Well, that did not happen.
According to various newspaper reports a number between a few thousand and fifteen thousand misguided individuals did turn up last night in Tel Aviv to demonstrate against the said coup. Absent were the vast majority of Likud MKs and as well other MKs of the rightwing alliance. Two of Bibi’s most loyal lapdogs did attend and by all accounts gave fiery speeches which may have been even treasonable. Point of law to argue.
I am not a supporter of this Bibi. It’s time for him to go home. Write his book of memoirs, rake in huge sums as a public speaker in the US and Europe and just maybe in the words of that renowned elderly London barrister Horace Rumpole, finally ditch “she who must be obeyed”.
Gideon Sa'ar or Nir Barkat are, in my opinion, two excellent candidates more than capable to succeed Bibi. (Hopefully whoever does make the leap will ensure that there is a separation of “church and state” in Israel.)
Instead of demonstrating as if there is a coup against Benjamin Netanyahu, we should be thanking him (and his late brother Yonatan "Yoni") for his service to the State of Israel while encouraging him step aside. Benjamin Netanyahu is not a “bad” person but as we have seen with other public figures in Israel; a past prime minister, a past president, a past chief rabbi, a handful of minsters and numerous city mayors and officals, as I wrote about Prince Andrew the other day, “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
There is much to be side for limiting the time that a prime minister or other elected officials can remain in power.