Netanyahu, the arch betrayer
Jared Joel, Johannesburg
Netanyahu betrayed the Arab community by scaring Jews, telling them that the Arabs would go to the polls in droves, and so should they. He thus kept Likud in power.
No true leader will pit one group of citizens of his country against the others, as Netanyahu has done.
He also betrayed the Jews when, in 2013, he released 26 terrorist murderers of Jews in an attempt to keep the sham peace talks going with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. (This is not to be confused with the justified 2011 release in exchange for Gilad Shalit.) A message was thus sent that Jewish blood is cheap.
And to appease his uber-corrupt coalition partners in United Torah Judaism and Shas, Netanyahu gutted the Kotel expansion programme, betraying the Progressive and Masorti communities.
He also betrayed the ultra-Orthodox community and the Haredim by gutting efforts to improve the quality of education in Haredi schools. In so doing, he and his coalition partners perpetuate the cycle of poverty and dependence that afflicts these communities.
He has betrayed the Christian community by cutting funds for Christian schools and diverting them to the failing ultra-Orthodox ones – without improving the latter. This, at a time when Christian Arabs are enlisting in the army in record numbers.
The betrayal of African refugees is only the latest in a series of betrayals by this unworthy so-called leader, who now also faces corruption charges. It is laughable to suggest that 38 000 African refugees would pose any demographic threat to a nation with a 6.5 million-strong Jewish population.
Do not allow the Likud propagandists to fool you with the myth that there is no better leader than Netanyahu. Yes, he has had many foreign policy successes – so, make him minister of foreign affairs, where he can do what he’s good at without any of the damage. It would be wise for the Israeli people to elect a better leader – be it Lapid, Kahlon, Sharansky, Bennett or Rivlin.