Category: Party Politics in Israel

Now, about that other election…

Nov 6, 2012

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With the American election coming to its nail biting conclusion today, it’s time to turn attentions to the other impending election – in Israel on January 22. The short, twelve-week, Israeli election campaign currently underway is already producing multiple surprises. Dozens of colorful new personalities are entering the political arena. While Benjamin Netanyahu will almost certainly again be elected prime minister, the make-up of the Knesset and the governing coalition are likely to undergo sweeping change.

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The return of Arthur Finkelstein

Oct 26, 2012

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The establishment last night of “Likud Beiteinu” is designed to polarize the electorate and to frame the election campaign as a pitched battle between left and right. Netanyahu (unfortunately) thinks that a dichotomous, anti-podal, fierce campaign posture will bring him more gains than losses. Perhaps.

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It’s the elections, stupid

Oct 15, 2012

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From now until January 22, you have to read every news item with the Israeli elections in mind. Take nothing at face value. Every statement, revelation, or initiative is politically motivated and skewed to influence the outcome of the Israeli vote, or to take advantage of the election season for narrow or hostile gain. Here are three early examples.

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No to Olmert!

Oct 10, 2012

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In search of a political messiah that will mount a plausible challenge to Prime Minister Netanyahu and transform Israel’s just-announced election campaign, the ghost of former prime minister Ehud Olmert is being called forth. But Olmert’s personal record and dangerous diplomatic legacy should rule him out of the race.

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Blaming Bibi

Aug 9, 2012

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It’s silly and nasty season, and with no serious leadership to offer of its own, the political opposition has taken to ridiculously faulting Netanyahu for the most far-fetched ills of this world. All the blaming of Bibi Netanyahu ought to be taken with a gigantic grain of salt.

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Adopt the Plesner Plan

Jul 6, 2012

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Although the Plesner Committee imploded before it could conclude its work, the Plesner report could still be the thin edge of a good wedge, and its basic guidelines for integration of Haredim in the workforce and military should be embraced by the Netanyahu government.

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Memo to Camp Sucker Protestors

Jun 28, 2012

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Memo to the “Camp Sucker” protestors demanding complete equalization of the burden of national service: Get real, and get behind the Keshev Committee’s new guidelines for military draft of the Ultra-Orthodox! It’s the only and best deal in town.

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Buy batteries and bottled water

May 8, 2012

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The bold re-jiggering of the Israeli political map can only be explained as preparation for tackling the biggest of all challenges: the Iranian nuclear threat.

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An unnecessary and unhelpful Israeli election

May 1, 2012

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We already have a reasonable Israeli government that represents what most of the public wants and what is realistically attainable, and the margins for significant policy change are slim.
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National Unity, Now!

Mar 28, 2012

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National responsibility demands that Shaul Mofaz and Avi Dicter take Kadima into Netanyahu’s coalition government, and the sooner the better.

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