The Israel that emerged from the vote is not the rightward-drifting, annexationist-tending, religious-lurching nation it has become fashionable to portray. The Jewish state, far from moving right, turned toward the center. It is tired of the old guard, embracing new political parties. It is impatient with the free-loading ultra-Orthodox who do not serve in the army but do soak up welfare. It has sufficient lingering interest in a two-state peace to split roughly down the middle on the issue.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Bibi, It's a Bitch, Man
So Netanyahu has his "comeuppance" with a weak election result in Israel, meaning he can still govern but must drift to center after embracing far-right and offering no new ideas. As Roger Cohen writes in NYT column, this proves again you can't fool all the people all the time, even in modern day Israel. And Obama and other world leader now can manage a little "smile." More: