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Subject: Israel with Netanyahu at the helm
Necromancer    2/22/2009 12:00:33 AM
Action or bluster? Anyone have any opinions.
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battar    Their hearts and minds   2/22/2009 1:57:58 PM
As the saying goes, when you grab them by the ball, their hearts and minds will follow.
Apparantly Ms Livni has not been out of kindergarten long enough to put the greater interests of stable government before her own ego. So Israel will not have a unity government with either experienced politicians or spineless "yes-men" as ministers (the latter doing what the experienced politicians tell them).  Instead, Israel will be governed by an experienced politician with a bunch of opinionated and bigoted, loudmouths with their political teeth sunk firmly in Mr Netanyahu's testicles.
Well , it might not be as bad as all that, but thats the simplified way I see it.
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Shirrush       2/23/2009 2:48:57 AM
Well put Battar!
Get ready for the next elections...
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strat-T21C    Oh boy!   2/24/2009 11:49:22 AM

Action or bluster? Anyone have any opinions.
Is he really what is needed at this time?

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Ezekiel    The best of the worst   2/24/2009 3:24:36 PM
It is safe to say that Israel has a leadership crisis...
After the Kadima circus...a push to the ideologues is understandable if not wise. Problem is that the defunct Israeli political structure (coalitions/no separation of powers/no constituency representation) coupled with Israel's brand of mediocre leaders makes for a cynical equation that equals Netanyahu as Israel's best hope.
On a more personal level, I am of the opinion that the Israeli political culture has failed to develop a cogent and unifying conservatism, leaving 60 yrs of Israeli progressives ruling supreme and without a counterweight (real political opposition) has run amuck. Thus we have the right in Israel actually winning in the election. But as 6 seperate parties.
The question whether it is the culture that produces the leaders or the leaders that provide for the culture is a timeless ponundrum. My inclination is to veer on the side of the former...which forces me to ask the looming question... what is wrong today in Israel's culture that refuses them adequate leaders and a balanced political spectrum.
Thus I talk about a retarded and historically lopsided political dialogue (my left-right point I made in the above paragraph) which is my contention has provided for an Israeli political narrative that has a vacuum of ideas and a troublesome election outcome.
Netanyahu is of this same defective breed, but he has experience, has been in exile for a decade and saved an economy in the middle of it. His greatest attribute is his threat perception of Iran and wants free market economy, his worst is that he is bibi (Israeli's will get that one). And b/c the alternative...Livni. Her election to the PM would be an outright disaster and insure war.
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