Ehud Barak’s self-regard knows no bounds. But one thing about him is endlessly amusing: he has no sense of irony. Take this wonderful statement from the Jerusalem Post:
Barak said that the faction’s agenda will be “first of all the state, then the party, then the media, and only then ourselves.” He vowed that he and Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai, Simhon, Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Orit Noked, and Wilf would “do what’s best and what’s right for Israel.”
Let’s reverse that: first of all for Barak, then for his media stenographers, then the State. Notice I left out Party because he has none. He is a party of one, the Party of Self-Regard.
Barak even dissed his former ally Binyamin Ben Eliezer, who resigned today as trade minister rather than continue to play Barak’s game by remaining in the ruling coalition. Barak, according to Gideon Levy, called the former Israeli general, “post Zionist.” Imagine, Ehud’s playing the Im Tirzu game. He talks like Meir Rotter spitting leftists from his mouth like broken teeth.
I don’t know what Fuad is planning. There can’t be much remaining of the Labor Party’s carcass after the vultures pick it clean. But at least he did the principled thing and gave up his ministerial portfolio when he saw the handwriting on the wall. More than you can say for the other guy.
Bibi gave me another laugh when he claimed that Ehud’s split from Labor strengthens his coalition. I love it when a politician tries to aggrandize hisself and in the process disproves the very point he’s trying to make:
“The government has grown much stronger today, in its governance, in its stability — and this is important for Israel. The whole world knows, and the Palestinians know, that this government will be around for the next few years and that it is with this government that they should negotiate for peace.”
Another deluded Israeli pol who thinks that his short political shelf life will outlast Palestinian steadfastness and suffering. Bibi himself admits he will be around for another few years (at most hopefully) and in effect tells the Palestinians to outlast him. Which they will. There is only one thing that ends suffering: justice. Not even death ends suffering when a nation is the one doing the suffering. Because the suffering is transferred from one generation to the next. By comparison, the life of an Israeli politician is but the wink of an eye.