Category: Party Politics in Israel

Et tu, Benny?

Feb 8, 2019

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Lt. Gen. Gatz seems to be suggesting unilateral Israeli withdrawals and another disengagement. This is both frightening and clarifying.

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Gantz’s first big mistakes

Jan 25, 2019

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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.

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A Crystal Ball on 2019

Jan 3, 2019

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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.

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Strategy for Likud’s campaign

Dec 28, 2018

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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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Make it worthwhile

Nov 23, 2018

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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.

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Hold the heated rhetoric, please

Aug 3, 2018

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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.

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A crystal ball on 2018

Jan 5, 2018

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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.

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Block Barak’s comeback

Jul 6, 2017

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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.

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Israeli democracy is not at risk

Feb 2, 2017

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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.

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Stop bickering, boys!

Aug 5, 2016

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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.

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