Netanyahu’s Treachery and Self-Incrimination
Posted by Glezele Vayne on August 31, 2010
By Dr. Paul Eidelberg
On August 31, 2010, at 8:12 PM Israeli time, it was reported that a passing vehicle fired on an Israeli car, killing 2 men and 2 women (one pregnant) on Route 60 in the Hebron Hills near the ancient holy Jewish city of Hebron. Nevertheless, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu persists in meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of these murderers, in Washington, D.C. The murderous charade goes on.
Mr. Netanyahu boasted on various occasions after the May 1996 elections that that no one expected him to (1) accept the Oslo Accords as a basis for the “peace process”; meet with Yasser Arafat; and (3) withdraw from Hebron. Ponder the significance of this remarkable statement or confession. This self-incriminating statement reveals his autocratic as well as arrogant character. For if no one, in his own words, expected him to take the three steps mentioned above, it then follows that Mt. Netanyahu betrayed those who elected him Israel’s Prime Minister!
That he could boast before the nation about his utterly unexpected adherence to the Oslo Accords reveals his contempt for public opinion. The moral obtuseness underlying his arrogant statement that no one expected him to genuflect to Oslo—hence, to become Yasser Arafat’s lackey—is symptomatic of Israel’s undemocratic political culture.
But what is more, Mr Netanyahu pulled the same sort political deception in the February 2009 election. During the campaign for that election he said nothing about his stand on the “two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; in other words, he was mum about his position regarding a Palestinian state. He knew very well that had he candidly supported Palestinian statehood, he would lose a decisively significant percentage of votes from the nationalist camp. (Bear in mind that his Likud Party won 27 seats to Kadima’s 28.)
It is in this light that we are to understand his momentous speech of June 14, 2009 at Bar-Ilan University, where, without prior cabinet or Knesset debate or public discussion, he unilaterally supported the establishment of a Palestinian state on Israel’s heartland, Judea and Samaria. That he again displayed contempt for public opinion was confirmed by a poll commissioned by IMRA (Independent Media Review and Analysis) in August 2009.
The poll found strong disagreement to Netanyahu’s recent decisions among those who voted for Netanyahu’s Likud party in the most recent election. Seventy percent of Likud voters said they opposed plans to freeze Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria and parts of Jerusalem, while 73 percent said the government should grant authorization to so-called “illegal outposts” instead of seeking to demolish them. This clearly implies that the public overwhelming opposes a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria,
Pollsters also discovered that despite overwhelming media criticism of Minister Moshe Yaalon, who termed the Peace Now group “a virus,” the public tends to agree with Yaalon’s remarks. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed expressed agreement with Yaalon, and said that Peace Now has caused significant damage to the state of Israel. Only 28 percent of those surveyed did not agree that Peace Now has harmed the state.
Returning to Netanyahu, he is a disgrace to the nation, and there are no constitutional means of removing him from office. This is the humiliating consequence of living in the pseudo-democratic state of Israel, whose ruling elites—across the political spectrum—have a vested interest in leaving in its present form despite its demonstrable ineptitude and corruption.
Cross-posted at Avid Editor’s Insights