Israel may not have a government, but the election settled one thing: both the governing coalition and the opposition will be led by and mostly composed of parties who range from indifference to ending the occupation to outright hostility to the very suggestion. I explore this in Souciant this week.
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Posted in Israel, tagged Avigdor Lieberman, Benjamin Netanyahu, East Jerusalem, Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, Gaza, Habayit Hayehudi, HaTnuah, Iran, Isaac Herzog, Israel, Jordan, Likud, Meretz, Naftali Bennett, Palestine, Shelly Yachimovich, Syria, Tzipi Livini, West Bank, Yair Lapid, Yesh Atid, Yisrael Beitenu, Yom Kippur War on March 1, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Elections, Israel, tagged Ariel, Avigdor Lieberman, Balad, Benjamin Netanyahu, democracy, Habayit Hayehudi, Hanin Zoabi, HaTnuah, Israel, Jerusalem, Jewish State, Justice, Kadima, Labor, Middle east, Naftali Bennett, Occupation, Palestine, Settlements, Shelly Yachimovich, Two-state solution, Tzipi Livni, West Bank, Yair Lapid on January 25, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
In this week’s column at Souciant, I take a closer look at the outcome of the Israeli election. Particularly, I examine the idea that Yair Lapid’s surprising showing and the broader split between the nationalist and religious camps and the so-called center now makes a resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict more feasible. Put simply, I think not.
Posted in Elections, Israel, tagged Avigdor Lieberman, Barack Obama, Barak, Benjamin Netanyahu, democracy, Iran, Israel, Jewish State, Labor, Likud Beiteinu, Middle east, Naftali Bennett, Netanyahu, Obama, Occupation, Palestinians, Republicans, Shelly Yachimovich, Two-state solution, Tzipi Livni, Yair Lapid, Yesh Atid on January 23, 2013 | 1 Comment »
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Well, here it is, the day after. The Israeli elections are over, but the form of the next government is not at all clear. Most likely, Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Beiteinu party
will form a government with Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party being the main partner. This is by far the most likely scenario, though others possibilities exist, even a million-to-one long shot that Lapid could form a government. Labor is likely to be leading the opposition, unless Lapid surprises everyone and stays out of a Netanyahu-led government.
The new Knesset will be somewhat less tilted to the right than the last one, but this is not likely to make a big difference in terms of Israel’s approach to the Palestinians. Indeed, in some ways, it might serve Netanyahu to have a friendlier face in Lapid to cover policies that might be slightly different rhetorically but essentially the same on the ground. More than anything else, the shift in government is going to be felt domestically, in terms of greater attention to civic and economic issues. Indeed, no Israeli election in my memory compares to this one for the dominance of domestic over security issues.
Given that there’s still more to see before the full ramifications of the election are known, I’ll engage here with a few winners and losers. (more…)
Posted in Naftali Bennett, tagged Avigdor Lieberman, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, democracy, Gaza, Habayit Hayehudi, Israel, Israel Lobby, Jerusalem, Jewish State, Likud, Middle east, Naftali Bennett, Occupation, One-State Solution, Palestine, Palestinians, pro-Israel, Settlements, Shelly Yachimovich, Two-state solution, Tzipi Livni, West Bank on January 16, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
My latest piece on Alternet takes an in-depth look at Naftali Bennett, the rising star in Israeli politics. Bennett is a much more serious man than the last such new leader, Avigdor Lieberman. Intelligent and articulate, Bennett has a much wider appeal and could very well define the future of Israel and its relationship to both the Palestinians and the international community. He is not to be taken lightly.
Posted in Israel, Likud, tagged Aryeh Deri, Avigdor Lieberman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Begin, Dan Meridor, Ehud Olmert, Israel, Labor Party, Likud, Middle east, Netanyahu, Shas, Shelly Yachimovich, Tzipi Livni, Yair Lapid, Yesh Atid, Yisrael Beiteinu on October 25, 2012 | 6 Comments »
I’ve long suspected it, but now I’m convinced: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lost his mind. His announcement todayof forming a joint list with Yisrael Beiteinu and Avigdor Lieberman reeks of a panic not rooted in any sense of reality. And this time, it’s not about “the Arabs” or Iran, but about the upcoming election. It’s proof positive that the man running Israel, and who is going to continue to run Israel for the foreseeable future, is a frightened, perhaps even paranoid, reactionary man.
According to Yediot Akhronot’s web site, YNet, Bibi made the decision to do this because polls indicate Likud would lose a few seats in the next elections (sorry, the report is not available in English at this time). Netanyahu wants to be the leader of the next Knesset’s biggest party, not the second biggest as he currently is. So, he threw in his lot with Lieberman and his explicit fascism.
I think this move is going to backfire on Bibi in a number of ways. First of all, this is going to alienate a number of very high profile Likud members. Some will be seeing this as coming at their expense, especially those in top positions right now who will be bumped at least one rung, perhaps more, lower on the list and in their positions in the next cabinet. Others, like Dan Meridor, Benny Begin and more, are going to bristle sharply at having to work this closely with Lieberman. It would not surprise me to see several prominent Likud figures bolt.
Second, whereas before the so-called super-bloc of “center-left” parties was largely a media invention, Netanyahu has now given it much more impetus. While Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid may still be more interested in making their own mark on the electorate, the more seasoned Labor and Kadima parties are going to find that they have little choice but to join forces now in some way. That won’t matter to Bibi…unless Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni re-enter the fray, which make Kadima meaningful again and would combine well with a Labor Party that Shelly Yachimovitch has kept at a steady second place in polls for months. (more…)