Brain Bush’s Blog

A Step Towards Change

  • By : Brian Bush
  • November 2, 2012
  • 3:22 pm

Hello All,

Well, just like in America, the news in Israel is all about politics and the county's election.

The race for the White House will wrap up next week – it it will have an influence in Israel's election for it's Premiership in January.

As the Israeli day of decision draws near the political strategizing continues to heat up.

It seems Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni are waiting to see the results in America because it is being quoted that over 80% of American Jews living here in Israel cast their vote for Mitt Romney.

Should Romney be elected, people may be influenced to go for Bibi Netanyahu who touts himself as a close friend of Mr. Romney – thus having his ear.

This gets to Israel's current non-strike posture with Iran – meaning it is keeping its options open.

If President Barak Obama is re-elected the perception here is, that while avoiding open tension with Israel, he will be less eager to cooperate with Israel's views on it's needs.

For the record, as it frequently spoken, US-Israel ties are said to be closer than ever – that coming from the White House chief of staff who tried to lower the anxiety level of Government officials here in Israel on what Obama may do with the peace process if elected for a second term.

Particularly in Israel's Right, people are worried that the pressure to stop settlement expansion could be equal or greater as when Mr. Obama took office the first time.

Many in Israel see a clash of society coming this January. People want change. Forces of the right and the left are beginning to make their cases.

While many can question their causes – there is no question as to the extremity on either end nor the criticism there of.

Dangerous and inflammatory ideas may not necessarily be protected in the framework of freedom of expression.

One editorial recently warned of potential negative consequences of political blocs in Israeli history – this apparently a reference to Mr. Netanyahu's creation of his so called right wing super party in order to secure another term as Prime Minister.

Most Israelis want strong leadership, substance, and a revamp of governance here in Israel.

We will see if they can get one out of three this January in a step towards change.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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