The Problem With Anti-Bibi Derangement Syndrome

Last night opponents of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu pulled out all the stops in an effort to show that the Likud Party leader is out of touch and on his way to defeat in the March 17 election. But despite massive funding from foreign backers and an all-out effort by the coalition of left-wing parties and promotion by a sympathetic media, the effort seems to have flopped. Only an estimated 35-40,000 people turned out in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, a venue where the left has, in the past, produced mobs of hundreds of thousands to demonstrate their clout. Despite the vitriol poured out upon the prime minister, he appears to be holding his own in the polls with his party and those more likely to join a coalition led by him still holding a large advantage over his chief rivals. That reality runs counter to most of what we are hearing and seeing in the U.S. media about Netanyahu, who, despite the cheers he got for his address to Congress last week, has been smeared as a warmonger or worse by his critics. But at this point, it’s worth the effort to unpack some of the charges being made against him both by those who have succumbed to Netanyahu derangement syndrome and those affecting a more nuanced view of him.

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  • Brett_McS

    This is being organised in part by Obama’s Organizing for America. It would be great to see Bibi re-elected if only to rub Obozo’s nose in it.

    • Exile1981

      Obama is also “helping” in Canada.

      • Brett_McS

        It would be great to see Harper re-elected …

        • Exile1981

          That’s not who he is helping; and unlike Israel if word gets out of obama’s involvement it will help Turdeau not hurt him.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Obama seems to genuinely believe that anyone he pays to be Israeli PM will somehow become a Muslim convert and join the PLO.

    • Exile1981

      I think he’s backing the group most likely to cave to his wishes.

      • Hard Little Machine

        See that’s the thing though. The last time Obama tried to pick an Israeli PM Livni got her butt handed to her so hard they gave her two Knesset seats under a mercy rule. And even if somehow Obama backs a party that doens’t implode, unlike the US the PM isn’t given the power of psychotic autocrat. He or she isn’t simply going to declare all of Yesha to be ‘palestine’. It’s as if Obama is banking on creating chaos and nothing more than chaos, like he has here.

        • Exile1981

          You have a very good point. I think you could very well be right about his goal being chaos rather than a specific policy change.

  • Brenda2600

    The same PAC is organized in Canada through the libranos and the no democracy party. I would love to see these people exposed in Canada.

    • mobuyus

      I would rather see them exposed in the isis terrortory.

  • David Murrell

    Like the phrase “anti-Bibi derangement syndrome”.

    To show how bad it is, here are three op-ed pieces from the hysterically anti-Israel Globe and Mail:
    1. “It is not to late to find Rabin’s path” (by the openly pro-Islamist Doug Saunders:
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/its-not-too-late-to-find-rabins-path/article23320792/

    2. “Israel will pay a price for Netanyahu’s anti-Iran obsession” (by the increasingly unhinged Michael Bell):
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/israel-will-pay-a-price-for-netanyahus-iran-obsession/article23304237/

    3. “Grading Netanyahu’s Speech: mostly poor marks” (Matthew Duss):
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/grading-netanyahus-speech-mostly-poor-marks/article23278600/

    So Canadians are being spoon-fed one-sided anti-Netanyahu propaganda, with no pretense for any reasoned debate. This is the atrocious state of our big corporate media these days.