Rivlin Should Already be Jealous of Azariya

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House (www.heritagehouse.org.il) and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives (www.youngjewishconservatives.org). He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

As disappointing as it is to hear that Israeli President Ruvi Rivlin has rejected the opportunity to pardon (absurdly) imprisoned soldier Elor Azariya, it should come as no surprise. Rivlin has been a disaster ever since becoming President, making more ridiculous statements than perhaps even Shimon Peres, his immediate predecessor. Quite frankly its been a sad display to watch someone ruin any chance at a lasting legacy on a daily basis. 

In this way, Rivlin has mimicked the disastrous way of Ariel Sharon. Both had strong legacies to look forward to and subsequently destroyed them. Whether the idea was to ingratiate themselves to the left and/or a bizarre, misplaced belief that the right would never abandon them regardless of their evil actions, its difficult to fathom exactly what these two were thinking. But it doesn't really matter either. The damage is done.

Sharon was fortunate to slip into the coma after the cursed Disengagement, but Rivlin is still parading around as if anyone takes him seriously. This parade, at least as it pertains to the right-wing community, should be heavily rained on. Rivlin should be effectively banned from all events, especially shivas. What we couldn't do to Sharon in his lifetime, should be done to Rivlin. President persona non grata. Let the left invite him to events, they won't. He will be alone, a place he deserves to be. 

Actions have consequences. Its time gets a taste of what is waiting for him in the future: a disgraced name with no lasting positive legacy. He has no one to blame but himself. Elor Azariya, whether he leaves jail tomorrow (G-d willing) or serves out the rest of his sentence (G-d forbid), will always be remembered as a hero who killed a terrorist in Hevron. Rivlin should already be jealous. 

Chodesh Tov,

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem