A “new” suggestion: if Bibi steps aside, the Right-wing parties in Israel can unite and without the ultra-Orthodox form a stable government.
Small problem: The anti-Bibi attitude has as little to do with Bibi as antisemitism has to do with Jews or sexism has to do with women.
The thing the ‘alternatives for Bibi’ parties like about each other is that the others are also against Bibi. But they have also in common, each of them with the others, that they are led by men who are totally obsessed by their leadership qualities and have tried to overtake Bibi — who disliked that.
And I don’t know if their egos are so gigantic or their jealousy.
These ‘Right but not Bibi’ men can’t even unite before the elections.
No, it will be Bibi again (until Barkat takes over — he’s not a backstabber) with the two ultra-Orthodox parties and one more right-wing party willing to swallow its pride and forgo survival for some short-term political gain and ego boost. (Next to Bibi, every leader and party just melts away.)
Meanwhile, when Bibie’s strict with the lockdown, he’s called a dictator. When he’s lenient, he’s called a murderer. When he understands that you can’t rule against whole sections of the population but rather need to slowly influence them and their leaders, he’s accused of capitulation.
He is leading the country with wisdom and capitalism (I dislike one of the two; guess which) and there is no alternative in sight. All the accusations, legal or populist, have no bearing on what’s happening or will happen. It is only his wisdom that makes that Israel will be the first vaccinated country in the world. And only he will stop terrorist Iran from becoming atomic.
And the Left is too pathetic to even play any role. The only quality leader it got in decades is Gantz but he’s now disliked. He’s just too good for them.
IMHO, there are two ways to waste one’s vote: to vote for a party that won’t pass the threshold or to vote for one that will sit in the opposition and is willing to complain for a couple of years on taxpayers’ money.
If you won’t vote Likud, pick a party willing to strike a coalition agreement with it. The never-Bibi guys are just collecting votes for their egos.
Kudos to the Arab politicians who contacted Bibi to get things done for their constituencies. The (conservative) Arab public will finally integrate into Israeli society, not via Meretz, Labor, or the left, but via the Likud.