Something is Not Rotten in Denmark. It is Rotten in Tel-Aviv

William Shakespeare could not have said it better than his profound words in HAMLET.

The scene is set in Denmark. A guard named Marcellus is talking to his friend Horatio and tells him that “something is rotten in the State of Denmark”. He describes the political turmoil in the kingdom and compares the corrupt ruling class to a fish rotting from head to tail, its stinking stench emanating from the top of the political hierarchy.

Six hundred years later, Shakespeare’s words could refer to the rotten stench in the political sectors in Tel-Aviv.

Zionist Union leader Gabbay, who has dismissed his party and reverts back to Labor, did a horrible thing for a politician and a decent human being. At a press conference today, with his coalition  partner Tzipi Livni sitting beside him, without any notice, without any prior discussions with her, kicked her off of the party’s leadership leaving her sitting stunned and speechless.

Liking her political views or not, Tzipi Livni has been a devout and dedicated and loyal opposition leader and she did not deserve the coarse and indecent treatment from Gabbay.

The fish is not rotten in Denmark. It is rotten in Gabbay’s Tel-Aviv political circus.

An attempt to bring Labor back to a leftist government in an attempt to overthrow the Likud and Netanyahu is doomed to failure. We remember the early years of Labor which brought us failed socialism.

I do agree that we desperately need a change of political leadership.  Gantz and Lapid are ready to change for the good the corruption of the Netanyahu regime . And the New Right party is appealing and promising.  Bennet and Shaked are experienced politicians, savants of the law and without political stains on their reputations.

If Attorney General Mandelblit will present his recommendation for the indictment of Prime Minister Netanyahu either before the April 9th elections or shortly thereafter, Netanyahu has announced a priori that he will not step down, he will not resign, and he will appeal any decision of the High Court of Justice. His hunger to hold the reins of government have obsessed him to the facts of political responsibility and the law.

Few of us would be unhappy to see the Netanyahu clan of Bibi, Sara, Yair and the innocent Avner forced to surrender their palatial palace on Balfour street in Jerusalem for the luxury of their villa in Caesarea.

Like the United States constitution which permits an American president to serve only two terms, Israel must amend its laws and re-define the terms in office allowed for a Prime Minister. Following the examples of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom would even be better.

In a Knesset of 120 seats there should be no more than 120 delegates, one each chosen from the ranks of the political parties. One vote per delegate is the fair and democratic method in western countries for establishing changes in government rule. We in Israel are too backward and too unenlightened to understand the benefits of such a policy.

Gabbay, first of all, should have the guts, the courage and the political correctness and decency to issue a personal public apology to his mistreatment of his partner Tzipi Livni.  She deserves better.

And we the people must demand it. Otherwise the something that was rotten in the State of Denmark will curse our democracy with its rotten stench in the State of Israel.

And with the recent death of our greatest living author, Amos Oz, we are bereft of a strong voice to call out to our people “Get rid of the old, bring in the new”.

And while we are at it: keep the rabbis in their synagogues and out of the Knesset. Rabbis and politics are food for corruption.

Or as Shakespeare’s HAMLET indicated.  Get rid of the foul politicians and cleanse our air of their stench.

In the meantime, it has been reported that Attorney General Mandelblit, in consultation with lawyers, prosecutors and judges, has received unanimous support for indictment proceedings against Prime Minister Netanyahu  which will take place prior to the April elections.

It was decided that voters should have all the facts before going to the voting booth.

This promises to be one of the indictments that will make legal history in Israel.

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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