Que Sera Sera

I wonder how many of you older folks (like me) will remember a song made popular many years ago by the American film star, Doris Day. It was called “Que Sera Sera”. Spanish for “whatever will be, will be”.

It is a fitting song under our present political dilemma.

“Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be, the future’s not ours to see, que sera sera”.

In light of legal charges against the Prime Minister and in spite of his vehement denial, he still believes that his political future is solid and, in his own words, “I will be the Prime Minister for many more years”.

He is not a fortune-teller and he cannot predict the future. Que sera sera. What will be, will be.

. More than the voices of defense lawyers and prosecutors, it is only the vox populi—the voice of the people—which will determine his future.

And even if he is re-elected, there is no guarantee that President Rivlin will select him to be the head of government. He will view it as a travesty that one who has an indictment hanging over his head with the very possible and probable conviction in the court of law should be appointed head of government.

If Netanyahu has to join former illustrious companions, a past president and past prime minister, in prison, can he expect a presidential pardon? After all, he and President Rivlin are not the best of friends.

I was disturbed while watching and listening to the prime minister’s cry for passion from the electorate that there was not even a single syllable of remorse. Instead of taking at least some responsibility he put the total blame on the Left, the “witch-hunters” he accuses of fomenting his downfall.

An honest man would assume that some of the charges against him have elements of truth, and  he would turn to the populace to seek forgiveness combined with understanding.

His only emotional moment was his brief account of the pain suffered by him and his family over the past 3 years. It cannot be easy for a wife and sons to contemplate the possibility of imprisonment for a husband and father. Bibi’s family is the most important thing for him. He has been a good husband, a devoted father, and an outstanding political leader. Until the axe fell!

The last adjective is the most difficult for me to understand.  He could go down in Israeli history as having been one of its finest leaders, a great statesman. Instead, his legacy is shattered because of his greed.

The Talmud, in Pirke Avot, asks and answers a poignant question: “Aizehu ashir? Ha samayach b’chelko”.

“Who is a rich man? He who is happy with what he has”. Bibi Netanyahu had everything but in his lust for more wealth and influence, he threw it all away. That is the sad truth and he and we must live with it.

Que sera, sera. What will be, will be. And on April 9 we will have the verdict of the public.

In speaking with family and friends yesterday and today, the verdict is mixed. Some believe that he may be re-elected while others are “absolutely positive” that he will be thrown out of politics forever.

But, as Doris Day sang, “the future’s not ours to see”.

I wonder if Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid are smiling and clapping hands. I can’t know about Yair but I feel in my heart that Benny Gantz is a man of compassion, a man who thrives on honor and trust, a man who is in love with the people of Israel who come first in his exemplary life.

In the meantime, we have 39 more days before we can know “que sera, sera”.

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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