05 May 2006

The will of the people

Democracy is a fickle lady (for some reason the image of that French girl with the flag and whatnot comes to mind each time the D word is mentioned, thus the feminine link). Being applied in Levant it causes some unexpected results. Like in the case of Hamas - who in his right mind will link Hamas to democracy? But here we are...

Or, like in our own case, that stroke of fate that brought to Avigdor Lieberman a significant percentage of voters last election.

Lieberman spent a few years in the shadow of his patron, Bibi Netanyahu, being his torpedo man, enthusiastically carrying out any dirty job Bibi did not wish to be directly linked to. Being a good poodle, in short. A bit too feisty at times, but all for a good cause.

Now the little doggy has grown and developed into a sizable Rottweiler. Got an appetite for bigger chunks of meat, too. Somehow or other, he found his way to the votes of a significant percentage of the new immigrants and even of native-born Israelis.

And now we have that burden right were it hurts - in the Knesset. Engaging some choice characters in his inimitable Rottweiler's fashion.

Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday lashed out at Israeli Arab political parties and said he hoped Arab MKs who had contact with Hamas or did not celebrate Independence Day would be executed. During a Knesset plenum debate, Lieberman said Arab MKs who meet with Hamas leaders "are cooperating with the enemy" and must be tried. "The Second World War ended with the Nuremberg trials and the execution of the Nazi leadership," said Lieberman...

Tough SOB, that Lieberman. Looks like without a leash and a muzzle he may become a serious threat to the environment. Maybe indeed, as Yaakov Katz from JP says, it is time to drop him (Lieberman, that is) on Iran to straighten out the mess there?

On the other hand, there may appear another way to solve the problem. MK Mohammed Barakeh, with his tradition of dalliances with our worst enemies and his anti-Semitic outbursts, is also a pain in the backside.

Speaking in the Knesset plenum, Barakeh also called for a renewal of the Nuremberg trials in order to "try neo-Nazis such as Lieberman."

Seeing as Lieberman-Barakeh mutual feelings are equally strong and there is a symbolic symmetry between the two, maybe the best solution would be to leave both in a strong room and throw out the key?