Back to Israel's Political Grind

There is nothing new about opportunism, but this time it has become a value in and of itself. We won’t get mad at Lapid, Livni or Yacimovich if they join Netanyahu’s coalition; we expect it. We’ll ridicule them if they sell out too cheaply, not for giving up their principles in the first place.

Elections, like revolutions, are like a thread of dreams wrapped around the question: “What would happen if ...” The hoping for change, for renewal, for a wise leadership, for an instant panacea for all the ills that have accumulated between one election and the next, are the pleasurable part of elections, like the thrilling wait for a lottery draw. Israel, or at least half of it, was hoping to hear last night...