Whom to Vote for, Part III
Now that the main hand of the Left, the intent to indict Netanyahu, has been played, overplayed and fizzled, let’s look at the media in this election. The Times of Israel has come out crudely and obviously against Netanyahu. The Jerusalem Post is somewhat more circumspect, while Israel National News is right wing. As regards broadcast media, one of the most refreshing things about the US, where the mainstream media is uniformly leftist, is that if you want an alternative view you have Rush Limbaugh on the radio, still going strong, and of course Fox News for the TV. In Israel you have to make do with an occasional talk show on Galei Yisrael and some segment on Reshet Bet, but since Arutz 7 was summarily closed down a generation ago, to the eternal disgrace of the Mafdal which swore to legislate for it and have done nothing, there is no right-wing broadcast station. Internet sites have not achieved the same influence as the air waves; meanwhile social media has supplanted broadcast media and is apparently vital to a party’s fortunes. I say apparently because I have no Facebook or Twitter and I wouldn’t touch them, but I am in a tiny minority.
One party has burst on the scene, namely Zehut, the party of Feiglin. A number of misfits and malcontents have coalesced around Feiglin, whose main plank is a populist and absurd plan to legalize cannabis, for recreational as well as medical purposes. Feiglin, whose mousy unprepossessing face is against him, but who is a bright, opportunistic utopian, may yet turn out to be the kingmaker in the next coalition.
One of the major issues that came up since my last post was the disqualification of Michael Ben-Ari for racism, while anti-Zionist left-wing parties are allowed. This will ensure the speeding up of reform of the judiciary after the elections. See this column for more detail.
It is hard to imagine what all the fuss is about Gantz’s cellphone, particularly since nothing compromising has come to light. This of course may be being kept for the opportune moment. Equally, if Netanyahu made money in a legal share transaction, this hardly seems like a game changer, unless this can be shown to have affected his actions subsequently.
As I noted last time, Netanyahu is refusing to debate, or even answer questions in any public forum. This is most unfortunate since it highlights the contempt in which politicians hold the public. Gantz has challenged him to a debate, which is a bet that he cannot lose. There should be a penalty for refusing to debate, but it is hard to conceive of anything short of denying him candidacy, and we surely don’t want that.
My recommendations are scheduled to appear at the beginning of April.