INTO THE FRAY: BIBI VS BG

For your perusal, my latest INTO THE FRAY column

BIBI VS BG

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Benjamin Netanyahu – A synopsis: The good the bad…and the remarkable

It appears this week on the following sites (in alphabetical order):

ALGEMEINER: https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/11/25/bibi-vs-ben-gurion-the-good-the-bad-and-the-remarkable/
ISRAELI FRONTLINE: http://www.israelifrontline.com/2016/11/fray-bibi-vs-bg.html
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/19822
ISRAEL NEWS ONLINE: https://israelnewsonline.org/into-the-fray-bibi-vs-bg/
ISRAEL’S VOICE: http://www.israelsvoice.org/2016/11/24/fray-bibi-vs-bg/
ISRAPUNDIT: http://www.israpundit.org/archives/63619702
MEDIUM: https://medium.com/@martinsherman/into-the-fray-bibi-vs-bg-90723f387e6d#.8yy92gbtl
JEWSDOWNUNDER: http://jewsdownunder.com/2016/11/25/fray-bibi-vs-bg/
JEWISH PRESS: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/into-the-fray-martin-sherman/into-the-fray-bibi-vs-bg/2016/11/27/

An excerpt:

When you compare his [Netanyahu’s] lack of actual achievements compared to Ben-Gurion, whose record he’s eclipsed, it’s embarrassing  Jeff Barak, An empty record, Jerusalem Post, November 20, 2016

Last Tuesday Benjamin Netanyahu chalked up an unbroken stint of 2793 days (seven years and 236 days) as prime minister of Israel, thereby surpassing David Ben-Gurion’s record for the longest consecutive term in office…By any criterion, this would be a remarkable feat for anyone—under any circumstances. But for Netanyahu, it is even more remarkable—given the truly formidable obstacles and almost pathological animosity he had to overcome to achieve it…This could—indeed, perhaps should—have been an auspicious occasion, in which his political rivals, his ideological adversaries and his detractors  in the media might have—ever so briefly—put away their animosity and expressed some congratulatory sentiment—however reluctant and insincere—even if only as a formal appearance of feigned courtesy…

However, in the merciless and mean-spirited milieu of Israeli politics, any hint of such largesse was not forthcoming. Quite the opposite!…Flummoxed and infuriated by their inability to dislodge him from power, his political opponents and their media cronies seized on any pretext, however flimsy and far-fetched, to besmirch and berate him.

As usual your talkbacks/comments/critiques welcome,
Best wishes,
MS

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