Lapid and Bennett offered voters a chance to break the old divisions between left and right. Instead of hating just one minority, like in the old politics, they showed voters one could hate both Arabs and Haredim.
U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel is approaching, while in the background the calm of the status quo is weakening and a third intifada looms more threateningly than usual.
Government censorship in modern times – be it in Israel, Syria or Iran – becomes a pathetic attempt to turn back the clock to a time before WikiLeaks, Facebook and Twitter, and before bloggers who don’t give two hoots about the censor.
Prime Minister’s Office called emergency meeting of Israeli Editors Committee on Tuesday to prevent publication of sensitive and potentially embarrassing information; MK Nachman Shai: The public will learn the truth sooner or later.
Purpose of unusual meeting is to request editors’ cooperation in preventing publication of affair which could prove embarrassing to government agency.
It’s impossible to sit four years alongside Netanyahu, to be his full partner in his policies and then tell the public that the prime minister is terrible and he has to go. It’s also impossible to join a coalition for a limited amount of time and then leave it and start denouncing it
On the assumption that the partners will support a large defense budget, and that settlement growth is more dependent on U.S. President Barack Obama than on Netanyahu, the coalition debate is now focusing on the Haredim.