Anyone who has read a blog post of mine is probably able to infer that I’m not a fan of either the IDF or Israel’s military-industrial complex.
I think that at least many of the army’s activities are unnecessary and it intentionally puts lives at stake in a situation that would not require it many times. That’s my opinion. But for the rest of the country, at least, most of the country, Israeli troops are one of the most important factors to consider when handling a national crisis.
Now that we’ve established this, I’m going to attempt to represent the majority opinion of Israelis, in other words, mostly disregarding Palestinian lives and pretending that Israel is just another backsliding democracy without any other substantial problems or conflicts.
By way of taking a look at his mischievous doings in his sixth term, it is apparent that Bibi has lost sight of just about everything that matters, or, more accurately, should matter to him. Of course, this has been said numerous times before, but it’s interesting to note the scope of his regression as a once-was statesman.
In the past, I have looked into his politics before he turned insane and careless, to be able to decide if, in the days people praised him as a gifted leader, I’d’ve voted for him. Suffice it to say, as he has been a right-winger all his life, he wouldn’t have been my first choice. But he had a charisma to him, they all do.
There are probably countless examples to illustrate the fact that populist leaders are consistently charismatic, but for me, it’s enough to, in my mind, return to Hungary, and Orbán, who, before he got less pleasant to look at, was a talented and attractive orator.
For people less involved with politics, it’s sometimes enough for their leaders to be loud and decorative. We can look at El Salvador, where aside from important reforms, the President has done things like calling the army into the lawmakers’ chamber to press for the approval of a bill or simply dismissing the country’s Supreme Court judges. Despite this, he is one of the most persistently popular leaders in the world, with more than 85 percent of his people supporting him.
We can even look to the US with Obama, for example. Liberals loved him. Liberals still love him. Why? Has he achieved so much during his eight years in office? Or is he just great at giving speeches? While it’s a tad simplified, I’m voting for the latter.
Bibi is a similar case, in my view. The only difference is that while continuing to scrape for his power, he has gone nuts. Simple as that.
Before, it could be said that he is a sensible man. I would have said that maybe ten years ago, he was a sensible man. But now, the shekel is experiencing inflation, foreign investment is down, and he himself is profusely unpopular. Even the US is backing up a bit… Not too much, but still.
With only grossly incompetent theological fascists on his side, Bibi doesn’t have much time left. He has made a mark, quite certainly. But confront his 50-year-old self with the legacy he’s leaving Israel with and you may see a Prime Minister faint right before your eyes.
Strikes, general ones, and reservists refusing duty. His days are counted and he knows it.
But now, the hole may be much too great for him and his team; crawling out might not be an option anymore.