Three weeks after the election that should have been the political end of Benjamin Netanyahu – but that better ending has not yet come to pass.
The reasons our indicted Prime Minister was not defeated are well know and not so well known. Only a little over 68% of the eligible voters actually voted. The religious parties got all of their people out to vote – and then some. Over a 90% turnout in some Haredi districts; really? Terrific weather sent some otherwise anti-Netanyahu voters to the beach; really! The Arab sector dismal turnout worked to the extreme right’s benefit. The Blue & White campaign ran out of steam. It didn’t bother the citizens of Sderot that the Netanyahu Government did nothing to protect them from the rockets from Gaza – “Bibi was still the strongest leader”. The economy is strong – until you want to buy an apartment or stock up on some groceries. Israelis living abroad can’t vote. The bots on facebook weren’t from Netanyahu supporters. Vey huli and huli.
Now the question has shifted to what can be done to stop Netanyahu from arranging a deal in the Knesset to grant himself immunity from criminal charges stemming from his inditement? Think about it for a minute – our Prime Minister wants to place himself above the law! And his hand-picked minions in the Likud party are in place to help protect their leader. Not to mention the various coalition partners who are already tripping over themselves in their desire for coveted cabinet positions and who stand ready to sell out the country for their perceived personal gain.
It is one thing to vote for the Prime Minister knowing he is facing indictment charges. It is another thing not to know that that same Prime Minister would, if reelected, endeavour by his actions to grant himself legislative immunity from any criminal charges.
So what can be done to stop a lying megalomaniac Prime Minister from turning Israel into his personal fiefdom? The Attorney General Mandelblit is on record as saying that “the rule of law trumps Netanyahu’s win at the polls”. He has also not backed down from the time limits set for Netanyahu’s lawyers to schedule a pre-indictment hearing into the charges. So while Netanyahu’s lawyers conveniently don’t show up to pick up the legal documents to move the charges along the clock is still ticking. Ultimately our Supreme Court may well prove to be Israeli democracy’s last line of defence.
In the meantime a group of concerned Israelis from across the political spectrum has called for a public protest this coming motzi shabbat at Kikar Rabin. Let us hope there will be a huge turnout!