Why Generals Are Running Against Bibi
By Micah Halpern
Monday July 8, 2019
I've Been Thinking:
Have you ever wondered why so many generals are vying for political leadership in Israel?
One former general cum present contender was the most decorated Israeli general ever. Another was the head of the Mossad, another the head of internal security and another was chief of staff of the IDF.
Ostensibly the argument is that these former generals want to protect Israel and disagree with Prime Minister Netanyahu's point of view on safety and security. But that's not really true.
The truth is that these generals want to trade in their name recognition for political power and ultimate control.
They may disagree with Netanyahu about a two-state solution or about how harsh to be with Iran, but on most of these topics they are on the same pages with only nuanced difference.
They all worked for Bibi and now they want to oust him. They think that their IDF experience will win over the Israeli masses and lure them away from a leader they perceive to be a demagogue and a danger to Israel.
They want to save Israel from Bibi Netanyahu. And each of these generals wants to be the person who replaces him.
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