Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Cheats, Repudiates himself, Raises False Flags, All to Maintain the Israeli
Occupation of Palestine
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, May 5, 2015
A Boy Called Bibi
THERE ARE two different opinions about Binyamin Netanyahu. It
is difficult to believe that they concern the same person.
is that Netanyahu is a shallow politician, devoid of ideas and
convictions, who is led solely by his obsession to remain in power. This
Netanyahu has a good voice and a talent for making shallow speeches on
television, speeches devoid of any intellectual content and that's
This Netanyahu is highly "pressurable" (a Hebrew word
invented almost solely for him), a man who will change his views
according to political expediency, disclaiming in the evening what he
has said in the morning. None of his words should be trusted. He will
lie and cheat anytime to assure his survival.
Netanyahu is almost the exact opposite. A principled patriot, a serious
thinker, a statesman who sees danger beyond the horizon. This Netanyahu
is a gifted orator, able to move the US Congress and the UN plenum,
admired by the great mass of Israelis.
So which of these
descriptions is true?
IF IT is true that
the character of a person is shaped by his early childhood, we must
examine the background of Netanyahu in order to understand him.
He grew up in the shadow of a strong father. Benzion Millikowsky, who
changed his foreign name to the Hebrew Netanyahu, was a very
dominant and very unhappy person. Born in Warsaw, then a provincial town
in the Russian Empire, he immigrated to Palestine as a young man,
studied history at the new Hebrew University in Jerusalem and expected
to become a professor there. He was not accepted.
the son of an early adherent of Vladimir (Ze'ev) Jabotinsky, the extreme
rightist Zionist leader. He inherited from his father a very extremist
outlook, and passed it on to his three sons. Binyamin was the second
one. His elder brother, still a child himself, called him Bibi, and the
childish appellation stuck.
Benzion's rejection by the
prestigious young Hebrew University turned him into a bitter man, a
bitterness that lasted until his death in 2012, at age 102. He was sure
that this rejection had nothing to do with his academic qualification,
and everything with his ultra-nationalist opinions.
Zionism did not stop him leaving Palestine and seeking his academic luck
in the United States, where a second-rate university gave him a
professorship. His life's work as a historian concerned the fate of the
Jews in medieval Christian Spain the expulsion and inquisition. It
engendered in him a very dark world view: the conviction that Jews will
always be persecuted, that all Goyim (non-Jews) hate the Jews, that a
straight line connects the auto-da-fé of the Spanish inquisition with
the Nazi Holocaust.
During the years, the Netanyahu family went
back and forth between the US and Israel. Binyamin grew up in America,
acquired perfect American English, essential for his future career,
studied and became a salesman. His obvious talent for this profession
attracted a Likud foreign minister, who sent him to the UN as Israeli
BENZION NETANYAHU was not only a very bitter
person, who accused the Zionist and Israeli academic establishment of
failing to recognize his academic stature. He was also a very autocratic
The three Netanyahu boys lived in constant awe of
Father. They were not allowed to make any noise at home while the Great
Man worked in his closed study. They were not allowed to bring other
boys home. Their mother was completely devoted to her husband and served
him in every way, sacrificing her own personality.
family, the second child of three is in a difficult position. He is not
admired like the eldest, nor indulged like the youngest. For Binyamin
this was especially hard, because of the personality of the eldest.
Yonatan Netanyahu (both names mean "God has given") seems to have been a
specially blessed boy. He was good-looking, gifted, much liked, even
admired. In the army, he became the commander of the revered Sayeret
Matkal ("General Staff Commando Unit") the elite of the army's elite.
As such he was the ground commander of the daring 1976 Entebbe
commando raid in Uganda, which liberated the captive passengers of a
flight hijacked by Palestinian and German guerillas on the way to
Israel. Yonatan was killed and became a national hero. He was also
adored by his father, who never quite accepted the qualities of his
Between his father, the embittered Great Thinker,
and his elder brother, the Legendary Hero, Binyamin grew up as a quiet
but very ambitious boy, part Israeli, part American. He worked for
some time as a furniture salesman, until he was discovered by the
far-right Likud foreign minister, Moshe Arens.
obsessive need to be approved by his father and to be found equal to his
glorious brother, Netanyahu's own character was forged. His father never
quite appreciated him, once saying that he would make a good foreign
minister, but not a prime minister.
Being his father's son,
Netanyahu incited the people against Yitzhak Rabin after the Oslo
Agreement and was photographed on the speaker's balcony during the
demonstration in which a symbolic coffin of Rabin was carried around.
Soon after, when Rabin was murdered, he denied all responsibility.
Rabin's successor, Shimon Peres, failed miserably, and
Netanyahu became prime minister. It was a total catastrophe. On the
evening after the next elections, when it be came clear that he had
lost, multitudes streamed to Tel Aviv's central square (now named after
Rabin) in a spontaneous demonstration of joy like that at the liberation
His successor, Labor's Ehud Barak, had no more luck. A
former army Chief of Staff, admired by many and especially by himself,
he compelled President Bill Clinton to convene an Israeli-Palestinian
peace conference at Camp David. Barak, who was quite ignorant of
Palestinian attitudes, came to dictate his terms and was shocked when
they were rejected. Coming home, he declared that the Palestinians want
to throw us into the sea. Hearing this, the public threw him out and
elected the tough far-right general, Ariel Sharon, the founder of Likud.
Netanyahu became Minister of Finance. As such he was quite
successful. Applying the neo-liberal ultra-capitalist teaching he had
absorbed in the US, he made the poor poorer and the rich richer. The
poor seemed to liked it.
Sharon was the father of the
settlements in the West Bank. To strengthen these, he decided to give up
the Gaza Strip with its few settlements, which were a disproportional
drag on the army. But his unilateral retreat from the Gaza Strip shocked
the rightist camp. The elder Netanyahu called the move a "crime against
Inpatient with opposition, Sharon split the Likud
and founded his own Kadima ("Forwards") party. Netanyahu again became
the leader of Likud.
As usual, he was lucky. Sharon suffered a
stroke and fell into a coma, from which he never recovered. His
successor, Ehud Olmert, was accused of corruption and had to resign. The
next in line, Tzipi Livni, was incompetent and unable to form a
government, though all the ingredients were there.
the man who was kicked out just a few years earlier by the cheering
masses, came back as an imperator. Again the masses cheered. Shakespeare
would have loved it.
SINCE THEN, Netanyahu has been elected
again and again. The last time was a clear personal victory. He
vanquished all his competitors on the Right.
So who is this
Netanyahu? Contrary to popular opinion, he is a man of very strong
beliefs the beliefs of his far-right father. The entire world is out
to kill us at all times, we need a powerful state to defend ourselves,
all of the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan has been given
us by God (whether he exists or not). Everything else is lies,
When, in a famous speech at Bar-Ilan
university near Tel Aviv, Netanyahu embraced the principle of "Two
States for Two Peoples", those who knew him could only smile. It was as
if he had recommended the eating of pork on Yom Kippur.
dangled this statement before the eyes of the naive Americans and let
his Justice Minister, Tzipi Livni, lead endless negotiations with the
Palestinians, whom he despises. Whenever it seemed that the negotiations
were nearing some goal, he quickly put up another condition, such us the
ridiculous demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the Nation
State of the Jewish People. He would not dream, of course, of
recognizing the Palestinian territories as the Nation State of the
Palestinian People a people he does not really believe exists at all.
On the eve of the last election, just now, Netanyahu announced that
there would not be a Palestinian state as long as he was in power. When
the Americans remonstrated, he repudiated himself. Why not? As his Likud
predecessor, Yitzhak Shamir, famously said, "It is permitted to lie for
Netanyahu will lie,
cheat, repudiate himself, raise false flags all for the purpose of
achieving his one and only real goal, the Rock of our Existence (as he
loves to say), the heritage of his father the Jewish State from the
sea to the river (which is maintaining the
Israeli military occupation of Palestine and denying the Palestinian
people their human rights for self determination - Editor).
THE TROUBLE is that in this area, the Arabs are already the majority, a
small majority, but one that is bound to grow steadily.
and democratic state in the entire country is impossible. The popular
joke has it that this is too much even for God. So He decreed that we
have to choose two of the three attributes: a Jewish and democratic
state in part of the country, a Jewish state in all of the country that
will not be democratic, or a democratic state in all of the country that
will not be Jewish.
Netanyahu's solution to this problem is to
ignore it. Just go on, enlarge the settlements, and concentrate on the
immediate problem: install his fourth government and plan for his fifth,
four years from now.
And, of course,
show his father, who is looking down on him from heaven, that after all
little Bibi, his second son, is worthy of him.
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