As limited positivity is said about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Jewish Journal, I thought I would try to list his positive actions in the military and economic spheres as found in Wikipedia.
Bibi was active in the Israeli Special Forces, the Sayeret Matkal, in campaigns across the Suez, into Lebanon, and then Syria. After his younger brother, Yonatan, died, leading the 1976 Sayeret Matkal raid at Entebbe, Uganda, to free 100 Jewish hostages, Bibi later founded and supported a private anti-terrorist institute named for his brother.
He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the MIT in Cambridge. Bibi worked in Boston with a significant lifelong friend, Mitt Romney, in the Boston Consulting Group as an economic consultant. He then served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy to America and then as Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations.
On returning to Israel, he has put into practice the economic principles he learned in Boston. As finance minister under Ariel Sharon, he initiated major reforms of the Israeli economy, which are credited with significantly improving financial performance. As prime minister, he fostered further economic liberalization and a free market economy, selling government shares in banks and major state-run companies, easing foreign exchange controls, opening foreign bank accounts which allowed holding foreign currency, and allowing investment freely in other countries.
Wikipedia can only hint that in these new conditions, Israeli companies have come to mainly Massachusetts and New York to establish industries here due to a greater supply of workers not available in the West Bank areas. This has contributed to a strong Massachusetts economy before and during the pandemic.
Another unmentioned recent accomplishment is that the almost fully vaccinated Israeli population now provides the world’s research arm of the successes and failures of Israeli medicine’s treatment of COVID-19.
Leonard Friedman, MD, Middleton