Category: Party Politics in Israel

Hyperbolically blaming Bibi

Mar 12, 2015

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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.

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Experience versus Experiment

Jan 30, 2015

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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.

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Good riddance to Deri

Dec 31, 2014

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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.

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Sane and stable, despite the election

Dec 12, 2014

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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.

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Running for re-election – but against whom?

Dec 4, 2014

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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.

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Livni’s lamentable lawlessness

Nov 28, 2014

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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.

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Natan Sharansky for President

Jun 8, 2014

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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?

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Sacrificing for peace, Olmert-style

Mar 28, 2014

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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…

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Shaked’s uncertain social engineering

Mar 6, 2014

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The new military conscription law is a slam-dunk victory for the Haredi community. There will be no brigades of Haredi border guards; only more Ultra Orthodox insurance brokers – perhaps.

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The Second Coming of Shimon Peres

Jan 31, 2014

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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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