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While Israel burns, the ‘royal’ couple eats at a Michelin restaurant, at our expense

Shame on them.

Shame on us.

In a screenshot of social media video, (Israeli) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara are seen dining at Gordon Ramsey’s River Restaurant in London, March 24, 2023.

“Netanyahu dines at non-kosher restaurant in London over Shabbat” “Opposition slams PM for ‘hypocrisy’ after clip shows him and his wife at Gordon Ramsey eatery, as his coalition advances law to let hospitals ban hametz on Passover”

As regular readers of my rants are aware, I don’t care two hoots for religion and all its trappings. As far as I am concerned it’s up to each individual to decide for him/herself what path to follow.

The problem here is that our benevolent dictator tells us one thing and then does the exact opposite.

It's easy to understand why people are screaming hypocrite at the ‘royal couple’.

Agreed, Netanyahu never claimed to be observant, as is his right. But as PM of Israel (unfortunately) what does in public and at taxpayers' expense, is open to review and criticism.

And while the religious parties herein Israel may well stamp their feet and beat their chests in horror, they will not bolt the government, after all, they are interested in just one thing, money.

Perhaps to ease their pain at the above story, our Crime Minister will throw even more money at these malcontents, these spongers of state funds.

With his antics, Netanyahu is stealing our children's and grandchildren's futures for his own ends.

Let’s give Netanyahu a new title.

From now on we can call him the ‘King of Malarkey’.

Malarkey, for those who don’t know, is described as ‘exaggerated or foolish talk, usually intended to deceive. Nonsense, rubbish, empty rhetoric, or insincere or exaggerated talk.

Sounds just like our Crime Minister.

Can someone explain to me the story behind the detention of Palestinian journalist Lama Ghosheh?

I’ve seen headlines, for example, the two below, but there appears to be little in the way of actual reporting on the matter.

“Palestinian Journalist Released to House Arrest on the Condition of Not Writing on Social Media”

“Months-long house arrest extended for Palestinian journalist accused of incitement”

From what I have been able to glean, 30-year-old Lama Ghosheh, a freelance reporter for various Palestinian media outlets, was detained in September 2022 and placed under house arrest after 10 days in jail.

Her Facebook posts were flagged by Israeli prosecutors even though according to Ghosheh they reflect ‘the narrative of the Palestinian street and weren’t invented from my imagination’.

Ghosheh has been accused of incitement to violence and identification with a terrorist group according to the indictment, which cites her Facebook posts and messages as evidence.

The charge sheet describes her work as a journalist and her thousands of online followers as giving her posts greater weight.

Maybe all that is true. Maybe Lama Ghosheh is evil personified.

But here’s the thing, control, curtailing, and shutting down of social media, public media, and journalism is one the first steps a government can take for asserting forceful tyrannical control.

We can if we wish to dismiss Lama Ghosheh’s plight. But we do so at our own cost.

Who is next on the clamp-down list, me?

I often quote the words of Martin Niemöller in my rants. For those who are not familiar, I suggest you urgently read his “First they came for…” speech.

Recently, Israel’s loathsome, potbellied, foulmouthed, gunslinging National Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir ordered the closure of the East Jerusalem office of Voice of Palestine, a PA-backed broadcaster based in Ramallah. He accused it of “incitement and supporting terror” and said it was not licensed to operate from Jerusalem.

Maybe the above is true; the station however is based in Ramallah, which is under PA control. The office in East Jerusalem is simply that, an office.

Way to go Ben Gvir.

A few days ago in Jerusalem, a group of Haredim rioted over a ‘non-kosher’ phone store. A couple of police officers were hurt in the rampage.

Strange, maybe it's my hearing but I don’t recall Ben Gvir calling them terrorists or anarchists. Double standards? You better believe it.

Protest leader Shikma Bressler was arrested in a judicial reform demonstration.

Judicial reform protest leader Shikma Bressler was arrested on Thursday morning during a demonstration, according to Labor leader Merav Michaeli said.

Michaeli decried the arrest, saying that instead of being arrested she should be given the Israel Prize.

Bressler, a faculty member of the Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at Weizman Institute, has been a prominent speaker at the Kaplan Street demonstrations.

Public Diplomacy Minister (whatever the hell that is) Galit Distel Atbaryan objects to being compared to Joseph Goebbels.

For those who are educationally challenged, Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German Nazi politician who was the Gauleiter of Berlin, chief propagandist for the Nazi Party, and then Reich Minister of Propaganda from 1933 to 1945.

And yes, having heard her scream and shout, the compassion, however painful is not far from the truth.

Netanyahu would do well to remember the saying: "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."

The saying is often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, although there is no evidence that he said this exact phrase.

The saying is believed to have originated with a 19th-century British politician named John Lydgate and has been attributed to various other people over the years. However, it has become most commonly associated with Lincoln due to his reputation for honesty (unlike Netanyahu) and his use of similar language in some of his speeches.

Watching the frolics of David Amslam, Galit Distel Atbaryan, and numerous others in the government, I can’t help but recall Freud and his thoughts on those who shout, scream, and stamp their feet to get attention.

Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, did not specifically define people who shout, scream, and stamp their feet to get attention as having an inferiority complex.

However, Freud did write extensively about the concept of inferiority, and how it relates to the development of personality and behavior. In his theory of psychosexual development, Freud proposed that individuals go through different stages of development, and that unresolved conflicts at each stage could lead to neurosis or psychological distress.

Freud also wrote about the concept of "hysteria," which was a term used to describe a range of physical and emotional symptoms that were believed to be caused by repressed psychological conflicts. While the term "hysteria" is no longer used in modern psychology, Freud's ideas about the relationship between emotional expression and psychological distress have influenced subsequent theories of personality and psychopathology.

Overall, while Freud did not specifically identify shouting, screaming, and stamping one's feet as indicative of an inferiority complex, his ideas about the relationship between emotional expression, personality development, and psychological distress are relevant to understanding these behaviors.


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