web analytics
April 23, 2014 / 23 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

The Paradox Of Israeli Politics: Vote Right, Get Left

Share Button

Many supporters of Israel are bedeviled by a glaring contradiction in Israeli political life. How can it be that, regardless of which party wins an election, leftist policies are invariably implemented?

Since 1977 Likud has won several elections based on a platform of a Greater Israel. Nevertheless, it was under Likud Prime Minister Menachem Begin that the entire Sinai was relinquished.

There are many other substantive examples of leftist policies routinely supplanting right-wing electoral successes, but two in particular stand out:

1. Likud’s Ariel Sharon was elected prime minister on February 6, 2001 by a landslide margin. His win should have handed Sharon a mandate to govern from the right, regardless of outside pressures.

However, the policies of appeasement were in full swing during Sharon’s first year in office. The hawkish general nicknamed “the Bulldozer” was nowhere to be found as the Second Intifada raged.

It was only after Arab suicide bombings became more and more brazen and the death toll became intolerable to the general public that Operation Defensive Shield was belatedly launched on March 29, 2002.

2. Similarly, Sharon, who earlier in his career had been dubbed the “settlement builder,” executed the wholesale destruction of Gush Katif and communities in the northern Shomron, uprooting thousands of Jews from their homes.

The expulsion/destruction took place despite a Likud-led referendum (held only after a massive nationalist outcry) that should have halted the push toward “disengagement.” Sharon had promised to abide by the referendum but did no such thing.

How can this be? How can the wishes of an overwhelming majority of the electorate be so disregarded? How can leftist policies be implemented regardless of the preferences of most Israelis?

Israeli political scientist Dr. Martin Sherman, founder of the Israeli Institute for Strategic Studies, has written, “Although the right wing consistently wins elections, it never really gets into power. It is a phenomenon that can only be explained by the existence of some influence extraneous to the political system that imposes policy outcomes that diverge radically from those that should be expected from regular operation of political routine.”

Few understand just how pernicious an influence Israel’s ruling elites (many of whose institutions and endeavors are funded and fueled by foreign NGOs) have on virtually every aspect of Israeli public life. Unelected functionaries in the media, arts, and academia act as cheerleaders and enablers for rulings imposed by a generally left-wing court system. In turn, pressure is exerted on the political leadership to implement the court’s dictates.

Indeed, in a very real sense Israel’s court system has supplanted its legislature, a phenomenon I addressed in a July 22, 2011 Jewish Press op-ed article (“Justice in the Holy Land: Is It Ideologically Driven?”).

Israel’s policymaking and electoral system (one piggybacking on the other) must be overhauled. It is no doubt a Herculean task. Nevertheless, instead of lamenting that nothing can be done, those who care about Israel’s future must shoulder the burden. An accurate articulation of the situation, coupled with nation-saving policy strategies, can be found at Dr. Sherman’s policy institute site (www.martinsherman.net).

If all lovers of Zion were to become involved in fighting the hold exerted by unelected leftists on Israeli civic and political life, Israeli policies would finally reflect the will of the country’s non-leftist majority.

Adina Kutnicki comments on Israel-related issues for various media outlets. She made aliyah in 2008.

Share Button

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

Leave a comment (Select your commenting platform)

2 Responses to “The Paradox Of Israeli Politics: Vote Right, Get Left”

  1. Friends, my latest op-ed at The Jewish Press (and elsewhere).

  2. John Hug says:

    Another great insightful pearl of wisdom from Mrs. Kutnicki.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Who will he take to the dance?
It’s Prom Time, and Abbas Must Choose a Dance Partner – Israel or Hamas
Latest Indepth Stories
Al-Aksa Mosque was claimed to be the site from which Mohammed ascended to Heaven, but it was built nearly 50 years after Mohammed died.

Jerusalem only seems important in the Islamic world when non-Muslims control or capture the city.

Israeli police enter the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City to disperse stone-throwing Palestinian protesters.

Jordan’s king is adding fuel to the fire on the Temple Mount, blaming Israel for violence by Muslim Arab rioters.

Imam Suhail Webb who boasted his Muslim community persuaded Brandeis President Fred Lawrence to withdraw an invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

At Brandeis, much of what counts as Western civilization got cold feet and won’t stand with Hirsi Ali.

Text of anti-Semitic flyer distributed to Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine on Passover 2014.

But the lesson from this meditation is that hidden behind the anti-semitic act is the greatest light.

As support of their messianic dream, Halevi and Antepli approve dishonoring Hirsi Ali as a ‘renegade.’

If itis a mitzva to eat matza all Pesach, then why is there no berakha attached to it?

When we are united with unconditional love, no stone will be raised against us by our enemies.

The reporter simply reports the news, but it is greater to be inspired to better the situation.

The Big Bang theory marked the scientific community’s first sense of the universe having a beginning.

Freeing convicted murderers returns the status of Jewish existence to something less than sanctified.

“The bigger they are the harder they fall” describes what God had in mind for Olmert.

We, soldiers of the IDF, who stand guard over the people and the land, fulfill the hopes of the millions of Jewish people across the generations who sought freedom.

How much is the human mind able to grasp of the Divine?

Jews have brought the baggage of the galut (exile) mentality to the modern state of Israel.

The Haggadah is an instruction manual on how to survive as strangers in strange lands.

More Articles from Adina Kutnicki
9780988169197

Choosing Life in Israel evinces what it means to be emotionally, spiritually, and viscerally drawn, as a Jew, to the siren song emitted by Israel.

Many supporters of Israel are bedeviled by a glaring contradiction in Israeli political life. How can it be that, regardless of which party wins an election, leftist policies are invariably implemented?

Aside from the obvious looming dangers associated with a nuclear-armed Iran as well as attendant regional menaces, there exists an equally explosive strategic threat to Israel emanating from the country’s post-Zionist and anti-Zionist circles.

Daily newspapers in Israel have recently included an uptick in drunk driving related articles, invariably detailing the horrific carnage left in their wake.

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/the-paradox-of-israeli-politics-vote-right-get-left/2012/04/25/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: