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Submitted by yehuda Ben Asher (Israel), Aug 6, 2013 at 11:35

All leaders are representative of their country, not only of the electorate, but of the spirit of the people that they govern. When you say that Israel's leaders have been rotten, it's only because of the "rot" of us Israelis. Rav Kook wrote that a time would come in the development of the national polity, where we would lose part of the land to the Arabs, and that this time would lead to a spiritual revolution among our people and nation. I think that we're somewhere in the middle of this cusp, and our leader, seemingly vacillating on land again, represents us, still vacillating upon the purpose of the State of Israel, whether it is merely a national polity for the "security" of the Jews, or a stepping stone for the renaissance of the Jewish people. The "rot" to which I referred earlier would then only represent that natural development, like a seed in the ground, before the growth of a new tree, spreading its limbs and trees, over the land, and growing roots that will anchor our people in our land.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I disagree. As I documented at http://www.danielpipes.org/1916/israels-wayward-prime-ministers, it's become a pattern for aspiring prime ministers to run right and then, when elected, turn left. This is not the electorate's fault.

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