Category: Party Politics in Israel

How to approach Israeli voters in a way that will elucidate and uplift, and perhaps win the race: Focus on the concrete diplomatic and defense challenges looming ahead, and highlight Likud’s strong leadership team, beyond Netanyahu.
Netanyahu has managed to stave off elections for now. He should use the time to restore Israeli deterrence, build in strategic areas, improve civil defense readiness, expel hostile U.N. agencies, and make diplomatic gains. Eight policy initiatives for the coming half-year.
Israeli democracy has strong institutions and foundations, and there are reasonable points of view on all sides of the current debates. Don’t paint every political issue as an apocalyptic turning point.
A diplomatic and political forecast for the year: No war, no elections, no division of Jerusalem, no European support for the protesters in Iran. Perhaps a real Arab-Israeli peace process, with Saudi women driving… to Israel.
Ehud Barak himself is promoting himself with the most violent political language heard in this country in decades. He is irresponsibly using the “f” and “a” words – fascism and apartheid – to describe the policies of his conservative opponents. In my view, this alone disqualifies Barak from ever leading this country again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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