Tag: Netanyahu

Israel should implement policy change in concentrated fashion and plow through the chorus of international criticism. What doesn’t get done in the next 6-12 months will get bogged down in internecine squabbling or be impeded by accumulative foreign pressures.
I told interlocuters in the Arabian Gulf last weekend that Israel firmly will assert its sovereignty and governance in the face of Israeli Arab and Palestinian lawlessness. That is what most Israelis expect of their new government! At the same time, I assured Israel's Emirati and Bahraini allies that Israel will do so without racist incitement and delegitimizing rhetoric, and without crude demonstrations of its power, but rather with finely calibrated tools and from an approach of maximum willingness to dialogue. (I hope that I am right....)
Rule emphatically but be as inclusive as possible. Keep the foxes (Deri, Ben-Gvir) out of the henhouses. Prepare for war the right way. Build in Jerusalem. Engage the Jewish world. And more.
Netanyahu was no saint, and he failed to adequately address several explosive Israeli identity issues. But the former prime minister had a grand strategy for Israel and successfully implemented it, tuning Israel into a regional powerhouse.
A straitjacket “change” coalition would be good for Israeli politics and society. National unity, however temporary and fragile, along with a change of leadership after 15 years, is necessary and worthwhile.
The new coalition handcuffs its rival blocks into near paralysis. Perhaps this will usefully restrain Israel’s raging political fevers.
Supreme Court intervention to thwart formation of a new Netanyahu government would be a declaration of war against democracy.
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