Long Days in Israel

Published in The Daily Beast

When Prime Minister Netanyahu has no time for questions and Defense Minister Barak dons his leather combat jacket and sunglasses, as both they did Wednesday night for the press conference that announced the assassination of the head of Hamas’s military wing, and when these leaders promise that the campaign and anticipated retaliation are far from over, we all know our leaders are in their comfort zones and that our anxiety is only beginning.

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The Left and Center Vs. Likud-Beitenu

Published in The Daily Beast

New polls are being published every day in Israel joining Yachimovich, Lapid, Mofaz, Olmert, Livni, and Moshe Kahlon (until he backed off from plans to start his own party) in every possible combination, suggesting ever more unlikely alliances that might tie or best the Likud-Yisrael Beitenu merger. Although there is a mathematical glimmer of hope that Likud-Beitenu can be defeated, the final outcome of the January 2013 Israeli election is likely to be a right-wing coalition, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman, or Biberman, as they are now being called.

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