Benjamin Netanyahu: A Modern-Day Pinocchio

Opinion Monday 29/April/2024 19:49 PM
By: Mohamed Alzadjali
Benjamin Netanyahu: A Modern-Day Pinocchio

In the realm of politics, leaders are often scrutinised for their honesty and integrity. Known for his charismatic persona and persuasive rhetoric, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, has been compared to the fictional character Pinocchio, who famously had a tendency to stretch the truth.

Pinocchio, the wooden puppet who longed to be a real boy, was notorious for his ability to manipulate the truth. Similarly, Netanyahu has been accused of employing manipulative tactics to sway public opinion and world leaders.

Throughout his political career, he has been known to make exaggerated claims, often using fear-mongering techniques to advance his agenda. Netanyahu’s ability to twist facts and present them in a way that suits his narrative is reminiscent of Pinocchio’s penchant for bending the truth.

 One of the most prominent similarities between Netanyahu and Pinocchio lies in their propensity for making promises they fail to keep. Just as Pinocchio vowed to be a good and honest boy, Netanyahu has made numerous pledges to the Israeli public, only to backtrack or fall short on delivering them.

From promises of peace agreements to economic reforms and war on Gaza, Netanyahu’s track record has been marred by unfulfilled commitments, leading many to question his sincerity and trustworthiness.

Perhaps the most iconic feature of Pinocchio is his elongating nose, which grows whenever he tells a lie. While Netanyahu may not physically exhibit this characteristic, his critics argue that his political career has been marked by a series of falsehoods and half-truths. Accusations of corruption, bribery, and abuse of power have plagued Netanyahu’s tenure and by creating more problems to delay his fate in court.

Pinocchio’s ultimate goal was to become a real boy, a journey that required him to learn the importance of honesty and integrity. Similarly, Netanyahu’s pursuit of power and validation has often overshadowed his commitment to truthfulness, his desire to maintain a strong image and secure his political legacy has led him to prioritise personal gain over the principles of transparency and accountability.

The question arises, why do most western world leaders still believe his lies, either controlled by Pinocchio or simply racist!