Things are bad. The prime minister is a gloomy man, a man without hope, a weak man, trapped in the hands of others, carrying childhood memories of a somber, subdued home, where the study of the Inquisition set the tone (his father was a historian who specialized in medieval Spanish Jewry). Forever feeling deprived, always suspicious and wary of others, keeping aloof, friendless, anticipating catastrophe where there is no threat, prone to improbable, pessimistic forecasts and casting his gloom over an entire nation. A man entangled in and plagued by unresolved personal conflicts, which are projected to the public.
Thus, his first and second tenures as prime minister have brought on us bleak days of despair, days without hope and with no future. Many find escape in TV reality shows and, in the absence of a father figure, console themselves with the Big Brother.
From his first term in office he was quickly deposed, loathed and despised by many. Way back in those days — 1999, when Netanyahu was defeated by Ehud Barak in snap elections — we still had some kind of political system here. There were two major parties then. A public debate was going on. Democracy was still in force. And whoever blundered and sinned and incited was disgracefully removed from office.
He reappeared on the political stage only when none of these existed any more, when the democratic political process had given way to a business-dominated regime motivated by money, driven by insa... >>>
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