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Caroline Glick

As a long-time political observer and pundit based here in the Heartland of the Jewish Nation, there are a few unpleasant things I’ve learned about Israeli Government/politics:

  • Knesset Members have very little actual power.
  • Government Coalition members have even less power.
  • Coalition and Party Discipline can be very effective muzzles.
  • Actual Government policy is made by the Prime Minister and his/her “Kitchen Cabinet.”
  • The Israeli Supreme Court considers itself well above the Government and makes decisions that effectively cancel legal laws.
Caroline Glick is certainly one of the most brilliant and bold political pundits/journalists in Israel. It’s very rare that I have disagreed with her articles.

If Caroline Glick was to be appointed to an actual policy making position in government, I’d be overjoyed, but that isn’t the story. It has been “leaked” by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s staff that he is seriously thinking of offering her one of his choice spots on the Likud list.

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Many, many Israelis and pro-Israelis are overjoyed at the thought of Caroline Glick being in the Knesset. They envision her hard-hitting opinions being broadcast far and wide from the Knesset. They envision the initiator of Latma to be in a policy making position. They dream that Glick’s policies will be the Israeli ones, rather than the weak Centrist-Left that have been endangering us.

But that’s not how it works.

Israelis will vote for Caroline Glick, but we’ll still get the same Center-Left Bibi we’ve had now for years. Bibi runs a tight ship. He’s not going to give her any freedom of expression. Caroline Glick won’t be in a policy-making position. She’ll just be Right window dressing.

It’s because I agree with and respect Caroline Glick that I want her to stay on the outside where she won’t be muzzled and disciplined. We need an “untied” Caroline Glick!!

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Batya Medad blogs at Shiloh Musings.

5 COMMENTS

  1. I trust Caroline Glick to make the correct decision on this. Clearly, every reasonable Jew would want Caroline in the strong policy making role and I doubt she would allow herself to be window dressing. If Caroline thinks this will be positive, we should strongly support her.

  2. I guess both Batya Medad and Rick S. Geiger (below) are right. Caroline would have to figure it out if offered a spot in Likud. Maybe she CAN do more from the inside. After all it is obvious even here in 'fly-over-Country in the USA' that Israel needs a few more brains like Caroline Glick instead of the slush that comes out of Haretz.(did I spell it right?)

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