I have not anguished so much in what I have written through the years as I have in a recently published article, # 1, 120. It demands clarification from me. Clearing unclear words.
In several of my recent articles I have condemned prime minister Netanyahu and those who march in his footsteps for what I, like millions of others, consider autocracy, dictatorship, and abandonment of our citizens.
But allow me to clear the unclear. As much as I dislike what he says and what he does not do, I have NEVER advocated assassination, God forbid a thousand or more times.
The words I have used, from the Hebrew into English, do NOT use such a vile term. I choose instead l’hapil, to topple and l’hasir or l’salek, to eliminate, but these words were NEVER intended to topple or to eliminate the prime minister nor any member of his family by the threat of death.
L’olam LO. Never. Never.
If readers of my published articles and members of the editorial staff of the TIMES OF ISRAEL misread and misinterpreted the vocabulary which I hold to be my true feelings, I sincerely and whole-heartedly apologize for conveying a wish that was and is not meant to be. My words have been sadly misunderstood.
When I speak of force to remove Netanyahu from office, it is the force of the public, never force of weaponry. As much as I hate the thought of going to our fourth election in the course of one year, it remains the sole source of non-violence in the democratic way of removing the prime minister from his exalted position.
The protest sign which I have chosen to best indicate my wish is one that simply but clearly would meet my intention… “Bibi HaBayta”… Bibi, Go Home. Not “home” to the official residence. Au contraire. Home means home to the solitude and peacefulness of his Caesarean dwelling place. A place to sit quietly and to begin writing his memoirs of fourteen years in high public office.
I do not think that we, as a Jewish people and nation, have recovered from the tragic and despicable assassination of our former prime minister, Yitzchak Rabin. I think we shall never recover from it.
Following the unconscionable assassination of Anwar Sadat, late president of Egypt, the Egyptian people mourned and then continue with living. It has taken us in Israel much longer, years longer, to recover from Rabin’s death.
No sane mind among the people of Israel could or would ever consider a repetition of that great tragedy.
Netanyahu can be “toppled” or “eliminated” without need for blood to be shed. If democracy still has its wings, the ballot box must always invalidate a need for bullets or other weapons of destruction.
My esteemed editors at the TIMES OF ISRAEL were at first disappointed in my choice of words. But they ultimately understood my intentions when I cleared up the unclear.
Likewise, I hope my readers will not chastise me too severely in their misunderstandings of thoughts I had expressed.
As critical as I have been of our prime minister I am equally critical of brutalities sanctioned by his chosen “Minister of Public Insecurity” K’shmo hu, ken hu. As is his title, so is he.
In our prayer for the welfare of the State of Israel, we need to concentrate on one particular line:
“ Shlach orcha v’amitcha l’rosheha, sareha v’yoatzeha, m’ginai eretz kodshainu…..”
We pray to Almighty God that He will send His light and truth to our leaders, officers and counselors and He will strengthen the defenders of our Holy Land…..”.
As of these unhappy times we have little light and too much darkness, few truths but too many lies.
Chazek v’nitchazek… let us be strong and give strength to one another.
B’ezrat Hashem …. Hopefully with God’s help I have succeeded to clear the unclear !