The 40 Year-Old Lie of the Century

Sickening is not the right word. Angry is too mild. Burning with rage is more correct.

I refer to the news story published today of a political libel made against Benny Gantz, a candidate for election as Prime Minister in April.

An Israeli woman, living in the USA for 40 years, has made a terrible and disgusting accusation against him. She accused him of sexual misconduct 40 years ago in the 1970’s when she was a 14 year old student and he was a 17 or 18 year old high school senior at Kfar HaYarok boarding school.

In her filthy accusation she described how she was sexually harassed by Benny Gantz, how traumatized she was and how it has affected her unmarried life to this day.

Nava Jacobs posted the accusation on her Facebook account which was picked up and published in the JERUSALEM POST.

It is reminiscent of a similar recent accusation made by a woman in the USA against Brett Kavanaugh, a candidate for a position as Judge in America’s Supreme Court, an accusation which he denied and which she could not substantiate in her efforts to defeat his candidacy for the Supreme Court.

Where was that accuser all these years without making any accusation? Why did she wait so long and came forward many years later when his candidacy was made public?

Similarly, where was Nava Jacobs for the last 40 years? Why did she not come forward with her accusation years earlier when Benny Gantz became the Commander in Chief of the Israeli military forces? What prompted her to make her accusation against him just at this special time?

To me, and I know to many, many others, the answer is clear. The party in power may have offered her a monetary reward for producing the lie against a very honorable and moral man who hopefully could defeat our corrupt Prime Minister who is awaiting indictments tomorrow.

There can be no other rational explanation. No one waits 40 years to file a complaint of an alleged crime committed allegedly 40 years ago.

The school records at Kfar HaYarok have no indication whatsoever that Nava Jacobs had reported the incident while she was a student at the school. There was never a complaint made to the police.

My oh my…  isn’t it a convenient coincidence to suddenly awake and recall an incident that allegedly occurred when she was 14?

Where has she been and why so silent the long ago years? How much did an anonymous Likudnik offer to pay for her false testimony? This 40 year old lie is the lie of the century.

Corrupt politicians and their party comrades will do anything possible to defame a favorite political candidate in opposition to them.

Benny Gantz should file a criminal complaint for libel and slander. The Shin Bet should certainly investigate the background by interrogating Nava Jacobs with a polygraph test. The same should be applied to Netanyahu who might possibly be the source of the great lie. One can never know the truth.

Israeli politics have been stinking for several years. How low can one party go in order to destroy the life and career of an honest and honorable man?

Is the price for keeping a seat in the Knesset worthwhile for the destruction of a man’s character?

No one that I know of….that is, no decent one…. would believe such filthy lies against Benny Gantz, a military hero of the highest order.

If there is any justice and honor left in our country, good citizens of Israel will defeat the present corrupt elements in our government and will bind up our nation’s wounds by electing Benny Gantz.

Ken yehi ratzon.  Insh’Allah.  Please God, let it be!

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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