Regarding the “New Israeli Left” manifest

Posted: September 18th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: media, The Left | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

I was in Berlin last week, so I missed most of the debate on the “New Israeli Left” manifest published by playwriter Shmuel Hasfari and political consultant and attorney Eldad Yaniv. When I got back, so many people around me were talking about the interview Hasfari and Yaniv gave in Haaretz, so I sat down to read it (the interview, not the 83 pages long manifest).

To be honest, I didn’t know Hasfari and Yaniv cared so much for the future of the left. In fact, I never thought they were part of the left. Hasfari flirted for a while with activism, but was and still is a mainstream writer, and his latest success, TV surprise hit “Polishook”, was a middle-of-the-road political satire, mush less radical than any Friday night show. As for Yaniv, he was known mostly as Ehud Barak’s close adviser, until the partnership broke a few years ago, and Yaniv started speaking everywhere against his old boss, which is a common tendency among people who worked with Barak. The last thing I remember from Yaniv is an interview with him in which he said that being called “a snake” is a compliment. Now he and Hasfari are tring to explain what’s wrong with the Israeli Left.  Read the rest of this entry »