Bibi’s Bible stories: How Netanyahu invokes holy scripture to justify Israel’s interests
Israel’s prime minister is a big fan of the Bible – especially when the 2,700-year-old holy book can be used to demystify Israeli policy. Benjamin Netanyahu’s Bible citation while defending Trump’s Jerusalem move is the most recent example of this phenomenon.
During their meeting in Sochi in August, Russian President Vladimir Putin presented Netanyahu with a copy of the first-ever Bible printed with commentary by Rashi, a renowned medieval French rabbi and scholar. It was a fitting gift, considering that the Israeli prime minister is known for his fondness of citing the Bible as if it were a UN Security Council resolution.
Following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, Netanyahu lectured EU leaders about following suit. His argument? The Bible supports Trump’s move. “You can read it in a very fine book – it’s called the Bible,” Netanyahu told French President Emmanuel Macron Sunday.
But Bibi’s love for Bible-thumping goes back to the time of the pharaohs.