Category: Party Politics in Israel

Slick and Threatening

Jan 16, 2013

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By positing that Israel is at an apocalyptic crossroads, and that Israel is pigheadedly making wrong and dangerous choices, the Left is setting the stage for “wiser” actors to intervene “to save Israel in spite of itself.”

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Israeli Election Campaign Flavors

Jan 14, 2013

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With eight days to go to Israel Election Day, this is my review of the political party advertising campaigns and television commercials, replete with 18 full-color photos.

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Israel: Wary, not Bullheaded

Jan 11, 2013

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Israelis are wary of Palestinian statehood (for good reason), but they are not bullheaded or callously defiant. They are hawkish and realistic, not wildly “annexationist.” They want Binyamin Netanyahu, not Tzipi Livni or Shimon Peres, to lead the country because caution, not hollow and unsubstantiated hope, is the prevailing watchword.

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Predictions for 2013

Jan 7, 2013

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Looking into my crystal ball for the year ahead, what I see is a new, broad Israeli government that doesn’t last long, another futile settlement freeze, exacerbated Peres-Netanyahu tensions, continued stalemate with Iran, trouble on the Golan, and despite it all – life in Israel will remain great.

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Netanyahu’s Coalition Nightmare

Dec 24, 2012

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The Israeli election is over. The battle now is over the contours of the coalition, and looking even farther ahead, the makeup of the government after Netanyahu.

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Bennett’s benefit

Dec 23, 2012

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Pundits have got the Naftali Bennett story wrong. The rise of HaBayit Hayehudi is not really about nationalist politics. It is more a social-communal awakening, a re-emergence of the Religious Zionist tribe, with a younger a more self-confident voice.

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Now, about that other election…

Nov 6, 2012

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With the American election coming to its nail biting conclusion today, it’s time to turn attentions to the other impending election – in Israel on January 22. The short, twelve-week, Israeli election campaign currently underway is already producing multiple surprises. Dozens of colorful new personalities are entering the political arena. While Benjamin Netanyahu will almost certainly again be elected prime minister, the make-up of the Knesset and the governing coalition are likely to undergo sweeping change.

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The return of Arthur Finkelstein

Oct 26, 2012

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The establishment last night of “Likud Beiteinu” is designed to polarize the electorate and to frame the election campaign as a pitched battle between left and right. Netanyahu (unfortunately) thinks that a dichotomous, anti-podal, fierce campaign posture will bring him more gains than losses. Perhaps.

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It’s the elections, stupid

Oct 15, 2012

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From now until January 22, you have to read every news item with the Israeli elections in mind. Take nothing at face value. Every statement, revelation, or initiative is politically motivated and skewed to influence the outcome of the Israeli vote, or to take advantage of the election season for narrow or hostile gain. Here are three early examples.

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No to Olmert!

Oct 10, 2012

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In search of a political messiah that will mount a plausible challenge to Prime Minister Netanyahu and transform Israel’s just-announced election campaign, the ghost of former prime minister Ehud Olmert is being called forth. But Olmert’s personal record and dangerous diplomatic legacy should rule him out of the race.

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