The Israeli Results: Some Varying Views

From MEI Editor's Blog Wed Jan 23 2013, 19:23:00

So it looks as if we have a split Knesset: right and religious blocs 60, center and left 60. Netanyahu is going to be Prime Minister but he's going to have to cut some deals for a coalition. Here are some useful interpretations, some of them against the conventional wisdom of the general media:

Neve Gordon at LRB Blog on "Five Ways of Looking at the Knesset." Several graphic depictions showing that on many issues the new Knesset is not as divided as it's being portrayed.

Zvika Krieger at The Atlantic on "The Three Men Who Could Save Israel's Center-Left." He argues that neither Yair Lapid nor Shelly Yachimovich are credible Prime Ministers, but by the next election (and this will not be a long-lived government), three ex-security officials will be eligible to run for office: ex-Mossad Chief Meir Dagan, ex-Shin Bet Chief Yuval Diskin, and ex-IDF Chief Gabi Ashkenazi.

Raja Shehadeh at The Guardian: "Israeli Election Means Little to Most Palestinians --With Good Reason."

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