While the left-wing opposition laments what it falsely calls “the end of democracy,” the overwhelming majority of Israelis disagree. The incoming government is not anti-democratic, it is anti-progressive.
Americans for Justice in Palestine Action declares “millions of dollars from right-wing Zionist organizations” defeated anti-Israel candidates.
Whereas the sole glue for Yair Lapid’s coalition was anti-Bibi animosity, Benjamin Netanyahu’s espouses a set of values and objectives shared by a higher percentage of the population.
Those clutching their pearls over the “fascists” poised to join Israel’s new government should look in the mirror.
Now that he has won a clear majority in parliament, he has no reason to cowtow to the left.
Voters expect the incoming Netanyahu government to clean up the mess that Lapid and his colleagues are leaving behind, and to push Israel forward. The only way for Netanyahu and his partners to meet these expectations is by making far-reaching reforms to the legal system.
Democratic Party talking points about a supposed threat to democracy from the right may be the cause of the surge in American-Jewish hysteria about Netanyahu’s partners.
Democrats don’t want Netanyahu or a right-wing/religious government in Jerusalem. But what they really don’t want is for the Jewish state’s voters to determine their own fate.
The real issue dividing Israeli society isn’t former premier Benjamin Netanyahu or the economy, but something far more basic: Israeli society is being torn apart by the issue of national sovereignty.
I believe there is a silent majority of “olim” in Israel who are tired of the same old politicians.