong efforts to rid his administration of corrupt politicians. Not always successful due to the nature of Palestinian factions.

I have voted for Likud in past elections. But it behooves me to question why the Likud members of the coalition remain faithful to a leader whom everyone (except them) recognizes guilt when they see it.

For the sake of Israel’s honor, it is time to say “Bye Bye Bibi” and  “See ya, Sara”.

Anyhow…that’s my opinion.  What’s yours?

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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