We all know politics is a matter of geography. Some say that pornography is a matter of geography. Now it turns out that “chickenshit” is also a matter of geography.
In recent years, the right in Israel has been very vocal in expressing its dismay from Prime Minister Netanyahu’s inability to make tough decisions: no action against Iran, not enough building in the West Bank, not standing up to Europeans and other antisemites, etc. Netanyahu has demonstrated his hesitant nature time and again, preferring inaction to anything that requires a tough decision. And his coalition’s right-wing partners have not minced words when criticizing him about it.
Yet now, when purportedly some U.S. official dared call Netanyahu a “chickenshit” who doesn’t match his talk with action, the right has sprung up to defend the virile masculinity of our Prime Minister. Pictures have sprung up on social networks showing Netanyahu in uniform and Obama smoking a cigarette (or some other supposedly “chickenshit” pose). Ministers have urged a firm response to this insult.
So it turns out that “chickenshit” is also a matter of geography. Netanyahu is a “chickenshit” only if Israelis say he is.