MembersIsrael Must Put Aside Its Egos for the Sake of Unity

On the issues, they largely agree, but Israel’s politicians are letting their egos ruin everything

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: Election
The Israeli election has again been thwarted by inflated egos.
Photo: Miriam Alster/FLASH90

The latest election is now two weeks behind us, and the result can only be described as a political fiasco. Is it not madness that my 19-year-old son, who is in the army right now, has already voted three times, and a fourth election is already scheduled for this year, just in case? The clear will of the voters is simply not emerging from the elections. None of the candidates are managing to achieve the necessary majority of 61 mandates in order to forge a stable governing coalition. Neither Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing bloc nor Benny Gantz and the Center-Left-Arab bloc.

In order to avert a fourth election, the political powers in Israel are pushing in two directions. They are aiming at either a minority government or a unity government. If you ask around it appears that most people favor a unity government. A minority government is very controversial as it would rely on the backing of Arab members of Knesset who view Palestinian terrorism as legitimate.

The wildcard in all of this is the coronavirus crisis, which is forcing...

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