May 24, 2019

Don't Blame All Israel's Troubles on Bibi

“The recommendation of Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to file an indictment against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery has provoked both support and criticism in political systems here in Israel and around the world.

To be honest, I have never voted for Netanyahu, and I doubt that I would have done so in the coming elections. My decision is not because I think he is a bad prime minister. On the contrary, he was a pretty good one. As others have asserted, under Netanyahu, Israel’s economy prospered, its diplomatic horizons expanded, its borders were protected, and its enemies were humiliated. Without giving irreversible concessions to the Palestinians, Netanyahu won a strong shoulder from the American administration under President Trump on both the Iranian nuclear issue and the transfer of the American Embassy to Jerusalem.

Yet the fact that Netanyahu refrains from making strategic decisions for the State of Israel that will ensure its future as a Jewish and democratic state, and has not served as a national figure – one that unites all parts of the Israeli people – prevents me from supporting him and his party. Most importantly, I truly argue that a prime minister should not serve more than two terms in office. Otherwise, he becomes addicted to power and thinks only about his personal survival.”

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