Yehuda Nuriel – No
At least it was funny. The prime minister stood at the UN podium and declared: “Let’s talk dugri. “
But don’t only take my word on it. Ask those in the know: For example, Moshe Kahalon, Gideon Sa’ar and Gilad Erdan, three senior ministers and future Likud leadership candidates. They have been pleading with Netanyahu to lead a historic diplomatic move. The answer you will hear from all of them is “no” – the prime minister simply cannot do it.
There is only one person in the world Netanyahu speaks dugri with: Professor Benzion Netanyahu, Bibi’s father and the “man who influenced me more than anyone else,” in the prime minister’s own words.
Netanyahu senior holds on to extreme rightist views, and in his opinion “the State of Israel is facing the threat of extermination, not just an existential threat. You think the Holocaust is over? That’s a mistake. It continues all the time.” In that rare joint interview, shortly before he was elected prime minister, Netanyahu junior said: “Any territory we evacuate will be taken by Israel’s bitterest enemies. Likud will not be evicting communities during this term in office.”
This, citizens of Israel, is the rare truth of the Netanyahu family: Not an inch. Not on Netanyahu’s watch.
The prime minister must be happy now: Dad, I managed to secure another postponement. Dad, did you see how I spoke with the Arabs “in their language” and slammed them with this “dugri”? Yet the truth is that all these seemingly Mideastern expressions are a terrible, grim Western that will bleed for eternity.
If you want to talk, talk. If you want to shoot – talk dugri.