Category: Party Politics in Israel

Let the lion lie with the lamb

Mar 26, 2021

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Minimal Israeli national unity, or simple political sanity, must override a pull toward the extremes. Unless the Islamists of Raam can lie with the “Hardal-ists” of Religious Zionism, Binyamin Netanyahu has no government. Unless the left wingers of Meretz and Labor can lie with the right wingers of Yamina, the anybody-but-Bibi camp has no government…

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Israeli elections elegy

Mar 19, 2021

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A “sticker song” which rolls campaign clichés and slogans into a dirge on Israel’s political jam. Here is the refrain: How much bile can one swallow? Only Bibi. Anybody but Bibi. I vote, therefore I am. Father, have mercy, Father, have mercy. We all scream for ice cream. Gevalt.

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God’s baleful blank ballot

Mar 5, 2021

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Israel’s repeat, repulsive election campaigns have God at the end of His wits. Might the People of Israel awaken, their purported leaders repent, and a respectable campaign that emphasizes policy and values yet be run? Or may God throw in the towel and cast a blank ballot of non-confidence?

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A Crystal Ball on 2021

Jan 8, 2021

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A political-diplomatic forecast for the year ahead: Fourth and fifth Israeli elections, a rotten new/old nuclear deal with Iran, more trouble from Trump.

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Ten commandments for the new Israeli government

May 15, 2020

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Tolerate no hate. Brook no terror. Beef-up the IDF. Be cautious about applying sovereignty. Resist socialists in government. Repel pressures to free the coronavirus economy too fast.

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Straitjacket government

Apr 24, 2020

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The new coalition handcuffs its rival blocks into near paralysis. Perhaps this will usefully restrain Israel’s raging political fevers.

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Imagine an enlightened Jewish-Arab government of Israel

Mar 14, 2020

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An outline of Israeli policy under a defiantly secular and not-so-Zionist government comprising Blue & White, Israel Beytenu, Labor-Meretz and the Joint Arab List.

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Don’t you dare

Mar 6, 2020

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Supreme Court intervention to thwart formation of a new Netanyahu government would be a declaration of war against democracy.

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Who is really going to build in Judea and Jerusalem?

Feb 28, 2020

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Which of the candidates for Israeli prime minister is truly going to build, and who is going to bury the building in years more of sterile peace processing and doomed attempts to achieve international consensus?

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Peddlers of propaganda

Feb 21, 2020

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Crass Israeli politicians are stirring anti-religious passions for electoral gain.

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