They include maintaining Israel's strategic alliance with Washington, enforcing occupation harshness, solidifying Gaza's siege, spurning peace, prioritizing militance, replacing independent Syrian and Iranian governments, defeating Hezbollah, targeting Hamas, and spurning social justice through neoliberal austerity.
Privileged elites run Israel. They include politicians, corporate bosses, lobbyists, rabbis, and generals. Ordinary Israelis have no say.
Democracy exists in name only. It's hypocritical and farcical.
Subterfuge disguises Israel's dark side. Most Israelis are largely dismissive.
They have themselves to blame. They're indifferent to Palestinian suffering. They let leaders get away with murder. They're largely passive about eroding social justice en route to eliminating it altogether.
Polls predict Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu will retain power. Hardline coalition partners will join them. Labor's been shut out for years. It hopes to reestablish itself as a viable alternative. It has miles to go. More on its leadership below. It's more right-of-center than left.
Kadima is fighting to survive. It's a shadow of its former self. Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid hopes to replace it. Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni heads Hatnuah. She calls herself a Likud alternative. She promised to succeed where Kadima failed.
Habayit Hayehudi and Shas vie to become Israel's second largest party. Micro-contests will decide other winners and losers. Right-wing secular and religious extremism will dominate. It's baked in the cake. Surprises won't be forthcoming.
On January 4, Haaretz headlined "Labor's act of 'political stupidity' paves the way for extremist Israeli government," saying: