Let’s put Bibi’s narcissism, hunger for power, and hypocrisy to one side. I mean, this is the man who told Olmert he couldn’t be Prime Minister when charged with a crime. But, let’s put that to one side.
Let’s put Gantz’s treachery to one side. After all, this is the man who said:
“I am not able to sit [in government] with Netanyahu…[snip]…I am telling you, we are speaking about a corrupt man who is destroying the country, and I cannot sit with him.”
But let’s put that to one side too.
Let’s instead look at what Bibi and Gantz have delivered: a cabinet of 34 ministers. 34? That’s more than Britain, or the USA, or Germany, or France, or probably more than any other country. (If you know differently, tell me!) 34!
Don’t forget the 15 or 16 deputies.
Time to listen in on the conversation Israelis would be having, social distancing guidelines permitting:
Q: Why do we need 34?
A: We don’t.
Q: So, why do we have 34?
A: It’s the price of doing a deal.
Q: Excuse me?
A: All the parties in the coalition needed to be rewarded.All that support needs to be, er, paid for.
Q: You mean they need to be bribed?
A: You said it, not me.
Q: Whatever happened to being a politician to serve the public?
A: Oh, they serve all right. But they also serve themselves.
Q: And what’s this about two Prime Ministerial homes?
A: One for Bibi, and one for Gantz.
Q: And who pays for all of this?
A: Look in the mirror. The Israeli public.
Q: So, at a crisis period in world history, with economies buckling under pressure from the effects of the pandemic, mass unemployment, many businesses on the edge of collapse, the ruling parties have decided to lead by example by stealing from the public purse.
A: Oh, I wouldn’t go that far.
Q: What else would you call it?
A: Let me get back to you on that.