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Binyamin Netanyahu is as anarchist as they come

Just how disconnected Binyamin Netanyahu and his Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz really are is unbelievable

At the weekly Sunday government meeting, Netanyahu had the audacity to say the following about Israel’s striking doctors, who are protesting the agreement their “representatives” reached with the Treasury (my bold):

“I understand your desire to improve the terms of the contract, but no one in Israel is above the law. We all must abide by court rulings, otherwise we will have anarchy,” he told the medical residents.
No one in Israel is above the law? Really? I could think of few, mainly across the Green Line, who seem to do what ever they want, wherever they want.

And his poodle of minister, Steinitz, is just as bad (my bold):

“This isn’t a health crisis, but a struggle for the State of Israel’s identity,” Steinitz said as he entered Sunday’s government meeting. “This struggle will determine whether this is a state of law and order, where contracts are honored and court rulings are carried out – or an anarchic state, where everyone acts of their accord.”
Really? It’s the doctors who are the anarchists? Not the guys sitting on hilltops in clear violation of international – and Israeli – law?

The doctors, who earn 30 something shekels and hour? They’re the anarchists? The doctors who work 30 hours shifts every other day, who don’t see their kids on weekends, and do their reserve duty every year? They’re the anarchists?!?

And you have the nerve to talk about court rulings?? As if the IDF follows court rulings to move separation fences, or to quit targeted killings, or to remove outposts!

Talk about “practice what you preach…”

Who doesn’t obey the courts in Israel?

Who is the true anarchist in this land?

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    1. Oh, boy. Now you’ve done it – managed to piss off both Netanyahu supporters *and* the anarchists, who surely won’t take this comparison lying down.

      If you have some vacation time, now would be a good time to use it and get out of Dodge.

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    2. Louis

      Anarchism is principled. The Occupation and the settlers and their Bibiment are not… rather they are lawless… they have sold the democratic soul of a society that had potential to a Satan of Occupation in which any and all potential is being gutted one fascist law proposal and radio closing at a time…

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    3. jay

      Yeah, I think I spotted Bibi on a youtube video, demonstrating in Nebi Salah.

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    4. directrob

      Gee, I wish those young doctors all the best in restoring law and order, it is a intimidating task!

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    5. <<<Resident Anarchist

      I will bite.

      Anarchism is the principled belief that authoritarian relationships should be self justifying.

      "Binyamin Netanyahu is as anarchist as they come"

      I think you owe every anarchist reader a beer.

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    6. 🙂
      OK, OK, I agree. I should have put more of an emphasis on the “lawless-ness” issue, and less on the anarchy-anarchists thingy.
      So, how many true anarchists are out there? Are we talking five beers? Six? 😉

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    7. Outrageous. There are at least a dozen of us. 🙂

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    8. Caro

      Why did the doctors sign the agreement – even Haaretz says it is a good deal for them and patients in the outlying areas?

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    9. Piotr Berman

      It reminds me reading a book on the history of Middle Ages. Nobility was in the period that was described deeply religious and believed that every word in the Bible was a literal truth. Including “all people were created equal”, however, they could not conceive that the latter referred also to peasants.

      Steinitz cannot conceive that taxes collected on behalf of PA are, well, owned by PA. And there was actually an agreement, a contract if you will …

      At least, the government is not stealing money of Sabbath. While residents — correct me if I am wrong, but do they work on Sabbaths?

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    10. Carl

      Ami, I’m an anarcho-syndicalist. You owe me a half.

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