Wednesday, March 6, 2019

A secure and prosperous future Israel, requires a responsible Israeli leadership - by Daniel Krygier

The “Just not Bibi” campaign endangers the future of the Jewish state by replacing responsible leadership with empty slogans detached from reality.

Daniel Krygier..
05 March '19..

Being Israel’s Prime Minister is arguably one of the toughest jobs in the world. It requires constant involvement with Israel’s complex and formidable challenges ranging from diplomacy to security and economy. For the past decade, as the vilified leader of the world’s most vilified country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has captained the Jewish state through stormy waters and towards safer heavens of security, prosperity and diplomatic ties.

If angels ever existed, they never joined the world of politics, where the boundary between the national interest and personal ambition is often blurry. However, there is something disturbingly familiar about the “Just not Bibi” campaign that paved its way for the Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s announcement to indict Netanyahu – a mere 40 days before Israel’s national elections.

Just like Israel, Netanyahu is increasingly subjected to hostile double standards.

Netanyahu has been slammed for his ties to billionaire Arnon Milchan. Over the years, Milchan befriended many leading Israeli politicians, including Shimon Peres, Ariel Sharon, Tzipi Livni and Netanyahu’s current political rival, Yair Lapid. Milchan even discussed his request to get an extension of existing tax breaks for new immigrants and returning Israelis with Lapid, who initially supported it. Though, unlike Netanyahu, Lapid is not facing any charges.

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