Esor Ben-Sorek

Our National Dread Disease

No. It is not coronavirus. Tragically with so many deaths it is not simply a national disease but an international plague which has transformed the lives of multi-million persons.

The main dread disease in Israel is Netanyahu-itis and to date no vaccine has been discovered to put an end to it.

Millions of our citizens are hungry, unemployed, deprived of formal studies in our schools and educational institutes of higher learning which are closed.

There are sadly Israeli beggars on our streets imploring passers=by for charity.

Few can afford travel even if travel-places were open and available. Hotels in Israel are empty. Thousands of restaurants are closed. Hundreds of elderly citizens wearing masks are frightened to do grocery shopping in stores and in supermarkets. Social distancing in those places are nigh impossible.

And the death toll increases daily. As of today we have 26,257 cases of coronavirus and 322 deaths. A very tragic and unnecessary number
But prime (crime) minister Netanyahu has made his priority the funds needed to pay his attorneys for his trial.

He is reputed to be a multi-millionaire himself but rather than using his own money he has turned to very wealthy foreign donors for financial help. To date he has refused to declare his assets and insists on receiving tax benefits… intended for him alone with no benefits for the rest of our 9 million citizens.

He asked an oversight committee to permit him to receive #2.9 million dollars for a start, from the American billionaire Spencer Partrich, who is also a witness in the criminal trial of Binyamin Netanyahu.

In 2019 the committee declined his request for 10 million shekels from Partrich. (If Spencer Partrich continues to shell out millions of dollars and shekels to Netanyahu, he would have to change his family name from Part-rich to Part-poor.)

Netanyahu’s hunger for money knows no bounds. He and Sara are completely addicted to the good life, Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnet, the largest supporter of Bibi, can testify to the Netanyahu hunger for money when he is sworn in as a witness in the cases against Netanyahu.

No former leader in the Israeli government was ever as greedy as the Netanyahu family. Perhaps fed by his also money-hungry wife.

They are the carriers of our dreaded national disease, a highly contagious Israeli-only disease. All the masks in the world cannot save us from the contagion. Quarantine and social-distancing are to no avail.

We have no personal contact with the prime minister, happily so, and we need not fear quarantine nor the marked-off spaces between one person and another.

Tens of thousands of our fellow citizens have marched and continue to march in protest against a dictator who lives in the lap of luxury while so many of them struggle with hunger and with bills that cannot be paid. The citizens’ banks are closed. Open only to specified Balfour street residents.

Dear fellow citizens, if you can count, please tell me how many more of our family, friends and neighbors must die of the virus. How many more graves will need to be dug? How many mourners will suffer their losses for the rest of their lives? How long can we remain silent in efforts to depose a criminal conscience–less ruler?

We need to force… yes, to force King Bibi to abdicate his throne. But it must only be done by democratic means, never by physical harm.

Our distinguished Attorney General Mandelblit was completely correct from the very beginning, even prior to the indictment against a miserable prime minister who puts himself and his family before the millions of citizens whom he is obligated to serve honestly.

I do hope to live to witness the final days of his trial. The final days of Netanyahu-itis. And our salvation from our national dread disease.

We in the beautiful State of Israel treasure our Jewish-ness and our democracy. In that order.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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