Tag: government

The Bennett-Lapid government answered the desire of many Israelis for leadership that is neither radical left nor radical right. And it has real achievements.
The newfangled "shelf agreement" concept, which served as the basis for the Olmert government's negotiation with the Palestinians, was strategically illogical and tactically ill-considered. Israel must not again go this route.
For seven years, Sderot residents feared they had been abandoned by a feckless government and an inattentive public. They wanted to know that people cared. Mordechai Elbaz, a third generation Sderot plumber (pictured with me), had his backyard plumbing supplies warehouse blown to smithereens by a Kassam rocket a few hours before my visit.
Had Benjamin Netanyahu taken 12 cabinet posts, fired 11 diplomats, legislated a haredi army exemption, and annexed the West Bank with a government of only 30 seats – the country would have been on fire! Yet the leftist of government of the year 2000 did wildly outrageous things similar to this, and the media was silent. A worthwhile reminder for the year 2009.
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