noun, plural states·men.
- a person who is experienced in the art of government or versed in the administration of government affairs.
- a person who exhibits great wisdom and ability in directing the affairs of a government or in dealing with important public issues.
- If Bibi were a statesman, he would resign.
- If Bibi were a man of honor, he would resign.
- If Bibi cared about his county more than himself, he would resign.
- If Bibi cared about his party more than himself, he would resign.
- If Bibi were a mensch, he would resign.
Right now, Bibi is none of these. Or, at least is not behaving like one of these.
For another perspective, read the material that argues otherwise: that Bibi should not resign. It seems to me that almost all of these articles are hero worship pieces along the lines of Bibi is the only man who can run the country, defend Israel, and keep it safe. Or, Bibi is the only one responsible for all the good things we have now in Israel, and he is the only one who can keep doing more of the same.
This is simply untrue.
Putting to one side the fact that cemeteries are full of irreplaceable people (and no, I don’t mean Bibi belongs in a cemetery), is Bibi’s record so good?
Do the residents of Sderot and the south have peace?
Do the parents of the two soldiers whose bodies Hamas hold hostage think Bibi is so good?
And while some want to give Bibi the credit for the strength of the economy, that wholly overlooks the weaknesses: we have people in work who cannot make ends meet. We have a housing crisis because homes are too expensive. We have horrific levels of property. The economic hero part also overlooks the contribution others have made to some of the stronger parts of the economy.
And let’s not forget Bibi’s horrendous anti-Arab racist statements and incitement.
Bibi is no legendary figure. Yes, he has achieved some good things. But he neither deserves the credit for them all, nor deserves to use them as a cover for not resigning.
How can he be at his best when he has to focus on defending himself in court?
Finally, what about the allegation that the charges are a left wing conspiracy? Let’s remind ourselves that the Attorney General – no shrinking violet or left wing sympathizer – was a Bibi appointment. That’s why Bibi’s supporters say Manderbilt is a dupe. Of course, he’s nothing of the kind. He’s an honest man, trying to do the best he can. That’s not something you can say about Bibi.
If Bibi were a statesman, he would resign.