For a politician who has held power a record five times, Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has more experience than many in government.
Born in the days of a vehement struggle for existence, identity, and global recognition, Bibi knew all too well, how much resistance many returning Jews led by Ben Gurion, had put up in 1948, to ensure the survival of a long-dispersed nation.
It is this knowledge–the experience of a 1967 teenage soldier—that has shaped Israel’s survival strategies as deployed by the septuagenarian politician today.
Sadly, peaceful times create weak men. The oceans of passion in history are distilled only in trickles, creating a generation that esteems the suffering of forefathers so lightly. Though surrounded by serious threats to its existence, Israel has known peace for 75 years thanks to tough decisions by strong men. Today there is a growing disaffinity for strong men.
These polar faults in ideology have resulted in thousands trooping to the streets of Jerusalem to vilify Netanyahu.
To them, Bibi is too high-handed. His reforms are too strict. He is hell-bent on transmogrifying Israel into an ultra-nationalist country. Israel has failed to realize that “from the river to the sea, Palestinians will be free” or “Death to Jews” is not a cringy TV commercial. It is an arms-backed ideology set to run eternally restless until the last Jewish head is decapitated.
What is the thudding pulse of a six-day war compared to random blips of a few gun attacks? Apathetic to the growing threats, they subconsciously think: “at least gun violence is not a war, so we are comparatively safe!” Wake up, Israel. Around lies, a thousand enemies, and Bibi is not one.
Netanyahu understands Israel does not have the luxury to grow soft, go woke or dilute its generation-tested morals in retrogressive liberalism. Young Israelis, sadly, do not.
With the protests spilling into the fourth month, LGBT purveyors and pro-Palestinian radical groups are increasingly becoming visible on the ground with their insignia. Netanyahu is the common enemy amongst terrorist apologists, woke liberals, the brainwashed, and everyone who openly professes their hatred for the audacity of the Jews They need him out to infiltrate and contaminate the lone democracy in the Middle East.
Israel must see beyond emotions. It cannot afford to self-implode from within. Netanyahu’s reforms target the excessive overarching authoritarianism of the Judiciary. The goal is not to hand politicians the upper hand as protesters claim but to fix the missing balance of power and progress.
Cut Bibi some slack.