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After Netanyahu’s Electoral Victory, Haaretz Columnist Says the Israeli People Must be Replaced

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Haaretz Columnist Gideon Levy: Replace the Israeli People. PHOTO: Wikipedia.

Are the Israeli people sick? According to Haaretz Columnist Gideon Levy, who was unsurprisingly not pleased with the results of Tuesday’s elections in Israel, the answer is “yes.” In an opinion column he published shortly after the results were announced, Levy called for the replacement of the Israeli people for re-electing Benjamin Netanyahu.

Levy wrote that, “the first conclusion that comes to my mind two minutes after the release of the election results is particularly depressing:  We have to replace the people. [What’s necessary] is not more elections to change the leadership of the State, but rather a general election to elect a new people of Israel – and to improvise,” said Levy. He added that, “the country urgently needs this. It will be difficult for it to continue under the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu, who it looks like will be forming the next government.”

Levy’s disappointment with Israelis resulted from their overwhelming choice of Netanyahu over his chief rival Isaac Herzog to lead the next government. Levy noted that, “if, after six years of nothing; six years of disseminating fear and anxiety, hatred and despair – and just that – this is the people’s choice, then the people is very sick.”

Levy was unrelenting in his scathing criticism of the Israeli people, saying “if after all that has been revealed in the last months, if after all that has been written and said, if after all this, this phoenix – this Israeli phoenix – was able to once again rise from the ashes and be re-elected; if after all of this the Israeli people elected him for another four years, then something is seriously broken in the people, something that may be beyond repair.”

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In his opinion, “Netanyahu suits the Israeli people, and the people of Israel are suited to Netanyahu. The lot had not yet been cast yesterday, but it foreshadowed a direction, and that direction is that a significant portion of the Israeli people has completely disconnected from reality.”

According to Levy, the Israeli people re-elected Netanyahu as a result of “years of indoctrination and incitement,” leading them to “say yes to those who say no to a Palestinian state – and what is this? And what the hell, yes, dear Likud voters?” He opined that this was a vote for “another 50 years of occupation and ostracism. Do you really believe in that?”

Levy did not stop there. He claimed Israel was on its way to becoming an apartheid state under Netanyahu’s leadership, as a result of these elections, and that it was now only a matter of time before the IDF launched its next “savage attack against Gaza.”

Levy ended his op-ed by saying that, “an election like this must be viewed seriously, and with an election like this, it is very difficult to hope for the best. All that’s left is the loser’s hope: that with one more term for Netanyahu, at least the world will be awakened to act.”

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