The Left won’t have him, the Right won’t lose him, but he’s neither
No, I’m not crazy—according to the specialists. I’m just not going with public opinion, here.
First of all, he’s a capitalist. But, he’s a Jewish capitalist. For such people, care for others often overrides other arguments. Look at the corona crisis. Trump and Dutch Rutte stood for pure we-love-money-and-to-hell-with-people. People died like flies. Look at Bibi’s stance. The most profitable, in the end, is to protect people to the max. He saved thousands of lives. That’s one reason he jives with ultra-Orthodox and ultra-left-wing Deri. And he doesn’t automatically dove-tail with right-wing Orthodox Zionists.
Then, he’s a liberalist. But not like those who claim liberalism just to let the wealthy get away with grand theft and tax evasion. No, he’s for marriage equality. He’s for equal rights for the secular and religious. He often needs to flatter and throw money at the ultra-Orthodox to stay in power, but he himself is on the spectrum between secular and traditional.
What about one of his greatest talents that makes him survive politically in the volatile Israeli arena: he lies without batting an eyelash. This is not a character trait. How do I know? He’s loyal to those who are loyal to him. He doesn’t throw anyone of them under the bus. Look at Trump, how he deals with his loyalists (Pens). But, coalition wreckers, he lies back to them as they feign to him. He feints in politics like pro soccer players on the turf. Just like in sports, that’s not dishonesty. Do you know what’s dishonesty? The trials thrown at him based on could and would be’s. If he’d be a thief, he’d not be so careful with not taking, or open about receiving gifts.
You should object that he must be right-wing because he’s for making Israel more Jewish. Haaretz, AP, AFP, the BBC, everyone says that. Ever heard of Jew hatred? The time is gone that the average Jewish Israeli was naïve enough to give away Land for Peace. It was land piece by piece. We only got bloodshed for our sacrifices. See the five-meter-tall, centuries-old walls around the Armenian Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem and grasp how un-naïve we need to be. Well, now, hardly any Jew wants to part with any cm. of land. We’ve learned our lesson. We’re still generous but not with terrorists. We’re democrats and cling to life. The Loony Left, self-hating, Marxist, or Anarchist Jews are anti-Zionists, but they’re such a tiny percentage. The rest are more nationalistic than ever. Don’t blame Bibi.
But, yes, he sometimes seems to have a racist streak. Yet, it only shows with non-Jews. He’s comfortable with Trump, not with Mazen. But, he’s very comfortable with Mizrachic Jews—an important part of his base. And he’s protested racism. Unlike Trump, who’s more at ease with his working-class base than most US politicians for he doesn’t care about humans. Yet, Bibi has angered and estranged Israeli Muslims, the Druze, and the Bedouin for no reason at all. (Yet, he’s tried to help Ethiopian Jews and the Black Hebrews in Dimona.) Fortunately, or unfortunately, subtle racism is not the prerogative of the Right. He also seems more at ease with men than women. That neither is right-wing.
Yes, Antifa, the super left-wing, and all antisemites brand him super right-wing. I think that’s because he’s a proud Jew and not a self-hating one.
Only one conclusion holds: he’s a centrist. For the record. That’s why he’s taking his time to form the broadest coalition possible. And, a broad base will render him invulnerable to partisan blackmail by any coalition party.
One more thing (Inspector Columbo would say): In the last elections, Israel has not turned right at all. It’s still, in great majority, neither left nor right. Rather, because two Arab and two left-wing parties each went to the polls ununited, the so-called right gained a one-off whopping eight extra seats.
An uptick in terrorism comes to warn us to go for unity. G^d doesn’t like Jews to infight. True, the tone in politics is relatively low, lately. We could still lower the attacks from the left of the right, the right on the left, the left of the left, and the right on the right. And we could stop calling ANY Israeli politicians dangerous—because doing so, that is really dangerous.