Israeli electoral politics reflects America's. Horse race journalism dominates political reporting. Rhetoric substitutes for reality. Issues aren't discussed. Voters are left uninformed in the dark.
Israel's election lacked substance. Party politics, personality profiles, likely coalition partners, he said, she said, and who's ahead, who's behind reflected daily discourse.
Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu presented no party platform. Netanyahu got away with it. Major issues went unaddressed.
Trust him on faith, he urged. Israel's dominant media didn't hold his feet to the fire.
Sefi Rachlevsky headlined "A wasted vote is a vote for Bibi," saying:
This year's election was "existential." Iran didn't disappear. Along with US/Israeli relations, its Netanyahu's main foreign policy issue.
"There's no excitement about" supporting him. He's "viewed as the oppressor of the people." He reflects "fascism" writ large. Imagine affording him four more years.
Nehemia Shtrasle r headlined "The mission: Fool the voters today," saying:
"Bibi's method" prioritized winning right-wing votes. Late in the game he sought centrist ones. His strategy reflected "hocus-pocus, deception and outright lies."
He won votes anyway he could. His politics are down and dirty. They reflect his dark side. Rhetorically he supports peace. In reality, he deplores it. He calls it a waste of time.
In two terms, he did nothing to pursue it. As long as he's prime minister, achieving it is impossible. He prioritizes conflict and instability. He invents enemies to hype fear.
He menaces the entire region. He threatens to embroil it in war. He doesn't negotiate. He demands. He wants Israel made ethnically pure.
He wants Arabs marginalized, denied and brutalized. He imposes harsh conditions. He hopes they're tough enough to get them to vote with their feet and leave. Dispossessions give others no choice.
Israeli voters have few. Facts and truth don't matter. Strategy calls for "fool(ing) the public - just for today, at the polling booth."
Idan Sasson "love(s) Israel," he says. "Don't vote for democracy's death certificate," he urges.
Conditions today reflect Israel's "most existentially troubling period," he believes.