At the beginning of April 1996, Shimon Peres put on his famous military winter coat and started Operation Grapes of Wrath in Lebanon. Forty days later, he suffered a resounding downfall. In contrast to all the forecasts, he was defeated in the election by a young candidate named Benjamin Netanyahu. Ten years later, Ehud Olmert reached the position of prime minister, and as opposed to his predecessor, Ariel Sharon, who was a more experienced military man and more of an adventurer, Olmert decided to bring down Hezbollah in Lebanon after they abducted three Israeli soldiers. A few months later, he found himself isolated, hated, and later lost power after becoming entangled in affairs of corruption.
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A leader with a civilian record doesn’t count in Israel. Without the baptism of fire, he is lame. A civilian record is good for wimps, not for the grandsons of the Maccabees. While a right-wing identity is enough for a right-winger, a man of the center, or of what is known as the Zionist left, needs something else to enter the pantheon of leadership: Palestinian or Lebanese blood, depending on the season.
After Olmert started a war against Lebanon in 2006, a discerning observer noticed that the group of figures gathered around to praise him looked similar to the mafia capos in “The Godfather” pledging allegiance to Michael Corleone after he brutally eliminated his enemies. Today, Bezalel Smotrich blesses Yair Lapid after his bloody baptism: Attack with strength and determination, you have our full support.
But with all the enthusiasm for the performance of the new god, it is still a long road. Let us remember here that his ally in the “change government,” Benny Gantz, began his election campaign with the presentation of the 1,364 Palestinian skulls he harvested in Gaza. For now, Lapid is still treading water at the low end of the first hundred. But Israel has not been forsaken, here is Smotrich, Lapid’s new ally, who has already marked the way to another harvest of Palestinian skulls, and in a second post he wrote, from the special prayer said for the Tisha B’Av fast on Sunday: “For thou, O Lord, didst consume her with fire; and with fire thou wilt in future restore her.” Don’t stop Lapid, leadership in Israel is built on Palestinian skulls.
If in the good old days they would “shoot and cry,” today they shoot and dance. Once the IDF spokesman in Arabic would come out with serious declarations, today there is an officer named Avihai Edrei, who is more of a propagandist whose job is to insult the Arabs’ self-confidence. Is this the face of the Jews who enriched the world for generations in science and philosophy? In Arabic they say “your deer are being replaced with monkeys.” After the era of the giants of Jewish thought – Leibowitz, Freud, Marx and others – here are their heirs: A lethal IDF chief of staff, a defense minister decorated with skulls and a propaganda spokesman.
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Every bloodletting and the curse that comes with it. Peres, Kafr Qana, where over 100 refugees who hid in fear from the IDF were killed, of course “unintentionally,” by Israeli shelling. Olmert, who wanted to take advantage of the final hours before the cease-fire and caused the deaths of another 33 Israeli soldiers – and let’s not talk about the Lebanese victims, who’s counting them? Today, it is Lapid’s turn to suffer from the curse of the 5-year-old girl Ala Qadum, who was killed during the assassination of the Palestinian commander in Gaza. The one who was so frightening and so threatening – so much so that the IDF spokesman forgot his name, if he’d known it a little before.
This is why I want to tell all those esteemed figures busy trading blood for votes that Palestinian blood does not provide votes – it mostly punishes those speculating in it. As things stand today, it seems the Arabs will not be enthusiastic about turning out to vote. And at a time when the right-wing voters will not replace their gods, the Arabs, with the rotten goods at the “Anyone But Bibi” stand, will keep away from the ballot box.
So starting today, we can say: Bye, bye Lapid. Congratulations, Netanyahu