It's High Time for
Corrupt Netanyahu to Be Thrown Out
By Uri Avnery
August 15, 2017
Anyone But Bibi Netanyahu
THE VULTURES are
circling. They can see the wounded man on the ground, and are waiting
for his end.
So are the human carnivores the politicians.
They sing his praises, swear to defend him with all their heart but in
their heads they are already calculating who might be his successor.
Each of them mutters to themself: Why not me?
Binyamin Netanyahu is facing the
greatest crisis in his long career. The police are about
to conclude their investigations. The Attorney General is under huge
pressure to issue official indictments. The large demonstrations near
the Attorney General's home are growing from week to week.
Attorney General, the Inspector General of the Police and the Minister
for Internal Security were all personally picked by Netanyahu (and his
wife). Now even this does not help. The pressure is too strong.
The investigations may drag on for another few months, but the end seems
certain: State of Israel v. Binyamin Netanyahu will go to court.
WHEN A member of the government is indicted for a felony, they usually
resign, or at least take leave of absence. Not Netanyahu. No sir!
If he resigned, who would guard Israel and save it from the numerous
dreadful dangers threatening the state from all sides? The Iranians are
promising our extinction, the Arabs all around want to kill us, the
leftists and other traitors threaten the state from within. How can we
survive without Bibi? The danger is too awful to contemplate!
Netanyahu seems to believe this himself. He, his wife and his eldest son
behave like a royal family. They buy without paying, travel as guests of
others, receive expensive gifts as a matter of course.
humor accompanies all these transgressions. The police has entered this
spirit and decorated his files with many zeros.
concerns the gifts. The Netanyahus are surrounded by a crowd of
billionaires, who compete with each other in presenting gifts. Many
jokes were made about the expensive cigars and pink champagne given to
the family until it transpired that their value amounts to tens of
thousands of dollars. And the donors expect something in return
from the donees.
File 2000 concerns a peculiar matter.
("Latest News") was Israels largest daily newspaper, until Israel Hayom
("Israel Today") appeared a paper distributed for nothing. It was
founded by Sheldon Adelson,
an admirer of Netanyahu and the owner
of huge casinos in Las Vegas and Macao. It is devoted to
the single task of glorifying King Bibi.
In a recorded private conversation, Netanyahu offered Noni Moses, the
owner of Yedioth, a deal: Israel Today would reduce its size and
circulation if Yedioth started to glorify Bibi. Legally, this may amount
And then there is File 3000, deep beneath the sea.
shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp (two names well remembered as Hitler's weapons
suppliers) builds our submarines.
Three, six, nine. The sky or the sea is the limit.
we need submarines for? Not to sink enemy fleets. Our enemies, such as
they are, have no powerful fleets. But they may obtain nuclear missiles.
Israel is a very small territory, and a nuclear bomb or two could
destroy it. But no one will dream of doing so if they know that out
there lurk submarines, which will respond
with nuclear missiles within minutes.
The German shipyard, with the support of the German government, sells
the submarines to the Israeli navy. No middlemen needed. But
there are middlemen who put millions
in their pockets. How many pockets? Ah, there we are.
Quite a number of pockets, and all these pockets belong to people very
close to the Prime Minister.
Perverted minds may imagine that
tens of millions have reached the PM himself, perish the thought.
This week, a prestigious TV program aired an investigation, and the
picture was shocking. The entire military and civilian environment seems
to be infected by corruption, as in a failed African state.
ONE OF the few lessons I have learned in my life is that nobody reaches
the top of any profession if they are not devoted to it absolutely,
To get stinking
rich, you must love stinking money. Not the things money
can buy, but money itself. Like the miser of Moliere, who sits all day
and counts his riches. If you also want something else, love or glory,
you will not get to be a multi-multi-billionaire.
Don Juan did
not care for anything but women. Not love. Just women, more and more of
David Ben-Gurion wanted power. Not the pleasures of power.
Not cigars. Not champagne. Not several villas. Just power. Everything
else, like his Bible club and his reading Don Quixote in Spanish, was
just pretense. He wanted power and held on to it as long as he could.
(In the end, when he surrounded himself with a praetorian guard of
youngsters like Moshe Dayan and Shimon Peres, his colleagues ganged up
on him and kicked him out, with some help from me.)
who wants political power, but also the amenities of life, several
villas and a lot of money will not really reach the very top. Netanyahu
is a good example.
He is no exception. His predecessor is in
prison, and so are several former ministers. A former President of the
State was just released from prison (for sexual offenses).
Netanyahu grew up in a family which was not affluent. So did Ehud Olmert.
So did Ehud Barak. So did Moshe Dayan. They all loved money too much.
Sarah Netanyahu, the Prime Minister's wife, is also about to be
indicted. She is accused of paying for her extensive private needs with
government funds. She is not widely appreciated. Everybody calls her
Sarah'le ("Little Sarah"), but not from love. She also grew up in
straitened circumstances and was a low-grade air stewardess when she met
Bibi in a duty-free shop.
I was lucky. Until my tenth birthday,
my family was quite rich. When we fled to Palestine, we soon became as
poor as synagogue-mice, but much happier.)
ANOTHER LESSON: no one in power
should stay there for more than eight years.
People in power attract flatterers.
Every day, year after year, they are told that they are just wonderful.
So wise, so clever, so handsome. Slowly they become convinced
themselves. After all, so many good people can't be wrong.
critical senses become blunted. They get used to being obeyed even by
people who know better. They become immune to criticism, and even get
angry when criticized.
After the 12 year tenure of Franklin
Delano Roosevelt, a wise and successful president, the American people
changed their constitution and limited the terms of the president to
two, altogether eight consecutive years. Very sensible.
from experience. I was elected to the Knesset three times. I very much
enjoyed the first two terms eight consecutive years because I felt
that I was doing the right things in the right way. During my third term
I felt that I was less keen, less innovative, less original. So I
Netanyahu is now
in his fourth term. High time for him to be thrown out.
THE BIBLE enjoins us: "Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth and
let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth" (Proverbs 24, 17). I do
not rejoice, but I shall be very glad if he goes.
I do not hate
him. Neither do I like him. I don't think that I have spoken with him on
more than two or three occasions in my whole life. Once when he
introduced me to his second not last - wife, a nice young American
woman, and once when he saw my picture in a photo exhibition, wearing a
pilot's cap. He told me that I looked like Errol Flynn.
attitude towards him is not based on emotion. It is purely political. He
is a talented politician, a clever
demagogue. But I believe that he is leading Israel slowly but surely
towards a historic disaster.
that he is devoid of principles,
that he will do anything just anything to stay in power. That is
true. But underneath everything there hide some ironclad convictions
the weltanschauung of his late father, the history professor, whose
special field was the Spanish inquisition. Father Benzion Netanyahu was
an embittered man, convinced that his colleagues despised him and
blocked his career because of his extreme right-wing views. He was a
fanatic, for whom even Vladimir Jabotinsky was far too moderate.
The father admired his elder son, Yoni, an army officer who was killed
in the famous Entebbe raid, and did not respect Bibi very much. He once
said that Bibi was not fit to be prime minister, but could make a good
foreign minister a very shrewd observation.
Netanyahu falls, which seems possible, who will replace him?
Like every clever (and unsure) leader, Bibi has destroyed every likely
rival along the way. Now there is no obvious heir around.
people are now repeating a slogan: "Anyone, Just Not Bibi!"
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