Prime Minister Tzipi Livni

Now, I don’t want to alarm people. We haven’t gone back in time. Neither have we stepped into a parallel universe that has seen Tzipi Livni actually win an election.

Nonetheless, after reading the latest outburst of the Justice Minister, I wondered how much chutzpah can an individual person contain? The answer, of course, is similar to the perennial question “How long is a piece of string”.

It takes a special amount of chutzpah to suggest to the main opposition party ‘to work up the courage’ to join the coalition at the expense of another party. Many people disagree with the Labour Party’s economic and fiscal approach, but at least Shelly Yachimovich can be praised for displaying principle before avarice and political opportunism.

By contrast, Tzipi Livni spent the election campaign ridiculing the Likud in general, and Netanyahu in particular. After winning a spectacular six seats, she promptly took the first lifeline that was going in the Netanyahu government. The satire is plain, and would make great stand-up except for the fact, that her track record is littered with failure.

Consider the following:

While announcing ‘significant progress’ in the talks with the Palestinians, she also bemoaned how difficult it was having Bayit Yehudi in the coalition. This points us to two possibilities:

1. She really is making ‘progress’, but seeing as any ‘progress’ stands outside the parameters of the coalition and the Israeli consensus, she has overstepped her mandate.

2. She hasn’t made any progress, but in order to equally scapegoat somebody else for her own delusions of grandeur and maybe make life easier for herself, she is playing politics with the security of the country as well as the Israeli Government.

Her behaviour reminds me of a customer who wants to claim warranty for a broken appliance. The flaw in the analogy is that she doesn’t own the “appliance”. She never paid for it, though she has dropped it plenty of times. She seems to have forgotten that it is the Israeli public that Members of Knesset answer to. One thing is for certain, no one wants her as Prime Minister.

About the Author
David Gross was born in Geneva and grew up in London. He graduated from UCL in 2010 with a B.A. in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He has previously served as Southern Fieldworker of Bnei Akiva UK. He has studied and taught in Yeshivat HaKotel, and currently teaches in Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi. He will be starting an MBA at Bar Ilan in the coming academic year.