Opinion  Ben-Dror Yemini
The rise and decline of Benjamin Netanyahu
Ben-Dror Yemini
Published: 08.08.17, 22:32
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1. Ben-Dror, Netanyahu is not exactly a hedonist
C   (08.08.17)
he likes good cigars and maybe champagne. maybe he likes good food.
but he does not spend exorbitant sums on anything.
the prime minister of israel does not receive an exorbitant
compensation, far from it.
sure, shamir and begin were more modest.
but compare him to peres, sho spent a huge sum on his
nintieth birthday party where bill clinton was paid
fifve hundred thousand dollars for a speech.

netanyahu, as you have acknowledged, is a brilliant man,
and a very accomplished leader. israel is very lucky
to have him at this exceptionally dangerous time in
her existence.
netanyahu might not be perfect, he likes the good things
in life, but he is by far the most talented leader israel has.
the attempt by the left and by the media to topple him
is a disgrace from which the country might not recover.
2. Israel needs a new leader
Mark Jeffery Koch ,   Mount Laurel, NJ USA   (08.09.17)
The people of Israel need a leader who puts their needs first, not his. The people of Israel need a leader who is not obsessed with remaining in power forever. The people of Israel need a leader who has courage, wisdom, and integrity. The people of Israel need a leader who cares more about their well being than his. The people of Israel need a leader who cares more about doing what is best for his people, and not what the latest opinion polls may say. The people of Israel clearly do not have such a leader now. David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Yitzchak Rabin, and Menachem Begin must be looking down from heaven weeping at what they see.
3. If Bibi falls now, it will only strengthen the patriotic,
rightist camp in Israel and not a moment too soon.
We will take our sweet revenge over the Undead Left at the
voting booth, not some court room.
4. The "Fall" has yet to materialize and believe me: it won't!
earl   (08.09.17)
the evidence in bibi cases has not led to a conviction so hold your horses ben dror. herzog and gabbay's ideas stink to high heaven as an alternative.

bibi put in his time and was better than olmert and livni which is not saying much. however, he was weak, vacillated. i have strong doubts about his military skills- i don't think he has much of any of it. he acts like herzog.
6. "The rise and decline of Benjamin Netanyahu"
tiki ,   belgium   (08.09.17)
Mr. Yemini, your eulogy is premature, out of place and 'proves bad taste.
7. "You cannot keep a good man down" Mr. Yemini.
8. Wishful Thinking
Yosef Goldberg ,   Gush Etzion   (08.10.17)
Options for Bibi's departure. Resignation-highly unlikely. Rejection by Likkud whom he has lead to victory in previous elections-suicidal. Result of media campaign-dangerous to Israeli democracy. Result of police probe and indictment-up in the air. Conclusion-wishful thinking!
9. Yes, but...
Shalom ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (08.10.17)
1. Yemini concedes, correctly, that Netanyahu has done great things for Israel even at the risk of unpopularity. 2. Yemini more or less admits that the current police investigations have failed to find enough evidence to convict, despite months of interrogations and the selected leaks that fueled hatred against Netanyahu. 3. Yemini notes, again correctly, that today Netanyahu is afraid to make unpopular decisions and to stand up to pressure from his coalition partners. (Netanyahu's call to pardon Elor Azaria is a distressing example.) 4. What Yemini fails to observe, however, is that item 3 is a necessary result of items 1 and 2. Because TV and the press loudly trumpet the allegations against Netanyahu, instead of emphasizing that the police have failed to substantiate the charges (even with Harow's evidence), Netanyahu simply cannot afford to offend any part of his support base. So if Yemini wants Netanyahu 2 to revert to Netanyahu 1, he must convince his fellow journalists to treat Netanyahu as fairly as he does himself. Otherwise, Yemini will just have to wait until the police exhaust themselves and abandon the investigations (maybe after another decade, to judge from how long it took the police to stop pursuing Liberman).
10. Bibi (and Sarahle) are the greatest.May they both long live
Alan ,   SA   (08.12.17)
to lead Israel.
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