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Oy Givalt, Bibi's Back

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Nov 5, 2022 at 14:26

Here is an extremely revealing article from American left of center New York serial:

"The Aftermath of Israel's Gevalt Election"
"Benjamin Netanyahu's orchestration of a union between two ultranationalist groups will likely return him to power and may allow him to escape prosecution." By Ruth Margalit | November 4, 2022

I wish to remind your readers of 2 things: (1) That a Republic is not a Democracy - between the People and the State are its Representatives in a Senate, Parliament, or Knesset, and (2) That there is a significant difference between a Presidential (Executive) and Parliamentary (Legislative) system; the former is well exemplified by the USA while the latter by the UK & Israel.

Now as for the topic of this article, basically advocating for an Israeli Victory. You, Dr. Daniel Pipes, in an earlier post, as I recall, recommended that Bibi take his back seat and retire as PM; but he's back. So what say you now?

The New Yorker, which posted the article I cite above, apparently is typical of the anti-Right views of Left of Center dislike of Bibi's new 2 (Extreme) Right Wing side kicks. But it seems to me that the Israeli electorate, whatever its faults, has made it choice in a "democratic" fashion. And it seems to me that these two Israeli characters are exactly what Israel needs to pull of your views that Israel achieve a Victory over the Palestinians. Oy Gevalt? No. What we Jews need of more of is Chutzpah!


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Why ​I am unhappy about the new Israeli government:

  • Netanyahu's increasingly repulsive character and behavior, especially the way he betrayed so many of his associates and allies
  • His three major court cases
  • His bringing extremists into the mainstream ​​at the expense of moderates such as Lieberman and Saar
  • ​His ​bringing the Haredi parties back into government
  • His rejection of Ra'am, the moderating Israeli Muslim political party
  • His ineffectiveness vis-à-vis the Palestinian Authority and Hamas
  • His failure to deal with the Iranian threat
  • His likely troubled relations with the Biden administration and American Jewry

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