The Rise and Fall of Benyamin Netanyahu by David Wilder

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David Wilder
David Wilder was born in New Jersey in 1954, and graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1976. He has been in Israel for forty years. For over twenty years David Wilder worked with the Jewish Community of Hebron as English spokesman for the community, granting newspaper, television and radio interviews internationally. He has written hundreds of articles, appearing on Arutz Sheva, the Jerusalem Post and other publications. David is presently the Exec. Director of Eretz.Org. He conducts tours of Hebron's Jewish Community and meets with diverse groups, lecturing and answering questions. He occasionally travels abroad, speaking at Hebron functions. He published, in English and Hebrew, Breaking the Lies, a booklet dealing with numerous issues concerning Hebron and Judea and Samaria. Additionally, David has published a number of ebooks of photographs and articles, available on Amazon or via www.davidwilder.org David Wilder is married to Ora, a 'Sabra,' for 36 years....

`The Rise and Fall of Benyamin Netanyahu by David Wilder

Posted on January 31, 2017 by Eretz.Org

The morning after the elections I woke up early and immediately made my way to the computer. It was five in the morning here – so it was ten o’clock in New York. The polls were just starting to show Trump pulling ahead. Glued to the screen, I almost did not move until nine in the evening. As each hour passed, and it became evident that Hillary was really going to lose, the sensation of ecstasy rose. Higher and higher and higher. It was a magnificent feeling.

The next day, looking back, I tried to remember the last time I had experienced such bliss. Then it hit me: May, 1996. Waking up, also early morning, and hearing that Netanyahu had defeated Shimon Peres for the Israeli premiership. By a half a percentage point.

That was similarly as surprising and shocking as the Trump victory. The reaction of most of us on the Israeli right, who had so vociferously opposed Oslo, was not only delight; we thought the Mashiach – the Messiah, had arrived.

It took less than half a year to learn, and then try to absorb, that we were mistaken. Bibi was far from being a knight in shining armor.

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