Theyre just not that into you – Haaretz

Posted By on October 31, 2021

Unlike lawmaker Yariv Levin, I wasnt astounded to read the decision about disqualifying former Defense Minister Amir Peretz from serving as Israel Aerospace Industries chairman, just as I wasnt astounded this morning when the sun came up.

Not because Amir Peretz isnt qualified of course he is, even the Gilor Committee was forced to admit it (Peretz is fully qualified to serve as the board of directors chairman) or because he doesnt deserve the position he deserves much more. In a dignified country, he would be president today instead of Isaac Herzog, the son of. I wasnt astounded because I know who Im dealing with.

The explanation for Levins astonishment appears in his response: Amir Peretz isnt part of the ideological camp I belong to, but nobody can take from him the enormous experience he has accumulated while serving in numerous public positions, including some of the most senior ones.

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Only someone who isnt part of Peretzs ideological camp could have been surprised by the shameful decision to disqualify him. Whoever doesnt see that suffers from selective blindness. Read the Gilor Committees conclusions. Learn perhaps the most important lesson in your life: When youre not wanted, youre not wanted, regardless of your academic title (which isnt in the companys main area of activity), the positions youve filled (14 years have passed since he was defense minister ... the world and society have changed since then) I swear Im not making this up the public work, the seniority. None of them will do you any good when youre not wanted.

The documents five pages read like this: Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah we dont want Peretz. The romantic comedy Hes Just Not That Into You teaches women that all the excuses a man gives you are because hes simply not that into you. This document is the same thing, only for Mizrahi Jews whom the Ashkenazi Jews arent into anymore.

For Peretzs ideological camp members theres nothing more self-evident than his disqualification. Its merely a justified ass burial, as Moran Sharir described this week in Haaretz's Hebrew edition.

On paper, it was the Gilor Committee that disqualified him, but Peretz had already been disqualified. This is what they do to a Mizrahi man who allowed himself to behave politically as if he were Ashkenazi. At least Sharir doesnt hide that this is about settling accounts in the left wing with someone who smuggled himself and his vassal Itzik Shmuli into the government. Sharir had supported Benny Gantzs sitting in a government with Benjamin Netanyahu because unlike Peretz the smuggler, clean Gantz did what he thought was right. Not like Peretz, who simply jumped into the coalition blithely.

And as for Levin and his assertion that nobody can take from him his enormous experience Levin, what navet. With the bat of an eye they took everything from him and reduced him to a Moroccan joke without a mustache. That is perhaps the only thing Peretzs ideological camp excels in. And to think that anyone who today dares criticize Labor and Meretzs strategic choice to sit in the most radical, rightist government in Israels history is denounced as a purist. By whom? The people who only two days ago tarred and feathered those who entered the government in the midst of a pandemic and stopped a host of rightist moves with their bodies. Those very moves are today accepted as a necessary price for the coalitions integrity.

Lets conduct a thought experiment. Tzipi Livni is the transportation and finance ministers favorite candidate to chair the government company NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System. Like Peretz, Livni isnt a member of the directors team, and her appointment also requires the committees approval. In view of Peretzs experience as defense minister, and as father of the Iron Dome (try to imagine the hell that would have broken loose here and in Gaza without it, you bunch of pathological ingrates), its obvious that his affiliation to Aerospace Industries is stronger than Livnis to trains. Now honestly, is it conceivable that the Gilor Committee wont approve Livnis appointment?

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