Netanyahu represents the worst of rogue leadership. He defies rule of law principles and other democratic values. He's contemptuous of Palestinian rights. He threatens world peace.
On January 12, Haaretz headlined "Netanyahu, Barak spent NIS (New Israel Shekel) 11 bil. (around $3 billion) on preparations for Iran strike that never happened," saying:
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert calls it a major election campaign issue. Netanyahu wasted Israeli resources on reckless "adventurous fantasies," he said.
Revenues spent are gone. "Can and should (Israel) bear the enormous defense budget, which has grown to unprecedented levels" under Netanyahu, he asked?
He's defiant. He won't touch defense spending. He claims it's "in light of the challenges facing Israel."
The Jewish state has no enemies whatever. Netanyahu invents them. He menaces the region. He endangers his own people. Megalomania and delusions of grandeur define him.
His mindset is messianic. He's a loose cannon. He's out-of-control. Hardliners around him share his vision. His Iranian obsession threatens Israel. His "bomb or be bombed" rhetoric reflects bluster. It demands condemnation and rejection.
Netayanhu rejected Olmert's accusation. He called him "irresponsible." He said he won't "divulge details of defense spending, but I can say that we developed capabilities in arenas both near and far, and that is an important investment."
He lied. Current and former Israeli officials deplore him. Some went public and said so. Israelis aren't paying attention. On January 22, he's favored to remain prime minister.
Haaretz contributor Yoel Marcus calls it "One term too many." Netanyahu reflects a "storm".strong enough to paralyze our lives, close down roads," and threaten lives that deserve protection.
"Maybe all those who are still drunk with Netanyahu's glory will awaken before he brings disaster upon us all," he added. Odds favor the latter, not the former.
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