Category: Party Politics in Israel

Celebrating Deri’s downfall

Oct 23, 2013

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Aryeh Deri’s defeat in Jerusalem is the most important result of yesterday’s nation-wide municipal elections. Deri concocted Moshe Leon’s implausible candidacy, sold it to Lieberman, and promised to deliver the goods through massive Haredi support for Leon – all for greater self-aggrandizement of Aryeh Deri.

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Sinat chinam syndrome

Jul 15, 2013

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The disgraceful level to which our politicians and rabbis have sunk over the past year is alarming. Moderation, nuance, restraint and reasonableness have become orphan concepts in this country’s political landscape. The prevailing culture is kasach – unbridled, untamed confrontation.

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Beware of Baba Arye

May 9, 2013

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Arye Deri is back as the top gun in Shas, and that is bad news for just about everybody in this country because Deri is shady, retrogressive, and a purveyor of hate.

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A good government, after all

Mar 21, 2013

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Before latching onto every extremist, ambitious statement from one new Israeli minister or another as a sign of disaster, give the new Israeli government some time to get its act together and craft consensus policy. The coalition is actually is a breath of fresh air — surprising, enlivening and promising.

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End the Haredi chokehold on Israeli politics

Feb 5, 2013

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Bennett should not back down on the draft issue in the face of Haredi threats, because rolling back Ultra-Orthodox influence on matters of religion and state is critical to the health and unity of this country.

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Seven Post-Election Reflections

Feb 1, 2013

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Israelis are optimistic, moderate and cautious, and they reward positive politicians. But they are also impatient with the country’s many economic and social disparities.

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Lapid and Bennett: The Dynamic Duo

Jan 24, 2013

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Israelis have overwhelmingly rewarded Lapid and Bennett for their seriousness, and their non-sectarian, unifying approach to Israeli society and politics. Netanyahu should respect the will of the electorate, and grab the opportunity to craft a new path together with them. The dynamic duo, so similar in their beliefs, represent the best values of Israeli society and the clearly-enunciated will of the people.

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Political Gridlock and Frailty in Israel

Jan 23, 2013

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The Israeli election result is disappointing and worrying, because of the continuing divisions in Israeli society it exposes, the governmental instability it portends, and the vulnerability to international pressures it suggests. Netanyahu should work rapidly towards a Likud-Lapid-Bennett government.

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Making Conservative Choices

Jan 21, 2013

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The Israeli public overwhelmingly does not buy the well-worn argument, advanced obstinately by the Left and the international community, that the peace process is stuck because of settlements or lack of Israeli diplomatic flexibility.

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Israeli Election Wrap-Up and Countdown

Jan 17, 2013

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This has been a boring Israeli election campaign, with few overarching policy debates and no major surprises. The campaign has mainly been about Netanyahu’s character, with everybody taking pot shots at his “flaws,” most notably Shimon Peres, Ehud Olmert, Yuval Diskin, Amos Oz, and Barack Obama.

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