Gideon Sa’ar, a distinguished lawyer, a member of the Likud party, and Netanyahu’s nemesis fearing that Sa’ar would topple him from the high seat which he still occupies…. Temporarily, hopefully.
In any forthcoming coalition, Gideon Sa’ar is most deserving of being appointed a Sar (Minister) in the new government. Sar Ha-Mishpatim, Minister of Justice, would suit him admirably.
Without defaming prime minister Netanyahu and addressing his recent remarks with courtesy and respect, Sa’ar became the first member of the Likud party to bolt. He condemned the proposal to reduce the powers of the courts and opposed a law that would grant immunity to all serving members of the Knesset, including the prime minister, who could not be indicted nor tried for his crimes.
If such a drastic law were to be passed by the Knesset, it would be a final nail in the coffin of Israel’s democracy.
In speaking of it, Esther Hayut, the Chief Justice of our Supreme Court, referred to the Nazi action to silence the courts. The laws of the previous Weimar Republic were extinguished forever by Hitler’s demand.
Her comments were misconstrued by Netanyahu’s son and adviser, Yair Netanyahu, who accused the Chief Justice of comparing his father to Nazi Germany. That is NOT what she did nor intended.
She correctly pointed out that Netanyahu’s proposed attempt to reduce the powers of the High Court and to refuse to allow the courts to override decisions made by the members of the Knesset, was similar to the dissolution of the Weimar Republic and its courts of law and justice. Her remarks in NO way compared Netanyahu with fascism.
During these trying days when every attempt has been made to form a working coalition which has so far been impossible, prime minister Netanyahu has put his own personal welfare above that of the State. He is the day-dreamer who cannot foresee the State of Israel without him as its leader.
He fears the impending hearing and trial which can possibly render a verdict of guilty and would see Netanyahu forlorn and grieving in his orange prison garb as he stands before the court of justice to receive the verdict which can possibly impose a prison sentence upon him.
Tragically, he would be joining a past President of our country and a past leader of government who had spent time in a cell behind bars crying out their innocence to deaf ears.
The people of Israel are very forgiving. When the former president, Moshe Katzav, was released from prison for the crime of rape, he was warmly welcomed back into his home town by the members of his community who still held him in esteem.
Likewise, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu was re-elected on April 9th by Israeli voters, all of whom were well aware of possible indictments on three charges of fraud and bribery while he was still a sitting prime minister. Nevertheless, a majority of voters re-elected him. The blind leading the blind !
Only in Israel ! No politician in any land who is facing criminal charges would have a chance of being re-elected. But good-hearted Israelis are slow to send anyone to the gallows.
The concensus among the non-members of a possible role in a coalition government is mixed. The next largest party, Kachol v’Lavan (Blue and White) led by Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid could be offered by President Rivlin the opportunity to form a coalition.
Under our law of extension, Netanyahu has only eleven days left to succeed in putting together a coalition government. Failure to do so would award the opportunity to the opposition parties.
One must wonder how successful they can be. In the meantime, Netanyahu governs as a minority government. Never before in his past ten years in office has Netanyahu experienced such failure.
At best, he could remain leader of the Likud party which would not be successful in achieving the prize of which Bibi and Sara dream.
But on the other hand, he has to consider the very possibility that leadership will be handed to Gideon Sa’ar, an honorable and respected authority on law and a long-devoted member of the Likud party.
Giving Sa’ar a position as a sar, a minister in the government of the Knesset would be the first step to the overthrow of Netanyahu with Sa’ar as the newly elected prime minister.
Many of us who are familiar with Gideon Sa’ar’s political history would be honored to serve under his prime ministry.
It is time now to say “bye bye, Bibi” and to say “baruch ha-ba, Gidi”. Welcome Gidi. Welcome to our new prime minister.
Im yirtzeh Hashemn. Insh’Allah. All bases covered. By the Will of God and His people.