His pathetic attempts at resembling David Ben-Gurion amounted to turning pompous speeches into groaning recitatives addressed at "The people of Israel." The right is always more successful at forging links with the people, mainly through incitement.
The leaders of the Jewish people required inflated rhetoric and empty words to turn the masses of communities into "The people of Israel." Up until 150 years ago, this people only had a center-less religion built around separate communities - including Ashkenazi and "Portuguese" Jews in Hamburg; Hasidic courts throughout Eastern Europe; and communities with opposing traditions in Yemen.
Yes, the Zionist left also tried incitement in the 1990s.
Ehud Barak was borne by waves of incitement against the ultra-Orthodox.
He returned to the good old targets of incitement: the Arabs and anti-occupation groups like Breaking the Silence.
It is worth noting that as long as the pioneering spirit ruled here, calling for the recruitment of people to actually "Do something" for the nation's revival, incitement was of dubious value - partly because of the socialist ethos that shunned appealing to emotions.
Ever since the last election, with the demise of his beloved Iranian hobbyhorse, Netanyahu has been busy consolidating his rule through incitement.
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