Opinion

Netanyahu Knows Well, Those Who Humiliate Will Be Humiliated

Netanyahu at the Ramat Gan press conference in which he declared intent to apply Israeli sovereignty on parts of the West Bank, September 10, 2019.
Tomer Appelbaum

After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applied Israeli law and sovereignty to Gush Etzion and Ma’aleh Adumim (including the corridors connecting them to Jerusalem), this week he appeared on the eve of the election and promised to apply it to the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea regions, too.

The entire world grew nervous. After all, for Netanyahu – as he has proved throughout his many years in power – his word is sacred and a promise is a promise.

Tuesday will be remembered in Israel’s history as the day in which some of the people – for quite a few hours – became stressed, some were even anxious. In the end, upon hearing the “dramatic announcement,” this stress was not replaced by a sigh of relief but a response of anger and insult.

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Netanyahu had humiliated his colleagues, including his cabinet ministers, who were forced to abandon their work and gather at Kfar Hamaccabiah and wait a long time, while tense and lacking information, for him to spin his insulting scam.

Everyone was uncomfortable. Why was he creating such a big deal?

For what purpose did he deceive Central Elections Committee head Justice Hanan Melcer by saying it was an important official – and not political – announcement?

After all, his regular, captive audience does not need the “dramatic” trick to vote for Likud.

Was it to attract voters to the right of Likud? He knows very well that he can never convince those called the “ideological right” to vote for him: They don’t believe a word that comes out of his mouth.

Members of the ideological right do not forget and do not forgive Netanyahu for giving up sovereignty over Hebron, the city of the patriarchs, to the Arabs. His vote in favor of uprooting Gush Katif will endure forever as a remembrance of his sin.

The same goes for his Bar-Ilan speech on a Palestinian state.

His abundance of promises – along the lines of annexing the Jordan Valley – that Netanyahu never intended on keeping, are inscribed in the memories of the “Loyalists of the Greater Land of Israel.”

On Tuesday, during his speech, a list of dozens of such promises spread across social media.

Avigdor Lieberman is remembered mostly for his promise to see to a targeted assassination of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, Netanyahu is remembered for the many, many times in which he promised annexation and massive construction in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem, to eradicate terrorism, never to free terrorists in return for captives – and of course his promise to use the permission granted by the High Court of Justice to evacuate Khan al-Ahmar.

Netanyahu is the prime minister of Israel. It is not just his own personal honor he is now denigrating, he is also trampling the honor of his office and the nation’s honor. The prime minister of Israel is humiliating the dignity of prime ministership of Israel, and those who followed him like sheep to humiliation were the very same senior Likud officials who repeated, even after he publicly humiliated them, the false promises concerning the soon to come annexation of the Jordan Valley and putting an end to the iniquities of Hamas.

Netanyahu blames his political rivals with besmirching his honor after he was led off to a shelter in Ashdod. This is partially true. But he brought the major part of this humiliation on himself. If he would have taken action, as he has promised dozens of times, to stop the firing of rockets at the south, there would have been no need to invest billions in building walls on top of fences, in constructing fortifications – as if we and not Gaza were under blockade. If only he would have acted according to what he has promised about eradicating terror, then today rockets would not be found in the Gaza Strip, and they would not have operators who inflict constant destruction, death and fear on the residents of the south – and who damage the honor of the prime minister of Israel, and stemming from that – the honor of the State of Israel.