Netanyahu the politician shames Netanyahu the statesman

Ari Shavit; 1/4/10

For the past 20 years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been a victim of injustice. When he returned from the United States at the end of the 1980s, the leftist elite treated him with boundless hostility. When he headed the opposition during the Oslo years, he was perceived as an agitator and an instigator. During his first term as prime minister, in the 1990s, a malicious campaign of vilification was waged against him. When again he again became head of the opposition in the early 2000s, a methodical effort was made to hamstring and silence him. When he was elected prime minister for the second time in 2009, he did not get even one day of grace. Although Netanyahu is a deep man and abundantly talented, the general attitude toward him is one of dismissal. Although he is clearly democratic, many treat him as a demon. A system of powerful political and media forces has continually and consistently marked Netanyahu, persecuted him and treated him unfairly. But after a year in power, it is abundantly clear that today, the person causing the greatest injustice to Benjamin Netanyahu is Benjamin Netanyahu.