Friday, August 4, 2017

political diversion in Israel?

It was somehow reassuring to read a couple of stories that I thought needed to be cheek-by-jowl:
1. Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has been named as a suspect in two investigations into allegations of “fraud, breach of trust and bribes” with his former chief of staff signing a deal with prosecutors to testify against him.
The moves mark the most serious political crisis for the Israeli leader, the only prime minister to rival founding father David Ben-Gurion for longevity in office.
The suspicions against Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing, were first revealed in a court application by detectives on Thursday seeking a gag order on reporting details of negotiations with Ari Harow, the former chief of staff, to become a state witness. Talks were concluded on Friday with Harow signing a deal in which he agreed to testify.
2. A son of the Israeli prime minister is facing a public backlash amid an escalating row over his reported failure to pick up his dog's droppings.
Yair Netanyahu, 25, responded with an obscene gesture, a neighbour said on Facebook, after she told him to clear up the waste left in a Jerusalem park.
Mr Netanyahu hit back at critics, leading the son of a former Israeli PM to accuse him of racism and homophobia.
The Netanyahus say Israeli media often unfairly focuses on their family.
Who knows -- with the insatiable hunger for gossip, the world of dog shit may camouflage the potential deep shit of horse shit. But it feels fitting, somehow, that these two stories should appear in close temporal proximity ... poor ol' strong-armed leaders like Netanyahu (smarter by half, I grant you) and Donald Trump ... complaining about being set upon by people who can do no better than to assault their families and the pristine view of a world each might like to dominate ... perhaps for a thousand years. It ain't easy being god. I imagine Hitler felt the same.

1 comment:

  1. Selected from the New Oxford American Dictionary.

    entitlement |inˈtīdlməntenˈtīdlmənt|
    • the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment: no wonder your kids have a sense of entitlement | [as modifier] : this entitlement mentality is completely out of control.