TEL AVIV -- The Israeli right's current political dominance is fed by a widespread yearning for Jewish roots, a deep-seated fear of Arabs, and an uncompromising mistrust of a "world," the so-called international community, with which Jews have a centuries-old dispute. The left's yearning for peace is seen as naive, if not an exercise in political lunacy (and in either case an unpardonable betrayal of Jewish identity).
A number of years ago, a prominent member of congress, a Christian, was a guest at our seder. Though he was a friend, we had assumed that he would never make it past dessert, if that long.
The more Israel is resented and the more its security needs don't get recognition, the more anxious the Israeli public becomes. Regretfully, once this morbid fear was awakened as a desperate last-minute campaign move, it got the job done.
The belief that the US will effectively pressure the Israeli government to negotiate in good faith is now dead; with it should die the idea that the US must be in charge.
AFP Photo/Jack Gue "Dear friends, against all odds we have achieved a great victory for Likud, for the national camp which is headed by Likud, for o...
Most Israelis now believe that they need to choose between security and democracy, and the Israeli electorate has spoken clearly: It prefers security. As a result, Netanyahu is about to form the most extreme right-wing government in Israeli history without a centrist party that serves as a fig leaf and provides international legitimacy.
In this new American production of the Japanese classic, 47 Republican senators play the roles of the 47 ronin. They too deliberately defy the shogun, played with equanimity by President Obama. But the American ronin are out to kill a policy, not a person.
It carries big ramifications for American politics, the Middle East, and relations between the Islamic world and the West. Most everything will be more inflamed, not least the Iranian nuclear controversy and the future of Palestine. And of course American politics.
More disturbing still is the electorate's responsiveness to Bibi's racist electoral tactics, which suggests that there is an appetite for such laws among a portion of the public.
Squeals of delight rang out from Israelis and Palestinians alike today, as the birth of an enchanting litter of Labrador-Chow puppies ushered in permanent peace to the embattled region.
The Tea Partyers and members of Likud, including Benjamin Netanyahu, give no real alternatives to negotiated settlements other than war.
Besides all of the drama created by dissolving the Knesset and calling for early elections, what was the point if it more or less leads to the same political situation as before?
From all appearances, Benjamin Netanyahu's party won more seats than any other party in the Israeli Knesset, but how did they achieve it? By waving an anti-democratic flag in front of people frightened of their fellow (Arab-Israeli) citizens.
It felt like a long time since the only Americans who paid attention to elections in Israel were Middle East experts and Jews, but that has changed.
AMMAN -- The Israeli electorate had a choice to make. By reelecting a leader who publicly reneged on his commitments to peace and a two-state solution, they voted against peace.
Netanyahu's position directly opposes the American policy in favor of a two-state solution that has been in place since the Six-Day War of 1967.