Caroline Glick

Posted: December 15th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: elections, The Right | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

If you want to get an idea of the impossible task facing Netanyahu after winning the election, all you have to do is read what the right wing pundits have to say.

Take JP’s Caroline Glick for example. Glick is already sensing the pressure Netanyahu will face from the Obama administration to move forward with the peace process (she puts it in inverted commas: the “peace process”). I tend to agree with her. Obama’s close advisers, Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski, wrote in their Washington Post article that achieving progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be the top foreign policy priority for the new administration. Obama’s planned speech in an Arab capital (yet to be declared) can be a first step in this direction.

Caroline Glick understands that the Bush days, with their carte blanch for Israel, are over. Some kind of pressure awaits. Glick also remembers that Netanyahu’s confrontation with Bill Clinton over the “peace process” was partly accountable for his lose in the 99′ election. But what advice does she give Netanyahu today? To do exactly as he did ten years ago: refuse all peace talks, emphasize the differences between the Likud and the Center-Left parties, and build a Right-wing coalition.

It’s worth noting that the last two Right-wing governments in Israel ended the same way: the extreme Right toppled the government, new elections were declared, and the Left won. That’s how Rabin came into power after Shamir in 92′, and that’s how Barak followed Netanyahu in 99′. Ariel Sharon understood this, so he fought hard for a “national unity” government, with Labor included.

It is this self destructive behavior on part of the Right that remains our biggest hope today.

UPDATE: Shmuel Rosner also feels that Netanyahu’s only hope is a “national unity” government, but for different reasons.


2 Comments on “Caroline Glick”

  1. 1 Aviv said at 8:09 pm on December 16th, 2008:

    What’s left to hope for from the Israeli Left, though? Oslo-style appeasement has brought us only intifada, and unilateralism allowed Hamas and Hezbollah to fester.

    I’m still waiting for serious talk about foreign policy. So far neither the Left nor the Right satisfy me.

  2. 2 noam sheizaf said at 1:22 am on December 17th, 2008:

    I heard both Barak and Bibi talk in an informal meeting lately. Barak still believes in unilateralism (or at least sticks to his “no partner” mantra), while Bibi has nothing to offer. And I really don’t understand what are Livni’s views.

    So don’t expect anything better from them until the election.