The right-ward drift in Israeli politics
- Israel's shift to the right will alienate those it needs most by Jonathan Freedland. Extract: "...That Haaretz writer rightly declared that "American support, anchored by US Jewry, is the strategic asset which makes all other strategic assets possible". But that support has chiefly been for the ideal of a democratic, peace-seeking Israel. If Israelis vote for those who display contempt for both peace and democracy, for those set on the path of Israeli self-destruction, they will one day find that essential bedrock of support cracking beneath their feet..."
- Why Israel Has Shifted to the Right by Jonathan S. Tobin. Extract: "...Whereas in Israel’s past it could be asserted that the Likud represented Israel’s right-wing constituency, it has, to the shock and dismay of many in the left-wing Israeli media, become the center. That is not because more Israelis are supporters of increasing settlement throughout the West Bank. They are not. Rather it is due to the fact that the Israeli center as well as even many on what we used to call the Israeli left have given up on the Palestinians. They know that neither Fatah in the West Bank nor Hamas in Gaza will ever recognize Israel’s legitimacy no matter where its borders are drawn. So they have abandoned those parties that hold onto the illusion of peace in favor of those with a more realistic vision while those on the right are now embracing parties like Habeyit Hayehudi in order to hold Netanyahu’s feet to the fire and prevent him from making concessions that will neither entice the Palestinians to the negotiating table nor increase its popularity abroad..."
- Dynamic Former Netanyahu Aide Shifts Israeli Campaign Rightward by Jodi Rudoren. Extract: “...The religious Zionists in Israel, they have many, many debates — debates about education, debates about the religion itself, political debates,” Professor Cohen said. “Naftali changed it. I don’t know if it’s a trend or one time. The ability of Naftali to hold all these factors together, it’s not simple — it will be the main mission after the elections..."
- Netanyahu the Palestinian by Alex Joffe. Extract: "...The Palestinians initiated a zero-sum game that has given him the upper hand. By using the Palestinians’ own strategy, [Netanyahu] has cornered them. After all, genuine peace efforts by the Palestinians – based on a two-state solution with no “right of return” for post-1948 refugees – would enrage Hamas and revive factional violence, adding another self-defeat to an already long list..."