Bibi’s under a lot of pressure. And it’s only human that when the going gets tough, all behavior that we surpassed years ago, may raise its ugly head.
The first Netanyahu government broke up when Netanyahu seemed to sail on the principle: You’re all liars but I can out-lie you all.
That was true but in no time, he found himself without any allies. All the people who felt wronged by him came together and ousted him. And he learned: You can lie to the liars but not to your friends.
Now so many self-important people in the State turn against him, he should talk with many of them one-on-one and soon, to restore their relationship. The incitement from the top down is riling up so many people at the bottom that his reign is not sustainable like that.
Common, most of them may be competitors but they’re not the enemy. Patch up with them. Editors in chief, heads of political parties outside the government, trade-unionists, leaders of protests, physicians, business leaders, economists, civil servant heads, etc.
No one needs to teach him how to form a working relationship with anyone. He’s the best in that (after Simon Peres). But he still needs to do it.
That is a lot of work. Maybe he can ask his dark-horse successor Nir Barkat to meet with a number of these people in Bibi’s name.
It’s not enough that allies and you yourself are saying to the media you’re doing a great job. You are. But that’s terribly undermined by all the slander that any truth became irrelevant. You can’t silence all your critics. But, at least most of them, you could compromise with, restore your relationship with them, and have them come from the high trees they climbed into.
Good luck! The State needs you to succeed. We have no one else.