By Amotz Asa-El, The Jerusalem Post
If there is one thing historians will agree on is that Netanyahu’s fall was not caused by any event or idea but by his character. Even if the drama of these days results in Netanyahu ousting the post he has held for years, his shadow will be among us, perhaps for years.
Even if Bennett-Lapid forms the new government, the chances of Netanyahu’s return are high: the coalition will be fragile, Iran may continue its attacks, and the court may acquit him.
These are just some of the reasons why Netanyahu can return to power. Yet, Netanyahu has been described as an unstable leader, a person who neither accepts his fate nor surrenders.
Historians will likely describe 2021 as the year in which it lost its luster. After 12 years in politics, the tricks of a magician who formed coalitions, defended his opponents and played with rival and allied parties no longer exist.
But the question arises: What caused his downfall?
The downfall of powerful leaders is always complex, but it is often revolved around a mass event, or a new idea. For example, the power of Lyndon Johnson ended because of the Vietnam War, which he did not know how to end.
Similarly, the leadership of Menachem Begini ended because of the Lebanon War. The leadership of Czar Nikolai ended with communism, whose power failed to be appreciated, as did Erich Honecker, Nikolai Ceausescu and the rest of the last communist leaders, reports abcnews.al
Netanyahu’s fall is not the result of any external problems
Unlike Golda Meir, his country was not affected by the Yom Kippur war. Unlike Herbert Hoover, he had no major conflict. And unlike George W. Bush, he was not hit by Hurricane Katrina.
If there is one thing that boosted his success is the fall of the Oslo peace deal. But the ouster of Netanyahu is not something he did not expect. As finance minister, he finalized Israel’s capitalist revolution, in line with the global trends of the last century.
When Netanyahu faced protests over housing and falling food prices, the prime minister withdrew from his monetary policy, for a capitalist method after the 2008 financial crisis. Therefore, the ouster of Netanyahu has nothing to do with events or ideas. It has to do with character.
The character flaws that prompted the ouster of Netanyahu were twofold: social and moral. The number of people that Netanyahu supported, made allies and turned from close friends to enemies is astonishing, reports abcnews.al
These are Gideon Sa’ar, who was once Minister of Education, Avigdor Liberman, who was once General Manager of his office, Naftali Bennett, who was once Chief of Staff, Yair Lapid, who was once Minister of Finance , and Benny Gantz, who is still defense minister.
This is a partial list of people who have lost faith in Netanyahu since the 1990s. Then Netanyahu’s loss of faith had become so solid and widespread that none of his coalition partners believed any of his promises.
How could Netanyahu not realize that leaving out of his government Gideon Sa’ar (with more than 30 members) would make him someone hated?
How could he not understand that Bennett would not forgive his attempt to spread negative news about Bennett’s wife?
How would Gantz forgive Netanyahu’s failure to negotiate a peace deal?
Only an emotionally weak person can humiliate people like him. If he could not understand the shame he causes other people, many have hoped that he could at least learn to calculate how others would respond to his arrogance. He could not calculate this either.
This, then, is the flaw that has devalued Netanyahu’s leadership. The moral flaw stems from it. Because he believed he was the smartest and everyone else was stupid. Netanyahu considered himself omnipotent and for him justice was small, reports abcnews.al
And so, very soon what was described as a $ 1 million gift from two millionaires was discovered to be in fact a bribe. Indeed, comparing and balancing the greatness and smallness of Netanyahu will be the most complex task of his biographers.
His downfall, however, will not be a mystery. It resulted from the arrogance of a great leader who knew so much about history, economics and diplomacy, and so little about people, justice and faith./abcnews.al