How come Jewish extremist rightwing Otzma Yehudit Party leadership seems to be taking a leaf out of the playbook of Arab Palestinian leadership?
For 120 years, the Arab Palestinian leaders around the emerging Jewish State have been uncompromising. All or nothing. For so many generations, it accomplished nothing but they will not try negotiating ever, it seems.
A similar principled stand we see now from the Jewish extremist rightwing Otzma Yehudit Party leadership. They’ve all kinds of [impossible] demands. And when not met, they will stay in the race for Knesset seats although all polls predict that they would not even get half of the votes needed to pass the electoral threshold. These are lost votes that could come in very handy for Netanyahu’s Likud. (Surplus votes will only go to other parties from parties that passed the threshold to begin win. If not, they are lost.)
They could, instead, aim to get goodies from the Likud in exchange for agreeing not to run. They could play hard to get and negotiate really nice presents. After all, a little is always more than nothing at all, no?
But they don’t play hard to get. They play impossible to get. Why? What do they gain by gaining nothing? Have they then not learned anything from Arab Palestinian history? Are they too addicted to playing victim and underdog? Are they more interested to show that they ‘are right’ than in getting anything done in their interest? Do they have no shame? They seem to lack the humility to see that they have no chance to pass the threshold.
Maybe their inaction has the same source as Arab Palestinian passivity — that they have no positive worldview. That all they have in mind is hatred? We see that hatred can make for strange bedfellows. Ultra-left and ultra-right can unite around antisemitism. Maybe, racist Jews and antisemitic Arabs could also see eye to eye? Strangely, so.
Les extrêmes se touchent, the French saying goes [opposites resemble].
But, truth being told, these are just a few extremist voters who would not vote if not for this party. So, no party looses anything if they’re on the ballot. Bibi knows that so he has no need to give them any concessions.
So, their refusal to run makes no sense but neither does bailing them out.
Which wouldn’t stop the ultra-Orthodox UTJ to try make a worthless deal.
Speaking of the Likud, also there is thought (secretly) that hatred unites their camp, especially “Arab Jews.” Hatred, the bigotry that keeps giving.
What a mess.
I like about Israel’s national elections that if you’re not happy with the way you voted, you get another chance soon. And if you’re not happy with how others votes, you better get used to it because it will not change ever.
Please go vote.