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Alan Flashman

PM and ME

Neither of us went to Independence Day celebrations. I know that no one asked, but I had a virus. Not the “Ahitofel” strain.

As for our erstwhile PM. He was criticized for copping out, and his advisor won the “Ahitofel” award. I beg to differ. This was by far the least detrimental alternative.

But that makes a point, does it not? Not a media point, if there is such a complex entity. But this point: here is a concrete example of Netanyahu decision making. He does what is either best or least detrimental for himself.

And that very fact, that for a sitting PM, ducking Independence Day is least detrimental, says it all. When he is no longer PM, that will be least detrimental for the independent State of Israel. He can take Ahitofel with him.

Or lend him to me, I could use a good laugh.

About the Author
Alan Flashman was born in Foxborough, MA, and gained his BA from Columbia, MD from NYU, Pediatrics, Adult and Child Psychiatry specialties at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The Bronx, NY. He has practiced in Beer Sheba since 1983, and taught mental health at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University and Ben Gurion University. Alan has edited readers on Therapeutic Communication with Children (2002) and Adolescents (2005) in Hebrew, translated Buber's I and Thou anew into Hebrew, and authored Losing It, an autobiography, and From Protection to Passover. He recently published two summary works of his clinical experience (both 2022) Family Therapies for the 21st Century and Mental Health in Pediatrics.
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