בנימין נתניהו ומנסור עבאס
Joint List MK Mansour Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Photo: Elad Gershgorn, Reuters
Joint List MK Mansour Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu is not the man teach us morals

Opinion: The prime minister has ingrained into the political system the notion that one should never engage the predominantly Arab Joint List faction, but was quick to flip-flop on the issue once it became expedient for his interests

Amichai Attali |
Published: 11.20.20 , 14:07
Never in the entire history of the universe was there a more cynical and hypocritical person than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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  • The man who ingrained into the political system - and in fact into the consciousness of all the citizens of Israel - the notion that under no circumstance should you do business with the predominately Arab Joint List party.
    בנימין נתניהו ומנסור עבאסבנימין נתניהו ומנסור עבאס
    Joint List MK Mansour Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    (Photo: Elad Gershgorn, Reuters)
    The man who led considerable sections of the Zionist left not daring to accept the support of the Joint List, not even in a single vote.
    But little by little, it turns out that the "unbelievable" is also the most anticipated thing in the world: Netanyahu himself is doing business with the party's Islamic faction.
    Netanyahu attends Knesset's Special Committee on Eradicating Crime in Arab Society to honor its chairman MK Mansour Abbas, and if you were wondering why were fines for illegal construction of residential homes were suddenly frozen, pay attention to the astounding fact that every single Joint List lawmaker want this law repealed.
    The Bedouin sector is the forerunner when as it pertains to illegal construction, so the following is also unbelievable:
    In 2010, the days before the establishment of the Joint List, a study published by Ben-Gurion University analyzed the voting patterns of the Bedouin in the Negev.
    רהט היישוב הבדואי שבנגברהט היישוב הבדואי שבנגב
    Bedouin settlement in the Negev
    (Photo: Roee Idan)
    Mansour's Ra'am faction - Netanyahu's new overlord – was winning there at North Korea-like levels, with nearly three-quarters of the Bedouin in the Negev voting for it.
    The premier acts like a conservative preacher, beating morals into the entire universe, but does not hold himself to the same standard.
    Netanyahu cares only about Netanyahu, and every moral or political stance is just a tool in his hands.
    He may enact a law to offset salaries of terrorists from the Palestinian Authority during a wave of terrorist attacks, but when the public focus shifts to coronavirus, be sure he'll transfer those salaries.
    One day you have to be careful because the sword is on our necks and the Arabs are flocking to the polls, but after a few days, in a blink of an eye, he will use them to serve his interests.
    בנימין נתניהו מודיע על השלמת ההסכם לרכישת החיסונים מפייזרבנימין נתניהו מודיע על השלמת ההסכם לרכישת החיסונים מפייזר
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    (Photo: GPO)
    The rumors about where the deal between Netanyahu and the Ra'am faction is heading to will make your hair stand on end.
    It is important to stress that these are just rumors, but they include lowering the electoral threshold with Ra'am breaking off from the Joint List and running independently. Netanyahu will then use the party's votes to pass a law to stop his corruption trial.
    One of Netanyahu's minions, religious Likud MK Shlomo Karhi, has already submitted a bill to lower the electoral threshold.
    The ultra-Orthodox care about morality as much as my great-great-great grandmother cares about the peace agreement with Sudan. So what is it to them if there is a law to absolve someone whose corruption trial is already underway?
    They will give Netanyahu whatever he wants to protect himself from prison and he in return will protect them from the police and also ensure that there is no increase in fines for violations of coronavirus rules.
    נתניהו באולם בית המשפטנתניהו באולם בית המשפט
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his attorneys in court earlier this year
    (Photo: Amit Shabi)
    This merry group will be joined by the Ra'am party, which was founded by the southern faction of the Islamic Movement, and then perhaps (baruch Hashem and inshallah) they will get the coveted 61-Knesset seat majority.
    The Bedouin will build freely, the ultra-Orthodox will violate regulations at a bargain price, and Netanyahu will cling to his position for another day.
    The only conclusion to be drawn from this is that as long as it works for him, Netanyahu will continue lecturing us on what is legitimate and what is not.
    But just as one should not take lessons on construction regulations from Mansour Abbas or on how to beat coronavirus from United Torah Judaism MK Moshe Gafni, one should never take lessons on morality from Benjamin Netanyahu.
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