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Another Month, Another Israeli Election

TAMRA, ISRAEL - MARCH 23: Mansour Abbas (at the rostrum), leader of the United Arab List (Ra'am), speaks during a conference in the northern Israeli city of Tamra on March 23, 2021,after the end of voting in the four... TAMRA, ISRAEL - MARCH 23: Mansour Abbas (at the rostrum), leader of the United Arab List (Ra'am), speaks during a conference in the northern Israeli city of Tamra on March 23, 2021,after the end of voting in the fourth national election in two years. (Photo by Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 24, 2021 9:47 a.m.

Both the politics and the existence of Israel have long been matters of great fascination and importance to me. But my interest, engagement, commitment has ebbed as the country’s politics have become not only more right wing but more consistently absurd over the last decade. The animating question of Israeli politics is no longer the Arab-Israeli conflict, questions of political economy or religion but overwhelmingly the question of one man: Benjamin Netanyahu. He entirely dominates what is called the ‘national camp’ and two or perhaps three of the country’s other parties are right wing parties which are founded around their principal’s personal disputes with Netanyahu. Every few months there’s another election. When Netanyahu wins he becomes Prime Minister. When Netanyahu loses he also becomes Prime Minister. Why pay attention?

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