Samir and others like him symbolize what's wrong with Israel. Palestinians and Israeli Arabs are fair game. Lies and coverup suppress official policy.
Enough is enough, said Haaretz columnist Amir Oren. "Seven years with Netanyahu is enough bad luck."
Israelis once trusted him. No longer. Polls suggest Likud has less than 25% support. Extremist coalition partners will keep Netanyahu prime minister.
He "promises four more years of the very same futile path." What's good for him harms most others. Israelis aren't wise enough to know. They're mindless, out of touch, or don't care.
They'll have themselves to blame for doing the wrong thing. They support what demands condemnation.
"Seven bad years with (Netanyahu) were definitely enough." Polls suggest another four.
Rehabilitating trust Israel lost awaits "a new direction." The current one is self-destructive. Who knows if it'll ever come. Nothing in prospect suggests it.
A Final Comment
Micah Peltz is an American rabbi. He serves Temple Beth Sholom Cherry Hill, NJ's congregation. He's also a regular Haaretz contributor. On January 20, he headlined "Are the leaders of today the leaders we deserve?"
On January 22, Israelis vote. On January 20, Obama's sworn in. "In both countries, there seems to be a feeling of dissatisfaction with the choice of leaders," said Peltz.
"Rarely have I encountered someone - American or Israeli - who spoke enthusiastically about who they planned on supporting""
They're more concerned about who they dislike than prefer. Leadership worth supporting is sorely lacking. It's true in Israel and America.
"How do our leaders influence our generation," asked Peltz? "Do we have the leaders that we deserve?" Not in Israel or America, he laments.
Too few others understand today's grim reality. Fewer still responsibly confront it. It's true in Israel, America and elsewhere.
When ordinary people deserve better, the worst of times loom.