The Times of Israel has an interesting, wide ranging, and rather fresh – and honest – perspective on the current position of Israel, Bibi, and the Palestinians by Haviv Rettig Gur. It is all worth reading. However, I want to highlight this part:
As a young recruit in the elite IDF commando unit Sayeret Matkal, Benjamin Netanyahu, known then and now by the nickname “Bibi,” was taught a powerful lesson by his brother Yoni, who outranked him in the unit and would go on to be one of its most famous commanders.
The older Yoni took the future prime minister to a hilltop on the training grounds of an IDF base and asked him how he would conquer the hill in battle. Bibi offered a plan of attack, probably laying out the usual IDF battle doctrine taught to every 18-year-old infantryman for the past six decades: deploy a flanking force covered by suppressing fire and initiate a staggered advance to close the distance to the entrenched enemy.
While his opponents too often plan for a static opponent, Netanyahu prides himself on his ability to maneuver
But Yoni was unimpressed. The problem with Bibi’s plan, the veteran commander explained, was that the enemy also moves. It was a fatal flaw for a military commander to construct his strategy on the assumption that the enemy would not react, surprise and seek to disrupt the plan of attack. By the time his troops arrived at the enemy position, the enemy could have flanked Bibi’s own moving column.
It was a lesson Netanyahu took to heart. While his opponents too often plan for a static opponent, Netanyahu prides himself on his ability to maneuver.
As I have said before, one of the reasons Bibi is disliked by some is because he has done a terrific job, all things considered, of keeping the people of Israel safe. Sure, he has made mistakes. But those who characterize him as shallow and power seeking (which may at least in part be true) overlook (a) what a consummate politician he is; and (b) that he is, following his late brother’s advice, always on the move. We should be grateful that is the situation.
Read it all here – there is lots of excellent analysis worthy of your attention – and at the end, you may well come away with a wistful smile. So who will follow Abbas? And will it matter?