Israel’s Election: What Happened to All the Excitement?

Two weeks ago nearly half of Israeli voters said they were either undecided or open to changing their minds. Today Benjamin Netanyahu will almost certainly be returned to the prime minister’s office.

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An Israeli flag is seen in the background as a man casts his ballot for the parliamentary election at a polling in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ofra, north of Ramallah January 22, 2013. Israelis voted on Tuesday in an election that is expected to see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu win a third term in office, pushing the Jewish state further to the right, away from peace with the Palestinians and towards a showdown with Iran. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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smehgol
smehgol

NO MORE WARS! Israel has ICBM nukes and openly threatens Iran; actually campaigns for war against Iran. Israel, not Iran, is the warmonger. Resolution lies with lifting all sanctions and compensating Iran for damages from the $$$ billions we will no longer be giving the Jewish state. American foreign policy must again serve American interests, not the Jewish state's paranoid pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and apartheid supremacist empire in and beyond the Mideast. NO MORE WARS!

fitty_three
fitty_three

I've seen predictions that there would be very low turnout and disinterest, now it's being reported as high turnout.

I've got my fingers crossed that a saner political coalition will get Israel off it's course to certain isolation and pariah status.

If they don't, however, Israel should blame only itself for what happens in the future.

After all, fences only work if no one's around to toss stuff over 'em...

AfGuy
AfGuy

Maybe, like with OUR last election, people were mildly dis-satisfied with the current occupant but were confronted with such an unpalatable plate of pure unadulterated crapola for choices that they decided to just "go with the devil you know"...?

Sound plausible?

AfGuy
AfGuy

I'm pretty sure Israeli politics has their version of the Tea Party... that would be their ultra-right-wing settlers, wouldn't it?

gysgt213
gysgt213

@AfGuy Hard to believe but there are people in Israel further to the right than Netanyahu.  We all got them.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@AfGuy  

They've got Avigdor Lieberman, an ardent supporter of ethnic cleansing.

The "settlers" have their religion which they say gives them that land.

Hmmm.  You're right.  They are a lot like the GOP.

AfGuy
AfGuy

Oh, I believe it... my wife has a theory about the heat there and sanity. The settlers are like our militia groups, only even more unhinged.

The fun is going to come if the time comes that they start to become a menace to others around them and someone in authority feels the need to reign them in. They will also find out first-hand that an Uzi is no match for an army tank, guided missiles, and F-16s.

Israel have the equivalent of northern Idaho for them to build their own autonomous community?