Israel’s alleged right-wing prime minister
Op-ed: Netanyahu’s associates are accusing the State Attorney’s Office, the legal system and the Israel Police of ‘joining forces to bring down the right-wing government.’ But in the 10 years Netanyahu has been in power, there has hardly been any implementation of a right-wing policy.
The prime minister of the Right? Now’s your time. You have at least a few more months in office. Let’s see you implement a right-wing policy: revoke the citizenship of terrorists with an Israeli identity card, stop the construction freeze in Jerusalem, allow Jews to visit the Temple Mount in masses, push for the appointment of conservative judges. Show us what you’ve got.
There is definitely a tough competition going on these days between the prime minister’s associates over who will produce the lousiest argument. We’ve already gotten used to the herd of Netanyahu sycophants (blaming the media for everything that’s wrong in the world. But the voices we heard in the past weekend, which claimed that the State Attorney’s Office, the legal system and—most importantly—the Israel Police have all joined forces to bring down the Netanyahu government, are sad evidence of how much they really care about what the admired supreme leader will leave behind after he’s gone.
Public trust in the bodies that are supposed to enforce order and justice here is critical. Netanyahu’s loyalists aren’t interested in that. They don’t care about the scorched earth we’ll all be walking on after he’s gone. After all, the two religious officials—Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh—are extreme leftists who are willing to crush every normal procedure to get rid of the person who appointed them.
These accusations have been joined in the past few days by the following statement: “They have all joined forces to bring down the right-wing government.” Unfortunately, though, in the 10 years Netanyahu has been in power there has hardly been any implementation of a right-wing policy.
The man is definitely brilliant in managing an economic policy, and recently in foreign affairs too, but he’s not the prime minister of the Right. Netanyahu is the man who signed the Hebron agreement, shook hands with Yasser Arafat, initially voted in favor of the disengagement from Gaza, released more than 1,000 terrorists in the Shalit and, only a few days ago, folded in the metal detector affair.
So now’s the time to make the following suggestion to Benjamin Netanyahu: come on, come and be the Right’s prime minister. So far, you’ve specialized in categorizing bodies and people—those who are in favor of the Netanyahu family and those who are against us—and tried to sell it to us as a distinction between rightists and leftists.
Mr. Netanyahu, why don’t you stop whining about the jurists’ rule and lead the appointment of judges who will reflect our political side. Give up your habit of checking if they’ll rule in favor of you and your wife, and bring us judges who will reasonably challenge the standing.
Deal with the terrorists among Israel’s Arabs in a serious manner. Revoke the citizenship of terrorists from Umm al-Fahm, impose real sanctions on relatives who praise them, use a firm hand against 10,000 Israeli citizens who attended the hate-filled funeral of terrorists who murdered policemen at the Temple Mount. Stop talking to us about the death penalty for the terrorist who murdered the Salomon family members in Neve Tzuf. First, present a bill requiring a death penalty, and then launch the spins around it.
Let’s see you stop the construction freeze. We’re not dreaming of Yitzhar and Itamar. Let’s start from Jerusalem. Givat Hamatos and Har Homa will be good place to start.
Give Jews free access to the Temple Mount. The newspaper archives are bursting with your quotes about our historical right to Jerusalem, but in practice, only some of Abraham’s sons can’t visit the place where the sacrifice of Isaac took place.
Start doing some things in that direction. Why even in the event of an indictment, you have at least a few more months as prime minister. The prime minister of the Right, allegedly.