If It Were Up to Netanyahu, Israel Would Have Been Born Privatized

How fortunate we are to finally have a leader of Bibi's stature - his strength is the strength of stones and his flesh is of brass.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has always liked to invoke the high and mighty, just like the bramble of Jotham's Fable, which calls others to cool themselves in its nonexistent shade.

In the past, Netanyahu called upon former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, presenting himself as the latter's loyal successor. Later he dressed up as former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's successor, pledging to pass on the torch which he himself had extinguished.

Netanyahu at Knesset - Fattal - August 1, 2011
Michal Fattal

This week he became a new Prometheus, carrying a fiery torch that he personally brings us straight from Ze'ev Jabotinsky.

At the Knesset Monday, which marked the anniversary of Jabotinsky's death, Netanyahu quoted from the writings of the Revisionist leader. Those particular lines were not easy to find; assistants must have scurried frequently to the library until they dug them up.

Jabotinsky is indeed remembered as the father of the liberal welfare state, but Netanyahu found a few forgotten theses in favor of "the bourgeois rule," which "has in its power not only to bear shocks without intervening, but to include them in its method."

Revisionist theory also has 70 facets, it turns out, and Netanyahu applies the one he prefers.

Netanyahu's remarks in the Knesset reminded me vaguely of something. In 2003, when he was finance minister, he told one of the newspapers that Labor Zionist leader Berl Katznelson and Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, had "made a huge mistake to establish a socialist state, and we have to work for years to extricate ourselves from this erroneous structure."

How fortunate we are to finally have a leader of Bibi's stature - his strength is the strength of stones and his flesh is of brass and it's his job to correct everything the founding fathers did wrong, to drown their work in a sea of verbiage.

Netanyahu's Darwinist speech Monday puts his opposition in their proper place. It's more than the cigar smokers in their fine offices as opposed to the nargila smokers in their tents; more than those who strum the lowest chords versus the guitar-strummers in the evening breeze; it's not only the owners of three luxury apartments as opposed to those who rent one apartment split into three.

Now, it's Berl against Ze'ev, and history is being rewritten. Not only kibbutzim and moshavim build a state; not only pioneer dreamers singing and dancing between bouts of malaria; not road-builders or swamp-drainers, who should have been working for a human resources company - it would have cost less.

If the Dankners and the Ofers had built the state as a for-profit enterprise, it would look much better now.

What a pity that Zionist ideologue A.D. Gordon was steering the boat then, and not Bibi, Eli Yishai and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. If it were up to Netanyahu, the state would have been born privatized, and we would not have had to suffer so many years of socialist hell.