Last Day of The Auschwitz Violinist Sale

My novel, The Auschwitz Violinist, has been on sale for the past six days. That sale is coming to a close at the end of the day. In twenty-four hours the price of the ebook will jump from $0.99 back to the original price of $4.99.

This sale has been wonderful. A ton of new readers have found and bought the novel. Others have borrowed it on Kindle Unlimited. Some have also picked up a copy of The Dead Sister. Others, I’m sure, will, once they finish reading The Auschwitz Violinist.

If you’re looking for a well-written, emotional, and page-turning mystery novel, you won’t be disappointed with The Auschwitz Violinist. Get your copy for less than a dollar (or a pound if you’re in Britain) before this sale comes to a close.

 

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Ten Years Gone, New Adam Lapid Novel is up for Pre-Order

The new Adam Lapid mystery novel, Ten Years Gone, is now up for pre-order on Amazon.

If you order your copy now, you will get your ebook no later than August 4, 2017.

Why no later?

Because I have some tasks on my end to complete before the book goes on regular sale. They should be done well before August 4, in which case I will push forward the official date of release.

Ten Years Gone is a novel that takes place before The Dead Sister and The Auschwitz Violinist. It is a sort of prequel, though, like the other two novels, it is a standalone mystery featuring private investigator Adam Lapid.

This is my most emotional tale yet, and the one with the most twists and turns. Adam Lapid faces many dangers in this novel, both physical and emotional. He has to dig deep inside himself to withstand all that befalls him in this novel as he strives to solve a ten-year-old missing persons case involving a disappeared baby. I feel confident that you will like it.

Click here to order your copy of Ten Years Gone

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London and Black March 2002

Reading about the horrific events in London last night, in which a gang of Islamic terrorists murdered six seven civilians and wounded many more, and with these events coming so soon after the atrocious slaughter of innocents in Manchester less than a fortnight ago, I could not help but remember the month of March  2002, and what life was like in Israel at the time.

I fear that soon, perhaps very soon, such a month might befall various countries in Western Europe and that their societies will be irrevocably changed as a result.

March 2002 proved to be the deadliest month in the terror campaign initiated by the Palestinians against Israel in September 2000, following the rejection of the peace deal made by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

In almost daily shooting and bombings attacks, 125 Israelis died and hundreds more were injured. By this time, Israelis were used to the wails of ambulances in the distance and the somber notices in the media that yet another bus, restaurant, or random congregation of civilians had been struck by a suicide bomber.

In addition to the loss of life and the physical and mental wounds sustained by the thousands of injured, the effects of such a prolonged era of terror were wide-ranging.

Guards were stationed at the entrance to each shopping mall, supermarket, and restaurant. Bags and vehicles were checked before patrons could gain admittance to the cinema, theater, or coffeehouse. An alert that a suicide bomber may be on the way to his destination would cause the police to stop traffic on freeways, causing congestion of titanic proportions.

And there was the fear.

People dreaded using the bus. Some bought an extra car for their children, whether they could afford it or not. I chose walking over riding the bus whenever I could. I cannot imagine how many miles I walked in Tel Aviv during the months leading to March 2002, and for a time after.

Restaurants and cafes stood empty or nearly so. People were afraid to venture out, for no place felt safe. Any man wearing a heavy coat made you feel nervous. Could he have an explosive vest hidden beneath his coat? Was this Death coming to claim you? The economy took a nosedive. Morale was at a nadir. The government and army seemed at a loss.

Above all, there was the sense that death lurked behind every corner, that you were playing Russian roulette whenever you went to a nightclub, a concert, or even walked the sidewalk of a busy street. And there was also the certainty that this was how it was going to be from now on, perhaps forever.

This may be what the future holds for Britain now. This may be what Germany, France, Sweden, and other countries will face in the near future. Unless a solution is found, unless terrorism is eradicated, unless the governments of these countries are seen to be taking decisive and effective action — instead of offering platitudes, prayers, and appeals to a unity which seems to be nonexistent — the future in these countries may be bleak. Not just because more people will die, but also because of how fear will lead the population of these countries to change their behavior and lifestyle.

Guards with guns will become ubiquitous. Bags will be rummaged through before you’re allowed onto into a Tube station or a Metro or onto a train. People will refrain from going to crowded places. They will shy away from any place that may attract the next attacker. Tourism will plummet. Businesses will suffer. Foreign companies will reconsider their decision of opening an office in this or that major city. Musicians and artists will cancel their appearances.

Appeals for people to Keep Calm and Carry On will not suffice. People will strive to protect their children and themselves. They will make decisions based on their justifiable fear. Nothing this or that politician will say will change that. Only action will.

Following the Park Hotel bombing on March 27, 2002, in which thirty Israelis were killed, the IDF launched Operation Defensive Shield, a major operation against Islamic terrorism. Israeli forces dismantled terrorist networks in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and brought an end to suicide bombings. But things had not returned to normal. In 2017, there are still guards at supermarkets in Israel. Your bag is still checked at the entrance to shopping malls. Israelis have not forgotten March 2002. I doubt we ever will.

A military operation of the sort carried out by the IDF in 2002 is impossible in Europe. But some form of action — the sort that is potentially effective — will need to be taken. Otherwise, Western Europe might be forever changed.

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The Auschwitz Violinist is an Amazon Bestseller

Yesterday was the biggest sales day for me since I began selling books on Amazon. Most of those sales were for The Auschwitz Violinist, which is still on sale for $0.99 and will continue to be so until June 6, but some were for The Dead Sister. Both books jumped in their overall ranking in the Amazon store, but The Auschwitz Violinist was the big riser, breaking into the top 5,000 ebooks sold in the entire Amazon store.

In addition, it also attained, and still holds at this time, the #1 position in one of the categories to which it belongs. This is why it has been adorned with the orange banner proclaiming it as Best Seller. Naturally, I’m stoked and proud that this has happened. I hope that plenty of readers will get, read, and enjoy this novel. I enjoyed writing it very much and nothing would please me more than knowing a lot of readers from all over the world have read it.

So I can now and forever say that I am an Amazon category no. 1 bestselling author. Another milestone in my writing career.

 

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The Auschwitz Violinist Is On Special Sale

My mystery novel, The Auschwitz Violinist, went on sale about an hour ago, on Amazon.com for $0.99, and on Amazon.co.uk for £0.99. This sale will last one week only, after which the price will bounce back up to $4.99 on the American site and £3.99 on the British site.

If you’re looking to check out my work, or get into the Adam Lapid mystery series, or to just read an excellent (if I do say so myself) crime novel set in the early days of the State of Israel, this is your chance to get your copy of The Auschwitz Violinist for next to nothing.

While The Auschwitz Violinist is not the first novel in the Adam Lapid Mysteries series, it is a stand-alone mystery, so you can read it even if this is your first foray into the Adam Lapid world. Some people got into this series through this book, and you can do the same.

I hope you’ll do me the honor of picking up a copy of my novel, and drop me a line or leave me a review when you’re done, so I’ll know what you thought of it.

Here are the links to the sale page:

The Auschwitz Violinist on Amazon.com

The Auschwitz Violinist on Amazon.co.uk

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Why Assad Won’t Quit

With the tide of the Syrian Civil War shifting decidedly in favor of President Bashar al-Assad and his Shiite and Russian allies, it is time to reflect on the blindness of Western leaders and media pundits that have for so long either predicted Assad’s impending doom or called on him to relinquish power as a prerequisite for a peace deal in Syria.

Never mind the fact that military leaders and politicians, including former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, have pronounced Assad dead so many times that not a single atom should have remained of his corpse, but the notion that Assad would ever give up his position as president of Syria indicates a myopia that is disconcerting. If our leaders and “smart people” are this blind and stupid, what else aren’t they seeing clearly? And will their shortsightedness cause them to lead us to a catastrophe?

The simple truth is that Assad will never quit his position. He cannot. This is despite the fact that he has been given assurances that he and his family will be given safe passage out of Syria, a luxurious sanctuary in some other country, and that neither he nor his henchmen would be prosecuted for war crimes.

All this doesn’t matter for a number of reasons:

First, what guarantee does Assad has that Western powers would keep their word? After all, Muammar Gaddafi dismantled his WMD program following America’s invasion of Iraq with the understanding that he would be spared a similar intervention. But when rebellion broke out in Lybia, and as Gaddafi was close to annihilating his opponents, American bombers brought him down, and he ended up lynched by a mob of his former subjects.

Sure, Gaddafi deserved his dismal end, but just as a teacher disciplines an unruly pupil not just to educate the miscreant but also to edify the rest of the class, so Obama’s bombing of Lybia did not go unnoticed by other tyrants.

Second, Assad is not a dictator of the likes of Vladimir Putin or Turkey’s Erdogan. He derives his power and is the representative of an ethnic clan, the Alawites.

Before the Syrian Civil War broke out, the Alawites comprised but 12% of Syria’s population, yet they held virtually all positions of power. This has not always been the case. The Alawites used to be a persecuted minority, and they remember those days very well. They can expect a return to those days if Assad gives up power, or worse. Following years of repression and the atrocities committed by Assad’s forces, the Alawites can expect to be repaid in kind by the rebels, should they win. We’re talking about massacres, ethnic cleansing, perhaps genocide.

If Assad leaves, he can’t just take two million or so Alawites with him in his pocket. Leaving them behind might mean the end of his clan, his tribe, his people. This is unthinkable.

In the hyper-tribal Arab world, your clan comes first. It precedes loyalty to your country (especially if that country was created artificially by France and Britain) and your countrymen. That is why those fighting Assad are mostly Sunnis and those who support him are mostly Alawites and Shiites, the latter of which hate Sunnis with a vengeance.

This is not a struggle between democracy and tyranny, but a fight to the death between multiple clans, each vying for supremacy. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Surrender is unthinkable because it would mean that your clan is at the mercy of another, and that mercy might be nonexistent.

Western leaders who expect Assad to just decide to call it quits one day are delusional, which may explain, in part, why the West’s Syria strategy is in shambles.

If the West wants Assad out, it will have to remove him by force. If not, it can either hope that the rebels will do it, which seems unlikely at the moment, or resign themselves to the possibility that either the war in Syria will last for a long time, and/or that Assad will emerge from it triumphant.

 

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My Editing Process

First, some news: I just finished editing the third novel in the Adam Lapid Mystery series. I’ll hold off on revealing the title just yet, as I am not 100% sure about it. I also don’t know when it will be made available, as there are still some things that need to be done first, like a cover.

That being said, I thought this would be a good time to share my editing process. Some writers have a different system, and you might find that another process works best for you, so if you try mine out and it doesn’t feel right, just try something else. There is no right and wrong here, as long as the end product is good.

I have a four step editing system, which I found works really well.

1. Continual Edits While Writing

 

The first step occurs while I am writing the novel. Each day, as I sit before my computer, I’ll read the previous day’s work before forging ahead in the story. This helps me to reorient myself in the plot and also to bring to my attention any glaring errors that I committed the day before, in the heat of the creative process.

I call this continual editing. I sort of loop back in the story each day, find and correct any typos, grammar errors, and continuity problems that I find,  and then plow on ahead. This way, my manuscript arrives at the end of the first draft having already been edited once, at least.

2. The Read Aloud

What are fiction writers, really? At their core they are storytellers. They are not storywriters, but storytellers.

My role is just the same as that of the man who would sit in a cave by the communal fire and tell stories to our ancestors 20,000 years ago. A story is told, as if spoken aloud.

Of course, hardly no one who reads your books will do so aloud. But, reading your own novel aloud to yourself will expose many mistakes and stylistic imperfections that would have otherwise escaped your notice.

The ear hears things that the eye doesn’t see. So a clunky sentence or a snatch of dialog may look fine on paper, but it may sound wobbly. And readers will sense the wrongness of such a sentence or passage. They may not know exactly why they’re getting a weird feeling, but they will nonetheless, and it will affect their enjoyment of your work.

In addition, in today’s market, with audiobooks making up a growing segment of fiction sales, it would be very wise to make sure your book reads well aloud, as this is the way more and more consumers are likely to experience it.

This is why the second step in my editing process is to read aloud the entire first draft.

3. The Print Reading

After the read-aloud, I print out the entire work and read it on paper.

I don’t know why, but the eye catches a lot of things on paper that it misses on the screen. That’s been my experience, at least.

This can be tedious, as you’ve already written the novel and read it aloud to yourself. The story is not as fresh or exciting as it may be to a reader who comes to it with no prior knowledge of the characters or plot. Still, dig deep and get it done. It will make your work better.

4. Copy Editing

At this point, it is time to let a professional go over your novel. My editor uses a two step system. She goes over the novel, marking mistakes of all sorts, and sends the marked text to me to either incorporate her suggestions or reject them.

Once I do that, I email her the corrected text and she goes over it again, to catch anything she might have missed the first time. This time there are usually very few mistakes, and I either correct them or keep them, if I feel they are stylistically important.

Then the novel is done. It may not be perfect, but no novel is. It is as good as my writing and my story allows it to be. Anyone who reads will be able to judge it primarily on plot and style, and not get distracted by typos or grammatical errors, because there won’t be any (or maybe just a few).

So this is my editing process. I hope you found it useful.

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One of the Greatest Stories Ever Told

Today, I and family, and millions of other Jews, will celebrate Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew. This holiday celebrates, or commemorates if you will, the emancipation of the Jewish people from slavery and their exodus from Egypt.

Whether you believe the Exodus really happened, or you’re of the opinion that the whole thing was made up by a crafty writer (or a number of them), there is no doubt that the story behind Passover (which can be found in the Torah) is one of the greatest stories ever told. Thus, it holds some valuable lessons for fiction writers.

Consider some of the elements that make this story great.

High Stakes

The background to the story of the Exodus is that the people of Israel (the Jewish people) find themselves enslaved in Egypt. This is racially based slavery, one from which there is no reprieve.

These are high enough stakes, but the Torah piles on another: The Pharaoh, fearing the rising number of Jews, decrees that all newborn Jewish males be killed. Now we’re not dealing with slavery alone, but with something approaching genocide.

Rags to Riches and Rags Again

The Pharaoh’s decree leads baby Moses’s mother to place him in a basket and send him adrift on the river Nile. He is found by one of the Pharaoh’s daughters, who takes him and raises him in the palace as an Egyptian prince.

So Moses, born to the lowest social caste, is whisked upward by providence to the highest.

But Moses cannot escape who he is. He is not an Egyptian. He is a Jew. This leads Moses, now a young man, to kill a slave master whom he sees whipping a slave. Fearing punishment for this killing, Moses flees Egypt, and thus loses his high status once more.

A Flawed Hero

God then comes to Moses, orders him back to Egypt and tells him he must liberate his fellow Jews. But Moses claims to be not up to the task, for he is not a good talker. He has a speech impediment. Still, God is adamant. Moses is to be his messenger of liberation.

Magic

When Moses returns to Egypt he comes as an emissary from the Hebrew God. He demands the Jews be liberated, and he must prove that his God is more powerful than those of the Egyptians.

Thus begin the Ten Plagues which fall upon Egypt. Most fantasy writers would be hard-put to come up with better and deadlier calamities, or any that evoke more visceral imagery than the Ten Plagues do. Consider the Nile growing thick with blood, or darkness befalling upon the land, or frogs becoming ubiquitous, or, the final plague, that of the death of each Egyptian first born (which sorts of parallels the Pharaoh’s decree which started Moses on his journey).

The Exodus

Finally convinced that the Jews must be allowed to leave, the Pharaoh grants them permission to depart his land. Thus begins the Exodus, in which thousands of Jewish men, women, and children begin marching toward the Holy Land, the land from which their ancestors had come to Egypt.

This is a hard and arduous journey, but one which has not truly begun until they had crossed the Red Sea. For the Pharaoh, having had a change of heart, has sent his army after them.

Caught between the approaching Egyptian army and the Red Sea, the Jews are in a hopeless position. Then God comes to their rescue. He opens a path between the waves and the Jews march through it to the other bank. The Egyptian army pursues them, but the sea closes on them and swallows them whole.

This is a highly suspenseful scene. You don’t know until the last minute whether the Egyptians would catch up to the Jews and slaughter them.

The Story Continues

This is not the end of the story. This is where, in modern fiction, Book 1 would end. The rest of the tale — the forty-year-long journey of the Jews through the Sinai, the delivery of the Ten Commandments, the Golden Calf episode, and later the conquest of the Holy Land by Joshua — would be told in later books.

My own novels are nowhere near as wide in scope as the epic of the Exodus. And there is no magic in my realistic books. Yet, in every good novel, there is a hero, often flawed, who is striving against odds, to find a solution to a high-stake problem.

Whether you’re writing a mystery novel, a romance, or an epic fantasy tale, the Exodus can teach you a lot about the crafting a plot and story. After all, stories don’t survive and continue to be told for millennia for no reason.

Happy Pesach, everyone.

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Is Assad Stupid or Crazy?

Because if he’s neither of those two things, I see no reason why he would have ordered a chemical attack on his own citizens at this time.

By most accounts, the tide of war in Syria shifted not too long ago in Assad’s favor. With the support of the Russian Air force and ground forces from Iran and Hezbullah, Assad managed to halt the advance of rebel and terrorist forces and has begun pushing them back on various fronts in Syria.

He did so with great brutality, true, but the results are what matters to dictators fighting for their life and the survival of their family and clan, not morality.

It is the reality on the ground that prompted the American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to recently declare that Assad’s fate would be decided by the people of Syria and not be determined by diktat from abroad. To put it simply, neither the US nor any other country or coalition of countries is willing to expend the capital and fighting men it would require to remove Assad by force, especially since Russia has taken on a more active part in the war.

And what would have been the only act by Assad that might have changed that policy? Precisely the one he supposedly took — the gassing of his own citizens.

Would he have not known it? Would the Russians, with whom he would have been likely to consult before such an attack, been oblivious to what the American reaction would be?

And what special benefit would such an attack bring? Assad’s forces have been bombing their opposition indiscriminately with virtual impunity for years now. The world has grown callous to the sights of bombed out streets, strewn bodies, and miserable ordinary Syrians rummaging through rubble or weeping over their dead loved ones. Whatever military objective a chemical attack might have yielded Assad, he could have achieved the same result with conventional weapons.

I’ve heard it said (or read it, would be more accurate) that this attack was meant to terrorize Assad’s opposition, to instill in them the knowledge that he will not be removed and that he can do anything to them. This, to me, sounds like a weak explanation, and I suspect those who made it feel that way too.

Terror bombings do not require chemical warfare. You can do it with firebombs, carpet bombings, or the barrel bombs Assad forces seem so enamored with. Again, Assad has been winning this war. Demoralizing his enemies is not on the top of his most urgent to-do list.

If Assad is behind this attack, then he is either very stupid or crazy. If he’s either of those things, it is unclear why he’d waited this long to use chemical warfare again (after the previous time in which Obama neglected to enforce his Red Line).

In addition, if Assad is indeed crazy or stupid, then the missile attack ordered by President Trump might do little to deter him from further action.

And there is also the matter of Israel.

Israel had largely steered clear of the war in Syria, a wise policy which should be applauded. But it has from time to time carried out surgical strikes against advanced weapons convoys and deliveries to Hezbullah. Each of these strikes was a slap in the face of Assad. So far, he has not retaliated (a wise decision), but if he is indeed crazy or stupid, he might do so at any time. Israel will then respond by massive force, perhaps enough to tilt the war in the opposition’s favor, but if he is stupid or crazy, Assad may not care. After all, he didn’t care that he would be turning American policy on its head, pushing Trump toward intervention in Syria. If he did that, he might act rashly against Israel too.

I hope the government in Israel is taking this under consideration.

Of course, if Assad is neither stupid or crazy, then an entirely different set of questions arises. I’ll leave those to the conspiratorial mind of you, dear reader.

 

 

 

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Bibi Netanyahu Is In Trouble

Bibi Netanyahu is the strongest prime minister Israel has had since David Ben-Gurion. He has been in office continuously since 2009. He is the undisputed leader of his party, Likud. He has the unwavering support of Israel’s most widely read newspaper, Israel Hayom. Polls steadily show that Israelis consider him to be the most qualified person to hold the prime minister’s post today.

Yet Bibi Netanyahu faces problems on multiple fronts. In some ways, his position today seems to be the most precarious it has been since 2009.

What problems is Bibi facing?

Personal Dislike Among the General Public

Bibi is not well liked. He is respected. He is perceived to be a safe choice for premier. But personally, he suffers from a bad image.

Much of this is self-inflicted. Bibi is hedonistic. He likes the good life. He drinks expensive alcohol and smokes pricey cigars. He lives in a villa in Caesarea, where some of Israel’s richest families reside. He has close ties to wealthy businessman, both in Israel and abroad. This is not appreciated by Israelis.

Israel is not a poor country. It has a thriving economy. It enjoys a high level of exports. Its currency is strong, some say too strong. Many Israelis today enjoy a high standard of living. Yet this doesn’t change the way the country perceives itself.

Israelis wrinkle their noses at those who flaunt their wealth. Especially if they’re politicians. Politicians are supposed to lead by example. They are expected to live modestly. Many of Israel’s prime ministers — David Ben Gurion, Menachem Begin, Golda Meir, Levi Eshkol, Yitzhak Shamir — lived modestly and did not acquire wealth. When Menachem Begin, the legendary leader of Likud, died, he lived in a two-bedroom apartment in Tel Aviv, and his finances were far from enviable. He is the most admired figure among Likudniks.

Bibi Netanyahu is not the first Israeli prime minister who got rich on the job, or due to the connections and experience he acquired while on the job, but he is the one now in power, so he draws the fire.

His Wife

 

Bibi’s wife, Sara, is a national figure in Israel. This is unprecedented. Unlike in America, in Israel the prime minister’s spouse plays no social or national role. Most people would be hard-pressed to name more than a couple of former “first ladies”. (The prime minister’s wife is actually the Second Lady, the first being the president’s wife.)

Sara Netanyahu is in the limelight. This is a conscious choice. She accompanies Bibi on many of his formal travels. She is said to have a say in policy matters. It is also rumored that she can bring about the dismissal of high-level clerks and officials. A number of former employees in the Netanyahu household have told unflattering stories about her. At least one of them sued her in court for damages.

The media loves to publish Sara stories. The public devours them. Some of these stories are undoubtedly exaggerations, if not fabrications, but they besmirch Sara Netanyahu’s character, and through her, her husband’s as well.

Criminal Inquiries

 

The police is conducting a number of criminal investigations, at various levels and stages, that involve, directly and indirectly, Bibi Netanyahu.

Some of them revolve around expensive gifts — champagne and cigars and jewelry — that Bibi and his family have received from various millionaires and billionaires. These gifts are worth cumulatively hundreds of thousands of dollars. Bibi’s critics say this is tantamount to bribery. His supporters claim they are mere gifts among friends. These scandals tarnish Bibi’s reputation and may lead to an indictment.

Another scandal involves a taped conversation between Bibi and Arnon Moses, the publisher of Yedioth Aharonot, one of Israel’s leading dailies. In that conversation Bibi and Moses are heard conspiring to advance legislation that would have made life difficult for Israel HayomYedioth Aharanot‘s largest competitor, in exchange for favorable coverage by the latter newspaper and other media outlets controlled by Moses.

The third scandal involves the purchase of submarines from Germany for Israel’s small but developing navy. These submarines cost upward of one billion dollars each. There are suspicions of impropriety in this purchase deal. A good deal of money seems to have found its way into the pockets of friends of Bibi’s, some of whom acted as agents of sorts between Israel and Germany, and between Israel the German company who built the submarines. It is unclear why any agents were needed, as this deal was hammered out directly between the two governments.

It should also be noted that some in the military establishment were opposed to this deal, but Bibi pushed to have it signed.

Each of these scandals may end up in nothing. Each of them may bring about an indictment and force Bibi to resign.

Dislike Among Politicians, including Likud

 

The segment of Israeli society who seem to like Bibi the least are politicians. These naturally include members of opposition parties. But it also includes members of Likud. It is the latter camp which may bring about Bibi’s downfall.

Bibi is a man fearful of his position. He dislikes having rivals. This has led to him having thorny relations with many popular Likud and right-wing politicians, in particular those who were seen as potential candidates for the prime ministry.

During Bibi’s reign, a number of leading Likud politicians have resigned their posts and left the party, leaving a leadership vacuum. On the one hand, Bibi is seen as the Likud’s only viable candidate for prime minister. On the other, he is resented as a man who weakens the party overall by forcing out its most capable and popular members, and who, it seems, is intent on remaining in power indefinitely.

There are no term limits in Israel. Bibi can continue to rule as long as he keeps on winning elections. Other Likud ministers and members would like to one day run for prime minister as well. They have to get rid of Bibi to do so.

Media and Culture Figures Hatred of Bibi

Bibi is widely disliked among the intelligentsia and elites in academia and media. He has craftily used this antagonism, which often manifests in crudely biased articles, columns and reports,  to greatly neutralize the effect these elites have on public opinion, but he has not negated their power entirely.

Media antagonism in particular is something that may lead to Bibi’s downfall, as many reporters are doing their utmost to dig up and uncover any grain of wrongdoing by the prime ministers and his close circle. The submarine scandal is an example of such a report.

Is Bibi’s Reign Coming to an End?

 

Bibi is hurt, he may even be reeling, but he is far from out. He is entrenched in the prime minister’s post. He is the favorite to win the national elections, if they were held today. The right wing section of Israeli politics, which he leads, enjoys a greater level of support than the left wing. But storm clouds hover in Bibi’s sky. Whether they will unleash a torrent which will sweep Bibi from power remains to be seen.

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