Paul Gross

My positive political predictions for a better 2017

(With hope in my heart and tongue in my cheek…)

Netanyahu decides he’s been in office long enough and retires to write his memoirs (entitled “How I personally saved Israel and the Jewish people from extinction”). Without his election-winning unifying presence, the Likud party splits into a Jabotinskyite liberal faction led by Dan Meridor and Benny Begin and a populist wing that merges with Yisrael Beiteinu. After the election that follows the split a centrist coalition is formed of liberal Likud, Yesh Atid and Zionist Union.

The United States
President Trump has an epiphany after accidentally stumbling across the US Declaration of Independence and decides that liberal democracy is a good idea after all. He disavows his bromance with Putin and replaces Stephen Bannon with someone who doesn’t think it’s a good idea to support and promote fascists.

The United Kingdom
A counter-revolution in the Labour Party deposes Jeremy Corbyn and replaces him with someone who thinks Britain’s place in the world is as part of the West and not alongside authoritarian thugs, tyrants and genocidal terrorists.

Happy New Year!

About the Author
Before moving to Israel from the UK, Paul worked at the Embassy of Israel to the UK in the Public Affairs department, and as the Ambassador's speechwriter. He has a Masters degree in Middle East Politics from the University of London. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem - though he writes this blog in a personal capacity. He has lectured to a variety of groups on Israeli history and politics and his articles have been published in a variety of media outlets in Israel, the UK, the US and Canada.