At a ceremony this week commemorating the life of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, President Reuven Rivlin addressed the chaotic political situation in which the Jewish state currently finds itself.
Israel is on the verge of announcing a third national election in less than a year, and Rivlin laid the blame for that absurdity at the feet of the leaders of the two largest Knesset factions, Likud and “Blue and White.”
“I turn to you, leaders of Israel: You are engaged in long, exhausting, and expectation-less negotiations for months already – stop it!” Rivlin said. “Haim Hefer, one of our greatest composers, wrote in a popular youth song, ‘We don’t want to sleep, we want to go crazy!’ And so, my dears, you have not slept for months already, and it seems to me that you simply want to go crazy. If that’s what you want – then go crazy! But why drag with you the entire nation of Israel?”
The president stressed that there was still just enough time for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and “Blue and White” leader Benny Gantz to stop playing games and form a national unity government.
Later, Rivlin tweeted: “I won’t be exaggerating if [I] say that this is a troubled time for the State of Israel. This is not a troubled time for one political side or the other. This is a troubled time for all of us.”
“I turn to you, the leaders of Israel: You have been negotiating for months, exhausting and hopeless negotiations, stop it! Haim Hefer, one of our greatest composers, once wrote a song: ‘We do not want to sleep, we want to go crazy!’ And so, my dears, you have not slept for months and I have the impression that you are just going crazy want. If that’s what you want – you’re going crazy. But why involve an entire nation? We still have some time and you can fix it. Agree and bring this land back on track. “