Zigzag­ging...

Jerusalem Post - - COMMENT & FEATURES -

Ilan Evy­atar’s “Mr. Zigzag” (Ob­ser­va­tions, June 3) is one of the most in­sight­ful, not to men­tion hi­lar­i­ous, col­umns to have ap­peared in The Jerusalem Post for some time. I hope Mr. Evy­atar writes many more pieces in the same style.

Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu zigzags be­cause he is not sure of his gov­ern­ment’s abil­ity to with­stand so many di­verse pres­sures com­ing from ev­ery­where.

Let us not talk of the pres­sures of US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, the United Na­tions, the Arab League, Ha­mas and Hezbol­lah. Let us not talk about Pales­tinian Author­ity Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas, who has done ab­so­lutely noth­ing for his peo­ple, and runs around the world and makes state­ments about his de­sire for a state. (He would go crazy if he were ever given ter­ri­tory to make a na­tion out of.)

It is pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Is­rael that makes it vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble for a gov­ern­ment to func­tion the way we would like. Per­haps it is time that Mr. Strong re­ally is strong, and Mr. Brave re­ally is brave, and they and stand up with Mr. Ne­tanyahu to help him find a straight path.

Many years ago, I was told about this promis­ing young man, Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, who was de­voted to the State of Is­rael. He is Mr. Zigzag be­cause of how the gov­ern­ment of Is­rael func­tions.

TOBY WILLIG Jerusalem

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