February 16, 2018: Bibi’s blues

Jerusalem Post readers have their say.

Letters (photo credit: REUTERS)
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Bibi’s blues
“Humbug” is the word that came to mind when I read your editorial “Presumed innocent” (February 15) – the damage has already been done by the incessant and scurrilous reporting on the front pages of The Jerusalem Post.
I do not know if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is guilty or not of the complaints being made against him, but in any fair-minded society, this is for a judge to decide in an unbiased way, uninfluenced by what I can only describe as sensation-seeking speculation.
We learn from the news that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the police recommendations for an indictment against him are “baseless.”
That might very well be the case, but isn’t that a matter for a court to determine? Or is the Israeli prime minister also the judge?
Then-opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s behavior was directly responsible for the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. His party vilified Rabin at every opportunity, stooping to the depiction of him as a Nazi and, by extrapolation, worthy of death. The acceleration of the hate campaign could not have come without Netanyahu’s tacit or explicit approval.
I have never trusted him or voted for him, and never will. A tiger doesn’t change his stripes, and while snakes shed their skins, the underlying character remains.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone charged with a penal offense has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which they have all the guarantees necessary for their defense. Given Bibi’s past performances, I wonder.
I cannot overlook the many articles you have been publishing about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – for example: “Rivlin hints PM should quit if indicted” (February 13).
I’m no biblical scholar, but as is written in Kohelet, “there is nothing new under the sun.” Those convicted are only sorry that they got caught.
I hope that Prime Minister Netanyahu may not be among them.
With respect to Case 3000, meaning the alleged underhanded dealings regarding the Israel Navy’s purchase of German-manufactured submarines, the shape of those vessels is not unlike that of a cigar.
Still aggression
With regard to “Norway MP: Nobel nomination targets Israel, not Jews” (February 13), to suggest that BDS is a legitimate and peaceful movement is an oxymoron.
There is nothing peaceful about BDS. It is aggressive and militant, threatening international artists wanting to appear in Israel,
forcing the closure of businesses and preventing academic collaboration. In the process, the people who suffer most are the Palestinians who lose their jobs – the very people BDS activists claim to be fighting for.
BDS is actively trying to destroy Israel, not by bombs, but by bullying and social strangulation. It is an aggression of a different kind, and certainly not peaceful.
Kiryat Tivon
Smart-up, nation
I have to wonder how much longer Israel will be able to maintain its proud title of Start-up Nation.
Yes, we have had generations of brilliant and innovative people who have certainly put us on the world’s technological map. But what of the future? In years gone by, youngsters were out on the streets, innovating games and having intelligent discussions.
But where are they today? They are sitting alone on the couch playing electronic games.
When do they have time for independent and constructive thought? When do they have time for intelligent conversation? Their social contact is with abbreviated words on their “smartphones,” which are robbing them of the ability to develop their smartness.
The social media may now be very exciting, but it must be controlled so that we can continue to maintain our status.
Petah Tikva