Don Mathis

Bibi’s Historic Speech

An Elephant in the Woods

With Israel’s elections in just under a week, it’s worth looking at the impact that Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s speeches had (or didn’t have) on Israeli politics.

In short, it’s hard to tell if it had any impact. Bibi’s popularity seems to be up, but his Likud party barely moved in the polls at all. What is for sure, is that plenty of Arab commentators strongly supported it.

So what’s likely to happen? In all likelihood, Netanyahu will remain Prime Minister because the parties on the left are too disorganized to reach the 61 seats they need to have to form a government of their own.

However, in a system with more political parties than most Americans could even imagine (my two favorites because of the level of amusement they provide are the Pirate Party and the Ale Yarok [Green Leaf] Party, whose symbol is the first two…

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