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Israel's Center Will Not Hold: Time for a Political Cleanup

Abed L. Azab
Abed L. Azab
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Benny Gantz addresses supporters at Kahol Lavan headquarters in Tel Aviv, March 3, 2020.
Benny Gantz addresses supporters at Kahol Lavan headquarters in Tel Aviv, March 3, 2020.Credit: Gali Tibbon/AFP
Abed L. Azab
Abed L. Azab

Because it’s inconceivable for Kahol Lavan to win and it shouldn’t happen.

Bibi went gunning for his only real rivalCredit: Haaretz Weekly Ep. 66

Hatred of Arabs: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought it to the level of an art form. Kahol Lavan built a museum to house it. Even when they weren’t asked they declared that they wouldn’t cooperate with Arabs.

The occupation: Netanyahu plans to annex, and so does Benny Gantz.

The "deal of the century": Netanyahu cooked it up and Gantz signed it.

The nation-state law: The Zionist left started it, Netanyahu passed it and Gantz adopted it.

Swinish capitalism: A large percentage of Netanyahu voters have difficulty making ends meet. Gantz voters – a white elite.

Corruption? Who do you think is interested?

  • It doesn’t interest most of the Jewish public in Israel, and the Arabs haven’t even heard about it.
  • A large part of the “battle” against corruption stems from the racist motives of Ashkenazim (Jews of European origin), who see that they are losing positions of power and domination.
  • The entire “center-left” (what a pathetic joke!) participated in the election under the baton of the great maestro, Netanyahu. Is there any corruption greater than the occupation? Did you hear this word in the election campaign? Of course it’s a shame to waste words on the twilight zone of the left, Labor-Gesher-Meretz, except perhaps for a single sentence. The slate that brought a representative of Yisrael Beitenu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman to the heart of the left, shouldn’t expect the support of the left.

And therefore, the man who entered politics while stepping on a carpet of Palestinian bodies, the man who enthusiastically adopted everything Likud said, when the only difference between him and the far right is the name of his party, was entirely superfluous in the Israeli political system.

Before the September election campaign we thought that perhaps he was becoming more moderate. He started talking to Arabs. In this election campaign he returned to his old tricks and erased them.

I join the call of Nave Dromi in Haaretz (in Hebrew) on Sunday. “And now, let’s dismantle Kahol Lavan.” But let’s do root canal work rather than making do with a filling. Let’s also dismantle Labor-Gesher-Meretz. Let’s dismantle the Joint List – dividing it into a secular part headed by Hadash, and a part – I don’t know what exactly, but one that will include anyone who doesn’t specifically declare than he is secular.

Let’s reformat the entire left-wing bloc. There isn’t and shouldn’t be a center. Anyone who espouses clear and precise principles, wins.

It will take a long time, and maybe it won’t happen at all, because from now on Israel has officially and festively joined the Middle East.

In Saudi Arabia there is a royal family, and in Israel, too.

But there’s no left, no left-center, no alternative.

And incidentally, I hereby declare as clearly as possible: In advance of the next Knesset election, if there is one and if I live so long, I’m starting a party that will run for office as well.

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