“You’ve lost your mind for some reason and you need to be replaced” — Former Israeli PM Barak on current PM Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu’s days are numbered. There is near unanimity among people that matter from the hawkish right to the left that Benjamin Netanyahu remaining Prime Minister is the biggest national security threat to the state of Israel. For the first time there will be recognition by all PM wannabees that egos must be put aside toward the goal of removing Netanyahu. They will use draconian language to emphasize the threat Netanyahu and the “settlers” pose to the Zionist enterprise and terrify the Israeli center.
And while they may sound like the neocons here warning the country about Trump and Fascism, unlike the neocons in America the people issuing the warnings in Israel are not viewed as if they have their own agenda and shouldn’t be trusted. The Israeli Jewish public won’t be able to ignore the many former close allies of Netanyahu who now insist that one more term of Netanyahu is the real existential threat to Israel.
Why is all this happening now? A big part of the answer is that the whole Murdering Medic story (the execution by an Israeli sergeant of a prone Palestinian in occupied Hebron March 24, and the subsequent broad support for the racial murder inside Israeli politics) made clear to a group of very important people in Israel that if there is no “intervention” the dark forces being unleashed by Netanyahu will consume the country and imperil its future.
But another little-spoken-about story is the reverberations in Israel of the Iran deal fiasco. Every new level of Netanyahu hysteria about Iran, each gratuitous disrespect of Obama, the ceaseless attempt to manipulate American opinion and Congress against the deal, the catastrophic speech to Congress– all were met with shock and great concern by the people whose job it is to protect the interest of the state of Israel. And Netanyahu responded in each instance to his critics with an “I got this” and then explained how nobody understands and can manipulate America like Benjamin Netanyahu (Cue the “America can be easily moved” speech of 2001).
The full damage to Israel of Netanyahu’s contemptuous treatment of Obama and his Congress speech will be left to historians to assess. But I think the unpopularity of Israel will not be able to be ignored in Philadelphia this summer as in Democratic conventions past.
This is called an “open secret.” That means you would never know that the Israeli establishment is crumbling by reading the New York Times. But it has been all through Haaretz in recent days, in harsh statements by (former prime minister and general) Ehud Barak and (former defense minister and general) Moshe Ya’alon. These leaders echoed what deputy chief of staff Yair Golan said in his landmark speech about Nazi-like currents in the society, following the wide support for the murdering medic.
Barak, as reported by Haaretz:
Barak accused Netanyahu of damaging memory of the Holocaust. “The Hitlerization of the prime minister of changing regional threats, as hard as they may be, is the essence of cheapening the Holocaust, and nothing else.”
Barak asserted that Netanyahu is engaging in false propaganda when he claims that there exists an unbridgeable contradiction between the security needs of Israel and the two-state solution. Barak stressed that 90 percent of senior security officials agree with him and not with Netanyahu.
— Yasmin (@Yasthetwit) June 21, 2016