Yaacov makes several clear points in his argument. 1. The incident at the Kotel was shameful. And while not connected to the Orange camp, the article in Ha'Aretz this week about the fight between one of the Haredi sects and the Israeli author who wrote a romance novel centering on a Haredi and secular couple further highlights the issues of religious tolerance between Jews. 2. The facts over the slide in Israel's level of corruption are real. Israel has slid from 16th to 28th place. Not a drop off to the level of a third world banana republic, but still a bad trend. 3. Poverty levels are real and disturbing, and there have been increasing complaints about what has been a world-class educational system. 4. With all of the funds and protection provided to the Israeli's living in the West Bank, the bile and vitriol coming from their leadership is indeed both hypocritical and shameful. Regular reading of op-eds shows a severe disdain for those, not only against them, but those in the far-right camp, that don't measure up to the most extreme ideologues. I do question his forecast that the future belongs to them. There are some who do realize that their actions did not lead to success, and that their message is being increasingly ignored.
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from the article: Preparing for the next war