Aner, the son of former Lechi freedom fighter and intellectual Mordechai Shalev, brother to authoress Tzruya and nephew to poet Yitzhak and cousin to author Meir and brother-in-law to poet and author Ayal Megged, grandson to Aharon Shidlovski, founder of Kvutzat Kinneret, and a mathematician in his own right, has an op-ed in Haaretz entitled, If you vote Bibi, you vote Hamas.
It's provocative theme is
The romance between Netanyahu and Hamas began in 1996. Without Hamas, Netanyahu would not have been elected prime minister.
His thinking goes like this:
Benjamin Netanyahu needs Hamas. He needs Hamas desperately. If there were no Hamas, Netanyahu would have to invent it. He desperately needs a strong Hamas in order to avoid a peace process, and he is doing everything he can to strengthen Hamas...The romance between Netanyahu and Hamas began in 1996. Without Hamas, Netanyahu would not have been elected prime minister...
Even Gilad Schalit's case gets upended:
Last year Netanyahu released about 1,000 Hamas terrorists in the Gilad Shalit deal, and last month, during Operation Pillar of Defense, allowed the organization to accomplish unprecedented feats, such as firing missiles on Tel Aviv and gaining international legitimacy.
And further upside-down:
Hamas needs Netanyahu. Hamas needs to thank our prime minister for his faithful service and for weakening its main rival, Mahmoud Abbas - which would result in the West Bank being surrendered to Hamas on a silver platter. If only Hamas members could participate in our upcoming elections, clearly they would vote Likud-Beiteinu. The other parties threaten to destroy them, or to talk with their rivals. Only Netanyahu does not disappoint. Only Netanyahu is reliable. If you vote Bibi, you vote Hamas.
If Bibi can do this, imagine what real Hamas lovers would bring us.
Of course, his mother's death, of which his new novel is concerned, may have disturbed his delicate balance.