January 22, 2013 1 Comment
Background: As Israel heads to the polls, Netanyahu’s reelection is seen as a near certainty. This preconceived outcome probably accounts for several reports on the lackluster election season. One outlet claims the lack of enthusiasm is due to a prevailing Israeli tendency to vote based on personalities, with the result that most parties haven’t even endorsed specific platforms (LEFT). Other papers report that Netanyahu and opposition parties have well-defined platforms. What has kept the election dull, they argue, is that a two-state solution is remarkably absent from this election season, which has prevented the opposition from uniting (RIGHT).
Why Israel’s Netanyahu can win without a party platform
“…the Israeli election has seen surprisingly little debate on key issues…it is a reflection of how Israeli elections have become much more focused on personalities rather than ideology…The inability to unite around key issues was particularly evident among center-left parties, who have been unable to mount a serious threat to Netanyahu and his right-wing allies…No other party in the election even tried to challenge the prime minister’s self-proclaimed status as the only leader who could keep Israel safe from Iranian bombs and Palestinian terrorism…”
Israelis Expected to Return Netanyahu to Office
Jan 21 Associated Press
“…For the first time in decades, the conflict with the Palestinians was not the defining issue in the election campaign after many Israelis came to believe a peace deal is impossible. That deprived Netanyahu’s more moderate opponents of their traditional focus for elections and the fractured center-left camp failed to unite…(Netanyahu) has maintained a lead with a message that the country needs a tough-minded and experienced leader to face down dangers…Many opponents yielded the security issue to Netanyahu and instead campaigned on economic concerns…Likud primaries robbed the party of its most moderate figures…could translate into a more hawkish government…”