During the evening news recently, a piece about thugs in the United States harassing elderly Chinese Americans included a clip of Donald Trump speaking.
The former president, the man we’d seen on practically every news program for the last several years, has almost disappeared from view since his successor took office.
Trump’s so-called colorful persona, which had been a regular feature on our screens, felt so jarring after just a few weeks’ absence; his diction and facial expressions, the racial innuendo and insinuations, the toupee, the lies and manipulations and, above all, the hateful and divisive discourse.
These qualities, though always vulgar, became far more apparent after just a short break. The things we’d grown accustomed to when we were exposed to them on a daily basis for four years assumed their true absurd and grotesque proportions.
I couldn’t help thinking about our prime minister, the criminal defendant from Balfour Street, about his diction, his lies, his reckless and malicious son and his wife, and the hatred and division that he has sown. I mainly thought about his endless lies, always adapted to the circumstances and needs and goals he sets for himself, trying to convince us that we either didn’t misunderstood, misremembered, or couldn't see the whole picture.
We got used to all of this; to the insanity and vulgarity, and sense of entitlement, inspired by the world’s wealthiest people seemed enitrely reasonable and legitimate. And we especially got used to the lies.
Just like his friend, the former president of the world’s greatest superpower, our prime minister was arrogant enough to believe that it was acceptable for him to make unliateral economic and diplomatic decisions for the country without consulting his cabinet or the knesset. He behaved as if this was his own private domain and not the country he was elected to safeguard.
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The disrespect he showed to any interviewer or journalist who dared to insist on some accountability was reminiscent of his buddy in Washington and model for leadership and personal conduct. They share the same moral corruption and egomania.
Even though his image is practically etched into our minds by now, after watching Trump, I realized that when Netanyahu finally departs from our lives and we recover from his mad rule, after just a short time, perhaps just a few weeks, when we see a clip of some interview or press conference, we’ll be bewildered.
Bewildered as to how we let him rule us and our country for so long. We won’t understand how we kept quiet, how we gave in, how we went along with it. We’ll be appalled at ourselves, but we’ll also be happy. Happy that this is now behind us, that we’re no longer in this bizarre and corrosive situation that went on for so many years. We’ll take a deep breath, change the channel and relax at last.