Liberman is a political hawk who makes Netanyahu come out a dove. He’s for capital punishment for terrorists and wants to bomb the Gaza Strip back to the Stone Age. Those kinds of stupidities. (My excuses to people with a low IQ.) But he’s so progressive as to want to sit in a national unity government and start separating state and synagogue.
Until the elections, he will receive smear campaigns from both the left and the right. But in the end, the only government that is feasible will be a centrist one, uniting the reasonable part of the left-leaning Blue and White and the sensible section of the right-leaning Likud. And Liberman can then be credited for initiating it and pushing for it.
Both these two large parties have prominent political idiots and experienced liars. Nowhere is perfection.
And still, the more Liberman will be attacked, fairly or unfairly, the more votes he’ll get, the more relevant he and his agenda will become.
Netanyahu lost Liberman and was left with a 61/59 majority. He called elections and received what he called an enormous victory, without Liberman 60/60. He called new elections again and will get something like 59/61 against him. The voters are very clear.
And so is Liberman. He always says simply what he wants. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek or other political games. He always has good press coverage because all journalists know that when he calls a press conference, he will say something substantial.
It is kind of a contradiction. That he left a rightwing government that refused to confront the Junta in Gaza. But he’s willing to sit in a centrist government with leftwingers willing to restart a peace process – may Heaven have mercy on us! But he understands political compromise. You can’t get everything but you should each get something.
And the more Netanyahu vows not to sit with Liberman again, the more that will come true: a government with most of the Likud but without Netanyahu — because he then wrote himself out of the script.
The extremist religious parties have had their time. A smart one (Shas?) might still join any government because one accomplishes more by sitting in government than by grumbling from the sidelines.
Liberman — watch his star go higher and higher.