In our year of unity (ISRAEL HAYOM OP-ED) Dr. Haim Shine 05/08/12)
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The shocking establishment of a national unity government in a deal
between Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz and Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu has sparked countless interpretations. The moment the deal
was announced, the media began doing cost-benefit analyses of the new
partnership and reassessing the country´s political reality.
The media was caught off guard and ill prepared. This enormous drama
was unfolding directly under their noses and they didn´t have a clue.
In this country, where nuclear secrets are leaked in coffee shops and
restaurants, this political maneuver was, remarkably, kept under
wraps. Diligent journalists, whose proximity politicians normally
seek, had no choice but to report after the fact, giving rise to more
sentimental media reports than objective analyses.
Rivers of fury have been pouring down now that Mofaz has rained on
the media´s democracy parade. Had there been early elections, which
the new coalition deal has obviated, many former media stars would
have been running for the Knesset in four months. Suddenly, old
footage of certain politicians saying certain things is leading the
newscasts, proving that wise people should be cautious of their words.
Mofaz needn´t be concerned. Regardless of the unity deal, the media
will never forgive him anyway for defeating their darling Tzipi Livni
in the Kadima primary last month. But one more satirical Mofaz
impression on prime-time television and that dust will settle too.
The ones who stand to gain the most from this national unity
government are Israel and the Likud. The country benefits because it
wasn´t clear why early elections were necessary in the first place.
The months leading up to an election are days of enormous financial
waste, mudslinging and economic and security paralysis. A broad unity
government has the power to legislate reforms in important areas of
our lives. In one year of unity, we can change the face of Israeli
society, reorganize the system of government and bring about radical
changes in its conduct.
The Likud benefits because it was spared a harsh electoral blow.
Anyone who attended this week´s launch of the Likud convention
witnessed a small, fringe group on the verge of achieving a hostile
takeover and dominating the Likud Knesset list. This is a group that,
in recent years, has enlisted professional vote recruiters who have
in turn registered many new Likud members (many of whom don´t even
vote for Likud in the elections). This growing group is terrorizing
many MKs, who need their support in internal party elections. Under
the guise of democracy, values and the idea of a greater Israel, this
group planned to turn the Likud party into a radical right-wing party
of the National Union variety.
Theodore Herzl, Ze´ev Jabotinsky and Menachem Begin were Zionists in
their very essence. Their Zionism was a realistic Zionism. They
understood that a great vision could only be realized through an
accurate reading of reality. Unfortunately, a neo-messianic group has
formed within the Likud that perpetuates the path of misguided
political leaders between the two world wars who refused to accept
the guidelines dictated by reality. God does not serve the believers,
the believers are obligated to serve God.
If elections had been held this coming September, there is no doubt
that the Likud party would have alienated some of its most dedicated
voters. The Land of Israel, in its entirety, must be rebuilt rapidly
and with determination. Israeli society must become stronger and
restore its solidarity. This is an existential necessity. The
security of Israel is a top priority that can be achieved under a
national unity government.
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