The Wizard (and the Witch) of Balfour Street

In the April 11th edition of the JERUSALEM POST. Lahav Harkov wrote a very interesting article on the magic of our prime minister. He titled his feature as “Political Affairs: The Wizard of Balfour Street”.

He reminded us how futile wishing can sometimes deceive and disappoint us. The election results at first seemed a defeat for Binyamin Netanyahu. Benny Gantz had already proclaimed himself as the winner and the new prime minister.

But only a few hours later when all the ballots, including those of soldiers, diplomats, and overseas officials, were tallied, the winner— the real winner— was Bibi Netanyahu who will be in three months time the longest serving prime minister of Israel.

Harkov calls him a “kosem”, Hebrew for a magician or a wizard. And Netanyahu is due his earned credits.

Our economy is thriving. Unemployment is very low. Housing costs are unbelievably high. Foreign relations have never been better. Leaders from all over the world come to Jerusalem to meet with the prime minister. Binyamin Netanyahu has turned Israel into a world power. No other politician could have done it.

I once voted for him in past elections but I could not do so in our recent comedy electioneering.

He may be the Wizard of Balfour Street but it remains to be seen what magic he will use to overturn indictments, trial, and possible prison…all which await him.

He gains his strength from the “machasheifa” of Balfour  Street, the term used to describe a witch. She loves him, entrapped him, supports him because living in Balfour Street has been her long-time dream.

Sometimes dreams turn into nightmares and it takes lots of magic to make them disappear. But knowing Netanyahu’s skills, he will succeed in doing it. He has “crushed” the leftists and ignored the centrists. He lost the support of Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, both who did not succeed in reaching the required number of votes for seats in the Knesset. Otherwise, Bibi would have his coalition partners ready without having to seek.

Wizards carry wands with which to turn naughty people into frogs or lizards. Lizards from the wizards.

Witches carry broomsticks on which they ride over the rooftops of our homes peeking in to see what and how much harm and disarray they can create.

The one hope to rid ourselves of witches is to fly drones in the sky and knock them off their broomsticks.

The renowned American author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, who lived in Salem, Massachusetts wrote his 1851 novel “House of the Seven Gables” in the atmosphere of the 1692-1693 Salem witchcraft trials.

Two hundred people were accused of witchcraft and were brought before the Salem magistrates. Nineteen of them were found guilty (fourteen women and five men) and were executed by hanging in the public square. Ever since 1693, Salem, which is north of Boston,  has been called “Witches’ City”.

A broomstick is not sufficiently attractive enough for the witches of the world in our time. They need to pursue their intended victims in Rolls-Royce or Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Woe be to the victim who is struck by one of their vehicles.

I agree with Lahav Harkov’s well-written report.  It has been visibly proven that our prime minister is a wizard,  a “kosem”.

As for the “machasheifa” of Balfour Street,  the verdict is still out.

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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