The election campaign machine is moving at full speed. One of its false prophets is Amnon Abramovich, who pretends to be a commentator on Channel 2 news and collaborates with Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, but is actually a failed politician who couldn't win a high-school student government election. All that doesn't stop him from presenting his case, which is as sharp as a bad joke and as old as mold.
Abramovich, like Yedioth Ahronoth, belongs to the old order, that for years silenced the voice of the majority and did unspeakable things to politicians who didn't fall into the "desired" line. Like some of his colleagues, Abramovich grew accustomed to brainwashing the public with his own political views, abandoning journalistic integrity. Now he is supporting Peace Now Secretary-General Yariv Oppenheimer, and even philosophy professor Yossi Yonah in the upcoming Labor Party primaries. This is Abramovich's social-political milieu: enemies of Jewish settlement and radical leftists.
Israel Hayom's entry into the Israeli media scene dealt a serious blow to Abramovich's status. He has trouble accepting that he is no longer seen as the all-knowing oracle, with everyone waiting to hear what he has to say; whom he will protect, whose corruption he will cover up just because they promised to demolish Jewish settlements. Since then, all he has left, by sheer power of inertia, is his weekly voodoo session on Channel 2 news, in which he jabs settlers, the ultra-Orthodox, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other enemies of the Left. There are Jews who go to synagogue to pray on Friday night, and there are Jews who jab their brothers with voodoo needles.
Once again, this Friday, we heard his usual lie about the greatness of the government that struck the Oslo Accords; how wonderful everything was back then, how much money was invested in education (7 billion shekels), in health care (1.5 billion shekels) and in infrastructure, as opposed to today, when every bit of the budget is funneled directly to the ultra-Orthodox and the settlers. Obviously he neglected to mention how many billions of shekels have been spent just to remedy the fatal mistakes made by that administration, with its blood-soaked agreement that invited terror gangs in the guise of freedom fighters into the Land of Israel.
Here are some counter statistics from the current administration: 27.5 billion shekels spent on road construction and trains; more than 12 billion shekels added to spending on education and higher education; more than 5 billion shekels added to health care spending; a further 19.5 billion shekels relocating the Israel Defense Forces to the Negev. Abramovich is familiar with the numbers. So what?
And another thing: What good are all the investments made by the administration of the late former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin if most of them went up in smoke — the smoke of terror attacks and wars brought on by the very accords for which Abramovich is nostalgic? Even the last two wars, which Abramovich incessantly complains about — and let us not forget the near-daily rocket fire on Israel's southern towns — are a direct result of the foolish unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, which Abramovich wholly supported and sacrificed his journalistic integrity to defend.
The current government, as Vice Premier Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon once said, was left to clean up the bloody messes left behind by doves like Abramovich, Labor Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Oppenheimer and other delusional individuals. And Abramovich is the man who purports to interpret reality for the benefit of the public. What a bad joke.