Esor Ben-Sorek
Esor Ben-Sorek

The Tyrant Must Go and Our Democracy Re-Born

Like all my fellow citizens my tired eyes have been glued to the television watching and listening to the pollsters interpretations who will ascend to the throne of Israeli power. Sadly, very sadly, Likud is in the high numbers lacking only one or two seats and crawling like a beggar asking Naftali Bennet to join him as a guarantee of the 61 seat victory , thereby once again making Bibi the criminal tyranny master of the people of Israel. An uncrowned king without a throne.

He is a dangerous candidate to rule us again after 12 years in the seat of power. He has promised a Knesset seat to the fascist leader ibn Gvir and another seat to a hate-filled anti LGBT Knesset member.

The tyrant must go and our stolen democracy reborn.

Netanyahu is famous for making promises on Monday and breaking them on Tuesday. Ask Benny Gantz who knows it only too well. Bibi makes promises with fingers crossed. He never intends to keep them as they would diminish his personal authority and power.

His love affair with Donald Trump leaves him in despair that the new American president Joseph Biden will ignore most of his requests and will hesitate before thinking of inviting him to the White House.

If Bibi dreams again of legalizing illegal settlements or annexing Palestinian areas of the West Bank he will find himself as persona non grata with the United States government and Israel will become lacking in financial and military equipment aid it so greatly depends upon.

The Israeli public has not given much serious thought to the predicaments the country could face.

And if, God forbid, the ICC should find Israel guilty of war crimes against the Palestinians, Israeli personnel will find themselves denied travel to and entry in several European states members of the ICC.

Netanyahu has done wondrous things for the State of Israel over many years. But since his indictment on criminal charges his main efforts are concerned only with his trial. He has placed “me-myself-and-I” before the needs of the state he was elected to govern. Once a strong leader he has fallen into a garbage heap of lies and criminal activities, all at the extent of preserving a home on Balfour street with his like-minded family. Bibi has placed himself head above the nation, head above the citizens of the nation. As the French remarked in the 18th century “some heads must fall”.

Hopefully he will not receive recommendations to continue as prime minister by political leaders of other parties when they meet with our distinguished president Reuven Rivlin, who himself must retire in July while a new president is elected.

A friend who is wise in political circles remarked to me that Netanyahu would like to be recommended as the next President of the State of Israel, a figurehead position lacking power but one of great dignity.

I hope he was joking. Netanyahu’s best option, unless he is convicted of his crimes and sent to a prison term, would be to retire to his palatial residence in Caesarea, do some gardening, and begin the process of writing his memoirs of his many years in the service of the country. If the book sells, I for one, will be among those who have no wish to buy it nor to read it.

There comes a time when each one must decide, in clarity of mind, when is the appropriate time to call it quits and to enjoy the remaining years of life.

Sara could not allow it. It would mean the loss of her position as Israel’s first lady, something which her ego would find painful and unbearable. It would be undignified for her to do her own cooking and washing the dishes. But she is one of the most disliked women in Israel and the good merry wives in Israel would smile, clap hands and rejoice at her ejection from the Balfour street residence.

We must prevent at all costs the disgrace of a 5th election. We are already the mockery of democratic nations across the world.

Best situation would be Bennett’s Yamina party to refuse joining the Likud bloc. Let the tyrant go in order that our lost democracy may be reborn.

As for the present moment, millions of us will be following the daily broadcasts which will differ from hour to hour.

I have prepared a bottle of kosher l’Pesach vodka to calm my nerves as I sit, watch and listen.

Anyone care to join me?

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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