What is really on trial

Sadly, Israel has joined the long list of nations with ethics and illegality issues at the top of their leadership. People are right to gather in the streets in massive protests; however, they must let their legal system run its course.

In due time, Israel will be determined to be the canary in the coal mine as far as other leaders are concerned and that should worry Donald Trump. For some odd reason, Israelis seem to believe that Trump is the Messiah who will give them a capital in Jerusalem and be her shining knight in armor, allowing her to engage in unfettered growth in the West Bank and beyond, but this is ridiculous. Naming roads or moshavim for Donald Trump is premature, given the massive amount of ethics violations by this administration. God knows why Netanyahu has hitched his post to him. Possibly it is true that “birds of a feather flock together.” But regardless, Israelis should not associate themselves with such a person. To date, almost 100,000 Americans have died directly as a result of Trump’s inaction and corrupt behavior during the COVID-19 response and it is believed that Israelis became infected due to exposure to traveling Americans. Now do you see how corruption kills?

People like to say that what are actually on trial are not the specific acts of any one individual, but rather; whether or not that person is able to get a fair hearing in the middle of a public outcry by powerful individuals on both sides of political leadership. What people must remember is that the rule of law is at stake and to lose it will mean that there is a downward spiral in that country’s soul. To restore fairness, the rule of law and stability, trials must be held. Wrongdoing must be punished, just as the innocent must be heard, given a chance to clear their names and freed.

What most people fail to realize that there is a massive cost to getting away with crimes. A nation that constantly engages in fraudulent behavior, whether it is taking bribes or graft in order to pursue a particular agenda, becomes widely seen as a govern-less nation with whom no other nation will want to do business. It is rather like someone with a bad credit rating who cannot get a prime loan and a great interest rate; but instead, has to rely upon less reputable means in order to achieve their goals. That costs much more money in the long term. What is particularly vexing about these kinds of financial dealings is that they escalate. They lead to bad decision-making at the highest levels and self-dealing that harms the public at large. And then they make whoever is engaged in illicit behavior under an obligation to whosoever assists them. And this is dangerous on so many levels. Wars have begun over less.

The very act of being caught engaging in illegal activity shows that the legal system is working as it was designed to do. To try to circumvent it with fancy legal maneuvers will simply appear to be desperate acts by presumably guilty parties. This will not bode well at a public trial. For a powerful politician or leader to rely on obfuscation and behavior seen by gangsters at corruption trials and then bemoan the fact that they are not being given a “fair trial” misses the point. To NOT hold someone accountable would be the unfair thing. Innocence or guilt aside, the fact that a trial of a powerful leader is being held at all shows there is hope for the legal system.

As a former officer of the Federal courts, I would be remiss if I did not state that people who demand trials want to clear their names. They are almost universally innocent. And those who refuse to acknowledge the legal authority of any court to sit in judgment upon them are usually guilty as charged.

About the Author
Rachel Grenadier was an olah from the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2003 who returned to the United States in 2015. She really wanted to stay in Israel, but decided that having family members nearby was better for her health than a bunch of devoted, but crazed, Israeli friends who kept telling her hummous would cure her terminal heart condition. She has her B.A. and M.A. from George Mason University in Virginia and is the author of two books: the autobiographical "Israeli Men and Other Disasters" and "Kishon: The Story of Israel's Naval Commandoes and their Fight for Justice". She is now living in Virginia with her three Israeli psychologically-challenged cats and yet, denies being a "hoarder".
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