Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Netanyahu Must Stay the Course

It can't be easy being Israeli Prime Minister Binyanmin Netanyahu, or Bibi, as many Israelis including myself like to call him.  Nowadays, it seems like Bibi is everyone's favourite whipping boy.  But even with all the hatred directed towards him, the worst thing that Netanyahu can do now is cave in to it.  And if I know anything about the man, he is not one to cave in, whether the pressure to do so comes from at home or abroad.  He is a straight talker that pulls no punches and tells it like it is.  So if all you Bibi-haters want to accuse him of being a fear-monger or a harbinger of doom and gloom, then go right ahead, because it's not going to stop him from telling everyone what reality is and what it will be if leaders make the wrong decisions.

Many of the latest salvos against Prime Minister Netanyahu have to do with his plans to address the American Congress in the coming weeks.  Yes, everybody's upset because Bibi seems to be thumbing his nose at the world's best Neville Chamberlain impersonator, namely U.S. President Barack Obama.  The fact of the matter is that Bibi has tried again and again to convince Obama that playing nice with dictators and terrorists just doesn't work.  But unfortunately, the American President still refuses to heed the wise words of the Israeli Prime Minister and continues to live in a dream world where evil does not exist.  Personally, I think Obama is no more than a preacher on one of those Sunday televangelist shows.  Do you know what I and many other people do whenever we see one of these preachers on our TV screens?  We change the channel so we don't have to hear any more of their BS - and this is exactly how Prime Minister Netanyahu deals with President Obama.  He just tunes him out.  He also knows that there are plenty of other politicians in Washington who are more in touch with reality and who are willing to listen to what he has to say, hence his decision to address the Congress.  So why waste time trying to placate a preacher who pretends to be a president?

If I had the opportunity to tell Prime Minister Netanyahu how I think he should proceed during these difficult times, I would say the following: Mr. Prime Minister, many people don't like what you say or do, but history will prove you were right.  Stay the course.

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