Likely new coalition partners worry him. He may never again be able to call Israel a democracy. Others are likeminded. Israeli scholars agree.
He quoted an unnamed friend saying:
"Israel is the biggest project of the Jewish people in history, and the occupation is the biggest problem facing Israel right now."
Other major problems exist. War is prioritized over peace. Neoliberal harshness is policy. Social inequality harms Jews and Arabs alike.
"Many Israelis don't seem to understand that by voting for Netanyahu they are signing democracy's death certificate."
The "whole world is watching," he said. He cares and prioritizes Israeli/Arab coexistence. He needs majority caring to achieve it. It's nowhere in sight.
Gideon Levy and Alex Levac headlined "Good night and good luck." Television news pioneer Edward R. Murrow first said it. He used it to end broadcasts.
Levy and Levac chose good company. Israel reflects complacency and apathy, they said. Electoral fervor is absent. Netanyahu's unfit to serve. Former Shin Bet heads deplore giving him another four years.
They went public saying so. It didn't make enough of a difference to matter. Nor do occupation harshness, social injustice, or Israel's "abominable international standing."
"(N)one of this seemed to faze" people. "The candidates were groggy. Their listeners were sleepy. The parlor meetings, assemblies and rallies were all somnolent, with candidates and voters snoring in unison."
Everything in the campaign was a "big yawn." Public anger was absent. Candidates' feet weren't held to the fire. Voters asked "polite questions."
"(T)rivial matters" substituted for real ones. Candidates ducked them.
"Where is the hatred when you need it? Where is the fervor and the fire - or at least a little smoke?" It was out of sight and mind.
Gatherings were absent. Rallies weren't held. Parlor meetings were sparsely attended. Electoral campaigning was boring.
Platform committees used to conduct fiery debates. Parlor meetings and assemblies once mattered. Party branches became "kindergartens and stores."