November 19, 2019

A Eulogy for the Netanyahu Era

“Dear Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

I am writing to you from Lisbon, Portugal, in a moment when the political turmoil (certainly, an exaggerated term) as a consequence of the Sept. 17 election still goes on.

I don’t know what your near and long-term future will look like – and, honestly, I do not want to interfere in any way in the political outcome of the coming days. Selection of Israel’s government is a matter for the Israeli people and their elected officials to decide, according to law and political convention.

I do have some firm thoughts on it but it does not seem appropriate for me to disclose them, at least at this point. I trust that any decision by the Israeli people, through their official representatives, will be wise and supportable, and I have no doubt that President Reuven Rivlin is working to ensure that Israel’s best interests will prevail.

I am writing this letter, Mr. Prime Minister, to stress some facts that, from my perspective, have been insufficiently discussed in the aftermath of the do-over election. This omission is natural and understandable, given the political struggle and dialectic that are intrinsic to democracy and electoral outcomes. However, it may be beneficial to analyze this political process from a distance and separated from Israel’s day-to-day reality, as I am in Lisbon – 2,500 miles from Jerusalem.”

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