Category: Party Politics in Israel

Avigdor Liberman cynical use of the haredi draft issue to torment Netanyahu has nauseatingly forced Israel into another utterly unnecessary election campaign; a campaign that means months more of deadlock in government policymaking and tons of hateful election rhetoric and divisiveness.
The core cause behind Netanyahu’s fifth electoral win is contempt for the failed Oslo Accords and the disastrous Gaza disengagement.
Lt. Gen. Gatz seems to be suggesting unilateral Israeli withdrawals and another disengagement. This is both frightening and clarifying.
His first campaign advertisements are misfires, at best; distorted and hubristic thinking, at worst. Israelis are not looking for macho-military leaders or for false messiahs promising peace, but for responsible statesmen who aren’t trying to fool them.
A political-diplomatic forecast for the year ahead: Netanyahu wins but his era ends, war in the north, Trump plan fizzle, Supreme Court domineering, and more Jews abroad in distress. But Israel grows stronger than ever.
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.
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