Robbie Michaelson
Neither Right Nor Left - Just Passionate

While Rome burned — Cicero fiddled

Leadership is what Israel desperately needs at which, as of 20:00 hours on this Shabbat of 250 rockets on our country and counting – has been sorely missing.

Perhaps we should not been surprised; after all Netanyahu was again narrowly re-elected Prime Minister despite numerous serious negatives. Need we repeat that he is currently under indictment on several charges that are far more serious than cigars and champagne; that he is currently both the Defence Minister and the Prime Minister; that the crisis on our southern border has been going on for well over a year. That didn’t stop enough people in Israel from voting in “Bibi” again – like he really is their friend and really cares for the “average” Israeli.

So why should we be surprised? We should not, and neither should the citizens in Ashkelon and Ashdod, Kiryat Gat and Beit Shemesh, and, of course, the communities in the south. And more is likely coming our way. Tel Aviv, Dimona, Ben Gurion Airport, the Eurovision venue – they are all prime targets while Netanyahu hunkers down in the “Kirya” to meet with the Zahal Commanders – again. And then he sends out an IDF spokesperson to speak to the press. How about our Prime Minister speaking to the country? Are not 250 rockets fired on our country and our civilians not important enough?

Tomorrow the Cabinet will be convened to discuss the “crisis”. I guess their motzi-shabbat could not be disturbed. Naftali Bennett will be attending (no new cabinet as no new coalition yet). That should be a hoot! So the Defence Minister who is the Prime Minister is looking for some kind of validation for his weak self-serving non-policy with regard to the terrorism that has been threatening our country from the hellhole that is Gaza.

Were Cicero to be Cesar (or Rabin, Sharon or even Olmert) this is what a leader would do.  A leader would recognise that securing the security of his country is always the first priority. A leader would not have allowed the terrorism from Gaza to go on without end for all of his 10 plus years in power. A leader would never pay  “blackmail” to keep the quiet. A leader would never talk to terrorists, period. A leader would have a plan how to end the terror on our citizens emanating from any of our borders. A leader would address his nation and tell them the hard truth – that the only way to end this crisis is to send in the ground troops and topple the terrorists who occupy Gaza. And yes, there will be casualties. And yes, we will have to deal with “tomorrow”. But a leader would tell his people that we cannot allow our country to be held hostage today because we are uncertain about tomorrow.

That is what a leader would do. And that is what Netanyahu is not!





About the Author
First came to Israel as a volunteer after the Six Day War. Made Aliyah in 1972, served in the IDF, stayed in Israel for 4 years. Returned again to live permanently in Israel in 2017. Am widely traveled & strong supporter of Zionism. Have an M.A. in International Relations from McGill University.