Fuelling Israel’s raging COVID-19 contagion rate is a tribal entitlement that has become entrenched under the decade-plus of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s leadership.
As this health crisis has been on an uncontrolled upward trajectory for months now, political leadership has been preoccupied with who to blame, rather than how to manage and solve.
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Netanyahu blames the opposition and, most of the time, his supposed partners in his sham of a coalition government. His secular coalition members blame Netanyahu, saying that he has long failed to govern and makes decisions only on the basis of how they will postpone his ongoing corruption trial.
Then there are Netanyahu’s stalwart ultra-Orthodox political allies — crucial to his political survival — who cast the blame for the corona crisis on non-religious Israelis.
In addition to this petty and chronic abdication of duty, there is a degree of hypocrisy among leadership that was previously unimaginable.