Category: Party Politics in Israel

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.
Israelis want the vigilance of Binyamin Netanyahu and Bogie Yaalon, not the unpredictability and inexperience of Tzipi Livni, Stav Shafir, Bougie Herzog and Amir Peretz, in government. Labor’s risky, unilateral withdrawal plan would lead to a dangerous security vacuum filled by radical Islamic actors.
Aryeh Deri’s “resignation” yesterday from the Knesset and from Shas party leadership is just another “stinking maneuver” meant to re-catapult the wheeling-dealing Deri back into the driver’s seat.
By painting Israel’s electoral choice in dire and apocalyptic terms, Israel’s rash politicians are threatening the very legitimacy of Israel. The overheated bombast is bound to reverberate beyond Israel’s borders, and undermine perceptions of Israel as a stable and decent democratic polity. To everybody abroad, I say: Discount the overheated campaign rhetoric.
In order to win the elections that have been foisted upon him, Netanyahu must run a focused campaign against Israel’s bona fide foes, not against the novice and petty politicians with whom he has been squabbling. Netanyahu must run against Obama and Abbas, not Lapid and Livni.
Tzipi Livni’s fanatic stance against the Jewish Nation State law is grounded in hypocrisy and political desperation. None of the objections to the law justify Livni’s self-serving antics and inflammatory rhetoric.
Is it wrong to hanker for someone a bit more stirring as President of the re-born, modern State of Israel? Someone with deep Jewish and Zionist credentials, proven grit, intellectual heft, and international stature?
Imagine that after escaping criminal conviction in next week’s Holyland trial verdict, Ehud Olmert re-launches his political career, oy. Peace will undoubtedly come to the Middle East…
Shimon Peres plans to come roaring back into Israeli politics this summer (when his term as president ends), as the country’s shadow prime minister, to press Netanyahu on the Palestinian issue and to "save" Israel – as only he can. I say that President Peres should bow out gracefully.
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