And yet, the news of the rise in the state-controlled price of bread was translated into a harsh indictment against Netanyahu. The social protest and the PR people of the poor released the usual angry statements accusing the prime minister of abusing the weak. Despite the fact that bakery owners revealed that they had demanded a much higher increase in the cost of bread, to avoid bankruptcy, the wave of condemnations created the impression of a cruel government that is ignoring the people's concerns. Only because of the summer vacation were we spared an 'Eretz Nehederet' skit comparing Sara Netanyahu to Marie Antoinette: If there is no bread, let them eat cake.
Dear friends and protesters, this is not serious. The economic discourse must be based on facts. If the prime minister is automatically guilty of a price hike that is a consequence of a force majeure situation, and every economic plan is described as a "list of decrees" – then the criticism cannot be taken seriously anymore. The Pavlovian attacks on Netanyahu are turning political discussions in Israel into boxing matches. There are no explanations, only punches.
When Meir Sheetrit or Amir Peretz go on the air to respond to the tax increase or price hikes, the listeners know exactly what they are going to say, which will never be, "In this case, Bibi is right."