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In every sector, from sports and business to culture, there are people who take responsibility, but in our politics no one is ever wrong. Why is this happening? There is more than one answer

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Sorry, sir politician, why do you never apologize?

In every sector, from sports and business to culture, there are people who take responsibility, but in our politics no one is ever wrong.

Why is this happening?

There is more than one answer


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Dr. Molly Bentman and Dr. Moti Gigi

Sunday, 27 September 2020, 00:26

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In the video: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's statement (Photo: GPO)

In Israel 2020, speaking for the sake of speaking only, is perceived as a kind of weakness, a waste of time, barbaric, feminine and troublesome.

In this respect, Israel is still trapped in Chauvinist, chauvinistic and militaristic thinking.

Principles of dialogue, discussion and transparency are not perceived as an advantage in it but indicate weakness and hesitation.

The politics built on this perception, is mainly focused on action and action.

Alongside a dichotomous division of partners and enemies, freedom of action, versus bureaucracy and barriers.

A worldview that is completely opposite to the logic underlying liberal parliamentary democracy.

Thus, when Ganz and Ashkenazi decided to go with Netanyahu to a unity government, one of the reasons Ashkenazi sought to justify this step was "I did not come into politics to sit in the stands."

Parliamentary life, from this point of view, is perceived as a space of idle talk "brain confusion" in the vernacular.

Even the citizens themselves are perceived as having no real meaning other than at the ballot box.

Citizens who express their opinions or take to the streets are always laid back, incited or just plain boring, never active citizens with their own opinion.

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In our tough neighborhood no one apologizes.

At least, not for the sake of an apology (Photo: Gettyimages)

From this dichotomous worldview, which divides the world into those who do and those who speak, one can also understand the attitude of Israeli politics to mistaken confession and have mercy on even apologizing.

The premise is that there is no room to apologize for doing so.

There is no need to apologize for what is done out of dedication and mission.

This is the nature of things.

He who does is wrong, he who does not speak.

Apologies, although they exist in space and even culture over the years, but they almost always exist only as a means, as a tool of public relations.

Netanyahu's use of the story of Yaakov Abu al - Qiaan's death is just the latest example of this.

Netanyahu's apology, for killing a civilian in vain, is not taking responsibility, acknowledging the state's mistake, but a cynical use of an apology to blame and attack the prosecution and the police and especially those in charge, as well as to cover up the failure to manage the Koran spread.

Thus, even when Netanyahu apologized for calling for the Arabs to move in huge numbers to the polls on Election Day 2015.

The apology was partial and mostly no longer relevant, the goal achieved its goals, what is the apology important?

In fact, one must distinguish between two strategies that work in parallel.

The first is leadership.

The one who never apologizes or has to explain herself and her policies.

The second uses apology as a game tool in the house of cards in which we live.

An apology that comes after an aggressive and violent discourse.

First attack and then comes the apology, which serves as an unimportant lip service.

After all, things have already taken on a life of their own and no apology can make them disappear.

Shocked by the massacre in Kafr Qassem, but never apologized.

Ben Gurion (Photo: Fritz Cohen, GPO)

Recognition of the mistake of political leaders is very rare in our political culture.

For example, the sulha organized in Kafr Qassem after the 1956 massacre in which 47 civilians were killed.

Ben-Gurion did express shock at the incident and spoke of Jewish morality.

But never apologized.

The forced sulha meal only sharpened the sense of insult.

The same is true after wars and omissions.

The leaders never stood up and apologized for their failings.

Moreover, the choice not to apologize actually turns out to make sense when considering her contribution.

In 1997, as chairman of the Labor Party, Ehud Barak apologized for the historical injustice his party had inflicted on Mizrahis living in the development towns. In practice, this attempt, not only did not strengthen Barak's status over time, but to some extent caused two undesirable phenomena. A. The apology of the party and made the apology an object of ridicule and also a defect in his image as a leader.

An apology in our tough neighborhood in the Middle East seems like a dangerous gamble. Agreed to acknowledge responsibility for the plight of the Palestinians. The very thought of apologizing as a means of recovery and building a common future is seen as impossible, we think of the reality in the region in terms of zero-sum game.

Thus endangering our continued existence, and therefore as a state or as a leader there is no room for apology and no room for remorse and if so it is only to advance personal goals.

Dr. Moti Gigi is the Head of the School of Communication at Sapir Academic College Dr. Molly Bentman, a researcher in the Department of Communication and the Department of Administration and Public Policy at Sapir Academic College.

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