Claiming to have forced Prime Minister Netanyahu to walk back this or that moderate expression in a recent fence-mending trip to the United States, Education Minister Naftali Bennet said in a closed party forum that “he put a bullet between [the Prime Minster’s] eyes.” In a normal country, government officials don’t speak this way. “Don’t misunderstand, it is of course a metaphor,” the Education Minister explained when warned by a colleague perhaps a little more mature in judgment. Bennett then warned the gathering, “If you leak it from here, there will be no more meetings like this.” The story, of course, got leaked. It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry. Surely, some will laugh and some will cry. From the head of a “religious party,” this kind of rhetorical violence passes for political discourse in Israel today by leading coalitional partners and government ministers. In the “only democracy in the Middle East,” this is how a government minister in Israel today talk about a head of state. Anywhere else he’d be removed from office and indicted.