In political masterstroke, an example of out-of-the-box thinking (ISRAEL HAYOM) Amos Regev 05/09/12)
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Shaul Mofaz and Benjamin Netanyahu vexed all those who tried pushing
them into a no-win situation. Instead, they provided a solution by
redefining the problem. They pulled the plug, they changed the rules,
and they won.
With the situation collapsing all around him and his ship on the
verge of crashing, the captain and his crew were on the precipice of
certain death. It was at that moment that the young cadet, James T.
Kirk, pulled the plug on the computer, and the lights in the training
room switched on. The exercise was over, and cadet Kirk — eventually
Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise — had become the first cadet
in Starfleet Academy to stay alive during the Kobayshi Maru, the
final test in officer training school. All his predecessors had
crashed, and perished, during the exercise that tests a candidate´s
mettle when faced with a no-win scenario. Among Star Trek fans, the
Kobayashi Maru is often referenced with regard to one´s ability to
provide a solution by redefining the problem. Cadet Kirk changed the
rules of the game and stayed alive. He made himself a winner.
That, in a nutshell, is the lesson we learn from Captain Kirk
throughout his intergalactic career: There is no such thing as a no-
win situation. That Star Trek episode is a little more complicated
than the description above (cadet Kirk actually reprograms the test
simulation), but what is important is the principle it portrays.
And that, in a nutshell, also sums up the last-minute maneuver
executed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima Chairman
Shaul Mofaz during the early hours of Tuesday morning. The two had
found themselves players in a game whose rules were being written by
others: bystanders with vested interests, politicians and
journalists. Mofaz was supposed to be politically wiped out,
Netanyahu was to be worn down, and others were to become the heroes
of the day. So what did Netanyahu and Mofaz do? They pulled the plug,
they changed the rules, and they won.
Let´s start with Mofaz: About a month after his victory in the Kadima
primaries, and after democratically defeating his predecessor, Tzipi
Livni, who had failed, he found himself with his lines of defense
broken. His bunker was caving in, his troops were in retreat, with
his enemies closing in, set to administer the final death blow.
Livni, with the aid of vested individuals and supportive journalists,
was once again being painted as the Great White Hope. Mofaz was a
mere step away from political oblivion.
At the last minute, the former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff
and minister of defense managed to read the battlefield conditions
correctly, making the one bold move that would keep him alive. What
did they expect him to do, commit suicide to cheers of "Bravo,
Netanyahu, for his part, arrived on the scene from an entirely
different direction. Despite the flattering approval ratings at his
back, he was facing minefields everywhere, from the political-defense
arena to the economy, and within his own party. And above all else,
there is the uncertainty surrounding the Iranian issue, as well as
the political and economic developments in Europe.
From the beginning, the prime minister wanted stability in order to
deal with these matters. It was others who tried pushing Netanyahu
toward early elections, all the while hoping he would drown in the
stormy seas they had stirred up around him.
Thus was born the Netanyahu-Mofaz partnership. This is why the unity
government was formed. Ironically then, it was the ships of those who
tried dictating the rules that, in one fell swoop, were sunk at sea.
This is how political journalists and super-pundits found themselves
having to admit — despite their arrogance — that they didn´t have a
clue as to what was happening; that the main actors refused to play
the roles others had written for them, and simply pulled the plug out
of the socket. Netanyahu and Mofaz thought outside of the box, like
Captain Kirk did.
By the way, just to reassure the pundits and journalists, this move
is good for Israel, for the Israeli public, and creates real
opportunity in almost every single area that needs care. Stability is
always preferable over instability, unless one wishes to sing "The
world is about to change its foundation" from "The Internationale"
anthem, and create a new world in one´s own image.
By all means, those who wish this should try and create that new
world — in the next elections.
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