Assorted Israel / Election Thoughts
Despite terror warnings, Israel to open Karni crossing
(For a recent post of mine on how Israel should respond to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, click here).
2) Many of the political parties, as well as the Israeli media, are billing the upcoming elections as a referendum (over borders, the character of the State of Israel, and the approach that will be taken in dealing with the "Palestinians" and Hamas...).
Yes, it is a referendum
If that's the case, if / when the parties on the national / religious right form the next government, will the media accept the "will of the people" and stop inciting against the religious and the right, as well as encouraging continued retreat and appeasement in the face of Arab terror and begin advocating on behalf of the policies and ideology of the right?
3) I personally have nothing against Baruch Marzel and Hazit or Michael Kleiner and Herut, but the chances of them and their parties getting into the Knesset in the upcoming elections are not very good, and there is the potential, between the two of them, to waste 100,000 +/- votes that would otherwise go to established right wing parties (3-4 Knesset seats).
Anyone who believes that 3-4 seats more on the right won't make a difference is fooling themselves. Oslo was passed by a single vote in the Knesset, and who is to say that there won't be additional votes in the upcoming Knesset that won't be decided by a handful of votes (or even worse, that the right ends up with 58 seats, and is unable to form the next government).
Consider the following:
Votes Received by parties that failed to meet threshold - 2003
[The qualifying threshold is now 2%]
28 January 2003 elections: The qualifying threshold (1.5%) from all valid votes is 47,226 votes.
When Kleiner and Marzel ran together, and the threshold was only 1.5%, they came up 11,000 votes short. In the upcoming elections, the electoral threshold needed to enter the Knesset is 2% (approx. 70,000 votes) and with Marzel and Kleiner running separately, the votes just aren't there.
4) Not to be a prophet of doom, but I imagine that the study: "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" under the auspices of Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government is keeping many members of the American Jewish community at night.
And if it's not, it should.
There are winds of change blowing through the United States. All one needs to do is look at how Israel is portrayed on University campuses throughout the United States (by top professors) and one can imagine how future policy makers and leaders in the US will relate to the Jewish State (and to Jews).
5) I can only imagine what the State of Israel and the state of the Jewish people would be like today if we invested half the amount of energy towards strengthening our connection to our Heritage, to our Land and to our People, as we did towards hating ourselves and trying to uproot our very right to exist.