Livni or Netanyahu? Israeli Prime Minister TBD by Radical Lieberman (Not That One)

Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.


After Israel’s  tight election for prime minister Kadima Party moderate Tzipi Livni is now just ahead of right-wing Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu (with 28 vs. 27 seats in the Knesset). But the real power sits with rising radical Avigdor Liebermanan ultra-conservative who wants to establish a blanket denial of all Arabs for citizenshipwho can throw his support to either to determine who becomes prime minister. (He said he’s open to talking with both but will no doubt side with fellow hard-liner Netanyahu.)

This is not good news.It’s not good for anyone. Jews and non-Jews, Israelis and non-, and bad not only for those who want to see a just, fair, and reasoned outcome, because what is just is relative, but for anyone who don’t want to live, and have their kids live, in a war-ravaged country where their disenfranchised enemies have nowhere else to go, nothing else to turn to, than radical suicide-bombing, missile-firing jihad.

A Livni government would have meant a new approach to Israel’s Palestine Problem. Namely, she promised to get rid of the illegal settlements metastasizing throughout the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. (The settlement population grew at 120% the rate of the Israeli population in 2007, and construction accelerated last year.) Under Netanyahu, settlements will continue to grow; Lieberman lives on a settlement. Which means impossible navigation for Palestinians, and shrinking options for a people now in the midst of their own (you’re free to object in the comments), holocaust.

Livni also strongly favors a two-state solution, a sentiment shared shared by Barack Obama, and one he’s going to have a bear of a time working out with Netanyahu in office and radicals ruling the day.

Godspeed, Mr. President.

THE TRUTH...

is the first thing despots go after. An unwavering commitment to it is probably what draws you to Mother Jones' journalism. And as we're seeing in the US and the world around, authoritarians seek to poison the discourse and the way we relate to each other because they can't stand people coming together around a shared sense of the truth—it's a huge threat to them.

Which is also a pretty great way to describe Mother Jones' mission: People coming together around the truth to hold power accountable.

And right now, we need to raise about $400,000 from our online readers over the next two months to hit our annual goal and make good on that mission. Read more about the information war we find ourselves in and how people-powered, independent reporting can and must rise to the challenge—and please support our team's truth-telling journalism with a donation if you can right now.

payment methods

THE TRUTH...

is the first thing despots go after. An unwavering commitment to it is probably what draws you to Mother Jones' journalism. And as we're seeing in the US and the world around, authoritarians seek to poison the discourse and the way we relate to each other because they can't stand people coming together around a shared sense of the truth—it's a huge threat to them.

Which is also a pretty great way to describe Mother Jones' mission: People coming together around the truth to hold power accountable.

And right now, we need to raise about $400,000 from our online readers over the next two months to hit our annual goal and make good on that mission. Read more about the information war we find ourselves in and how people-powered, independent reporting can and must rise to the challenge—and please support our team's truth-telling journalism with a donation if you can right now.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate