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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Israeli Results: Some Varying Views

So it looks as if we have a split Knesset: right and religious blocs 60, center and left 60. Netanyahu is going to be Prime Minister but he's going to have to cut some deals for a coalition. Here are some useful interpretations, some of them against the conventional wisdom of the general media:
  •  Zvika Krieger at The Atlantic on "The Three Men Who Could Save Israel's Center-Left." He argues that neither Yair Lapid nor Shelly Yachimovich are credible Prime Ministers, but by the next election (and this will not be a long-lived government), three ex-security officials will be eligible to run for office: ex-Mossad Chief Meir Dagan, ex-Shin Bet Chief Yuval Diskin, and ex-IDF Chief Gabi Ashkenazi.
 As its name suggests (it means “there is a future” in Hebrew), Lapid’s party is, literally, the personification of vapid centrism. The only glue that holds it together is the fact that its future parliamentarians were picked at the sole discretion of their founder and chairman.
Lapid himself, despite running for office (tacitly and explicitly) for almost two years now, has not distinguished himself as a clear voice on public policy. On the two most important issues facing the country – relations with the Palestinians and economic policy – Lapid has evaded taking any tough stances. Indeed, he is famously self-contradictory and vague. He is slightly more strident regarding relations between secular and religious Jews, but even here his solutions are usually mushy and ideally suited for politically convenient foot-dragging and can-kicking.
From The Times of Israel: 

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