Opinion

Run, Ehud, Run

Ehud Barak, you must get up to take the position as head of a camp including all the fair politicians in Israel at the moment. Start the second revolution.

Ehud Barak

Come on, Ehud Barak. Get up, roll up your sleeves. Leave Twitter alone for a moment. This is the time. The opposition in Israel needs a leader. That leader is you.

And the opposition should understand that. Even if the Yesh Atid party head would prefer to go to some desert island rather than permit you to take a courageous leap in leading a major political move.

Israelis are telling the pollsters that they would prefer to vote for a party in the political center and also say they don’t like you. Whether that’s because you engaged in the Camp David negotiations and declared that there was no partner for peace negotiations, or because in the opinion of others you made the mistaken pursuit of the negotiations possible, taken together, they all face a hopeless situation.

But in any event, you have to get up and take action. Someone has to activate the system that will save this democracy. After all, you hinted, and were even more explicit, that you know what highly serious suspicions are hanging over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s head. You said it, and now it’s time to act.

Netanyahu has become a tyrant, a despot. Following the last Knesset elections in 2015, he formed an extremist-rightist coalition government. But not all right-wing Israelis, or those who voted for the Likud party, are extremists or deny the principle of equality before the law. There are honest and fair people. There are Israelis who seek equality and peace and justice.

Something can be done. And you, Ehud Barak, who had one opportunity to bring about change but failed, can now rise to the challenge. The leadership vacuum that has been created in the country makes it possible to put a halt to the course of the ship of state as it heads straight for the iceberg, steering it in another direction. Something can be done.

The country’s judicial system will from now on face one of its most important tests in his history, under a justice minister, Ayelet Shaked, of a party whose major goal is to legalize settlement activity in the West Bank. But is this party, its supporters and its leader interested in a prime minister whose personal lawyer represents people with businesses interests involving trade in billions of dollars of military hardware sold to Israel?

Is land more important to them than freedom? Are there no fair people among those in Netanyahu’s coalition? Is there only petty politics in this country? Those with a clear interest to maintain Netanyahu in power are forgiving when it comes to his imperial customs. But his dangerous decision-making process is dangerous to them too. If there is democracy in Israel, it should eject Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu is in the decadent phase of his rule. Israelis, including those who swear by him, tell pollsters that he has no replacement, but he is neither a distinguished statesman nor a distinguished person. Are all Israelis prepared to stake their security, economic future and, yes, even their lives with a man who in the most flagrant manner lives the cliché “l’état c’est moi,” I am the state?

And during such a time, Ehud Barak, you must get up to take the position as head of a camp including all the fair politicians in Israel at the moment – the splintered, bickering and petty party heads. Form a shadow government. Start the second revolution. Offer your talents to the public in a practical manner. Protect the police and prosecution’s work when it comes to Netanyahu. The day that the prime minister is forced to vacate his office is approaching.

Ehud Barak, the time is now.