Polish writer Jakub Zulczyk could face prison time for insulting President Andrzej Duda for calling him a “moron.” That could never happen here.
In Israel, no one is obligated to like anyone else.
Secondly, the Israeli president is so much loved and respected that if you’d call him a moron, everybody will think that you’re that moron.
If you’d baselessly call someone a thief, for instance, you’re damaging someone’s good name. But when you call someone a moron or stupid, you’re simply airing your dislike. That is not defamation.
But the Polish president is a sympathizer of his former US counterpart, Trump. In such a case, ‘moron” to me seems an understatement.
Reminds me of the poor chap summoned for saying the Czar is a donkey. “Your honor,” the defendant tried, “when I called someone a donkey, I didn’t mean the Czar.” Nonsense,” retorted the judge. “Everybody knows that when you call anyone a donkey, you must mean the Czar.”
This reminds me of many recent reports that in Poland, historians are forbidden to acknowledge there ever existed Polish Nazi collaborators or murderers of Jews. When the truth hurts, the Polish State seems to indict the messenger of the truth. Gentile Poles, in general, also terribly suffered under Hitler’s racism. But, Nazi rule also forbid any ‘insult’ to their ‘utopian’ Reich. Couldn’t that give Poles some pause for thought?
To end on a happy political note. Leaders of all dozen parties that vied in Israel’s elections today, have declared their (coming) victory. Congrats! Not only are the predictions changing every 10 minutes. For the next 3 days at least, the media will tell us every 10 minutes how they changed.