Category: Party Politics in Israel

Israeli democracy is not at risk

Feb 2, 2017

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Beware a doomsday discourse about depredations in Israel’s democratic moorings. Israel is far more hale and hearty than some of its detractors would have you believe.

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Stop bickering, boys!

Aug 5, 2016

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Bibi and Bennett need to overcome their personal animus, and get on with the business of efficiently running the government with a minimum of mutual respect.

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The malice of Gaza disengagement

Jul 23, 2015

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The wrecking of Gush Katif wasn’t really about peace with the Palestinians, but about the crushing of Religious Zionism. The expulsion was a trenchant exhibition of bleak and vengeful impulses that course through Israeli politics.

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No to a “national unity” government

Apr 17, 2015

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A so-called “national unity government” would be anything but effective. It would be a recipe for national paralysis in every policy realm. Nothing would get done, because Likud and Labor would be tugging in different directions on national, constitutional, legal and economic policy matters.

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Hyperbolically blaming Bibi

Mar 12, 2015

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It’s been a silly and nasty election season. Netanyahu’s opponents have taken to ridiculously faulting him for the most far-fetched ills of this world, instead of accurately and intellectually critiquing him, in proportionate fashion, for his many mistakes and weaknesses.

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Experience versus Experiment

Jan 30, 2015

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Israelis want the vigilance of Binyamin Netanyahu and Bogie Yaalon, not the unpredictability and inexperience of Tzipi Livni, Stav Shafir, Bougie Herzog and Amir Peretz, in government. Labor’s risky, unilateral withdrawal plan would lead to a dangerous security vacuum filled by radical Islamic actors.

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Good riddance to Deri

Dec 31, 2014

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Aryeh Deri’s “resignation” yesterday from the Knesset and from Shas party leadership is just another “stinking maneuver” meant to re-catapult the wheeling-dealing Deri back into the driver’s seat.

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Sane and stable, despite the election

Dec 12, 2014

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By painting Israel’s electoral choice in dire and apocalyptic terms, Israel’s rash politicians are threatening the very legitimacy of Israel. The overheated bombast is bound to reverberate beyond Israel’s borders, and undermine perceptions of Israel as a stable and decent democratic polity. To everybody abroad, I say: Discount the overheated campaign rhetoric.

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Running for re-election – but against whom?

Dec 4, 2014

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In order to win the elections that have been foisted upon him, Netanyahu must run a focused campaign against Israel’s bona fide foes, not against the novice and petty politicians with whom he has been squabbling. Netanyahu must run against Obama and Abbas, not Lapid and Livni.

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Livni’s lamentable lawlessness

Nov 28, 2014

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Tzipi Livni’s fanatic stance against the Jewish Nation State law is grounded in hypocrisy and political desperation. None of the objections to the law justify Livni’s self-serving antics and inflammatory rhetoric.

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