Wednesday October 7, 2015
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Gonen Ginat

Noni's lust for power

Yedioth Ahronoth called it the "Diskin document."

That's what the headlines screamed and that is what was presented in the pages of the newspaper. But a document? What document? Yedioth Ahronoth published an idea and didn't hide the fact that their motivation in publishing it was completely political. The interview with former Israel Security Agency chief Yuval Diskin was already considered a "document." The only thing missing was a request to the State Archives to preserve it.

Still, the "document" is a testament to the helplessness felt by those who once crowned prime ministers and yet had their rule taken from them. Now, they are making every effort to return to their original positions of power, which clearly no longer exist.

It is no wonder that some of the most prominent writers at Yedioth Ahronoth tend to nostalgically cling to the days when they could sit around the campfire; those were the days when the newspaper's management could decide who needed to be set straight.

They already know they have lost the upcoming elections. Now, they are making efforts to produce a reality of extreme coercion of the next prime minister — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu they believe — to form a government up to its neck in coalition partners. They want a government in which the central party — Likud-Beytenu — must pay its coalition partners in hard currency. The believe that such a government cannot survive for very long. After two years, at most, it will fall off the stage, and control will be transferred to whomever Arnon (Noni) Mozes (the publisher of Yedioth Ahronoth) chooses to honor.

No, there's no more ideology. There isn't even an ideological line and there are no values. There is just lust for power and a passionate desire to return to the status of kingmakers.

There is one continuous thread connecting the interview with Diskin and the state comptroller's report on the Harpaz affair, which painted a torrid picture of the relationship between former Israel Defense Forces Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and Defense Minister Ehud Barak: what appears to be the absence of a democratic culture among our security establishment elite. Ashkenazi did not fully internalize the subornation of army personnel to our elected officials. He did not understand that even if he was in the right, though according to the state comptroller's report he was not, he still was supposed to bow his head humbly and do what the minister told him, period. If Ashkenazi didn't like it, he would have to resign.

Diskin also failed to understand that it doesn't matter how distasteful Netanyahu and Barak are to him, the fact is that they are elected officials. He also needs to lower his head and carry out their orders, not vice versa. And no, we are not in a banana republic.

On Sunday, Yedioth Ahronoth talked about the "storm" following the "Diskin document." Unfortunately, the ability of people like Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon (Noni) Mozes and journalist Nahum Barnea to produce storms is not what it once was. The so-called "Diskin document," smeared across a sea of Yedioth pages on Friday, was already being received by yawns come Sunday. There was a quick storm that settled, and then suddenly, another storm broke out with the Harpaz document. And the Diskin story — does anyone remember what it's about?

It seems that Yedioth Ahronoth no longer has the power to choose who will sit in the government. The ballot belongs to the voters.

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