Category: Party Politics in Israel

Seven Post-Election Reflections

Feb 1, 2013

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Israelis are optimistic, moderate and cautious, and they reward positive politicians. But they are also impatient with the country’s many economic and social disparities.

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Lapid and Bennett: The Dynamic Duo

Jan 24, 2013

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Israelis have overwhelmingly rewarded Lapid and Bennett for their seriousness, and their non-sectarian, unifying approach to Israeli society and politics. Netanyahu should respect the will of the electorate, and grab the opportunity to craft a new path together with them. The dynamic duo, so similar in their beliefs, represent the best values of Israeli society and the clearly-enunciated will of the people.

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Political Gridlock and Frailty in Israel

Jan 23, 2013

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The Israeli election result is disappointing and worrying, because of the continuing divisions in Israeli society it exposes, the governmental instability it portends, and the vulnerability to international pressures it suggests. Netanyahu should work rapidly towards a Likud-Lapid-Bennett government.

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Making Conservative Choices

Jan 21, 2013

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The Israeli public overwhelmingly does not buy the well-worn argument, advanced obstinately by the Left and the international community, that the peace process is stuck because of settlements or lack of Israeli diplomatic flexibility.

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Israeli Election Wrap-Up and Countdown

Jan 17, 2013

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This has been a boring Israeli election campaign, with few overarching policy debates and no major surprises. The campaign has mainly been about Netanyahu’s character, with everybody taking pot shots at his “flaws,” most notably Shimon Peres, Ehud Olmert, Yuval Diskin, Amos Oz, and Barack Obama.

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Slick and Threatening

Jan 16, 2013

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By positing that Israel is at an apocalyptic crossroads, and that Israel is pigheadedly making wrong and dangerous choices, the Left is setting the stage for “wiser” actors to intervene “to save Israel in spite of itself.”

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Israeli Election Campaign Flavors

Jan 14, 2013

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With eight days to go to Israel Election Day, this is my review of the political party advertising campaigns and television commercials, replete with 18 full-color photos.

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Israel: Wary, not Bullheaded

Jan 11, 2013

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Israelis are wary of Palestinian statehood (for good reason), but they are not bullheaded or callously defiant. They are hawkish and realistic, not wildly “annexationist.” They want Binyamin Netanyahu, not Tzipi Livni or Shimon Peres, to lead the country because caution, not hollow and unsubstantiated hope, is the prevailing watchword.

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Predictions for 2013

Jan 7, 2013

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Looking into my crystal ball for the year ahead, what I see is a new, broad Israeli government that doesn’t last long, another futile settlement freeze, exacerbated Peres-Netanyahu tensions, continued stalemate with Iran, trouble on the Golan, and despite it all – life in Israel will remain great.

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Netanyahu’s Coalition Nightmare

Dec 24, 2012

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The Israeli election is over. The battle now is over the contours of the coalition, and looking even farther ahead, the makeup of the government after Netanyahu.

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