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Lucky No One Blamed ‘Flood Terror’

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Channel 20’s diplomatic analyst, Shimon Riklin, marveled at the beauty of nature in a tweet last week, in which he described, “The water rushing through the streams, the level of the Kinneret breaking records, and Israel being flooded with water as never before, to the degree that it’s giving it to the neighbors.” (Why not add a little arrogance, as if the rain is registered in some land registry under the name of Benjamin Netanyahu.)

Then he continued: “Of course you have to be careful of floods, but why is there no joy in the air from all this goodness?” One must remember that these sentimental poetics were being written after the murky skies flooded homes and streets and people drowned, partly because of official incompetence.

This tweet reminded me of North Korea, where even nature smiles on the beloved leader. Riklin is known to be one of Netanyahu’s most fervent supporters, and such a tweet, coming from such a relentless promoter, signifies the disconnect between the leader and his circles, and the rest of the public. Instead of the leader going out........

© Haaretz