Monday, January 28, 2019

Benny Gantz's New Political Party Empty of Ideology

No surprise for you readers of my blog. I don't see Benny Gantz's new political party, Israel Resilience, as worth voting for. He's playing a familiar game of being the newest "tofu" or "chameleon" party with a few vague terms, which hint at no real ideology, other than getting elected.  these "center," or "trust me" parties are extremely common in Israel. Almost every Knesset election has one.

They are very popular with the voters, who for some strange reason, haven't yet caught on to the con. The leaders of these parties remind me of the imaginary politician I had envisioned when I wrote my highest graded composition for a university English class. The assignment was to write a parody of a campaign speech, and the line I remember best is:
"I want what you want."
I can imagine Benny Gantz saying it at campaign rallies and parlour meetings. It follows the principle that as long as you don't say anything negative, many people will like you. The polls give Gantz's parve* party a lot of votes, more than ten percent of the Israeli public.

Israelis like to give people a chance, since most have serious complaints about those they know. I've noticed this rather consistently even in our local Shiloh elections. A first time candidate usually gets a high percentage of the vote. The only time it doesn't happen is if there are a few first time candidates. Then the voters have a difficult choice deciding whom to vote for.

The only way to get an accurate idea of what Gantz or a similar party leader/figurehead stands for is to take a good look at the people on his/her list. What are their ideologies, experience etc? By examining them, you find out two things:

  1. what is important to the main #1 candidate
  2. who is backing him/her; politics is expensive; follow the money

The Israeli political system isn't like most others. Here we vote for party lists of Knesset candidates. Honestly, I think it works well in a country as tiny as Israel. The Prime Minister is the Knesset Member who can succeed in gathering a coalition of at least sixty-one 61 of the one hundred and twenty 120 Members of Knesset.

Yes, that's me voting a few years ago, at the 20th Knesset Elections.
Photo by Linda Fairman

*parve, according to the laws of kashrut, is a food that can be eaten with either milk or meat.


Netivotgirl said...

You're 100% right-- why vote for him? What does he stand for? What does he want (outside of a seat in the Knesset?) Anything for Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael? Why does every durned GENERAL here think he will make a good politician? DUH!


Instead of trashing him and his party try to have an open mind and let's see what he wants to do as PM. I don't want an ideologue as PM. I prefer having someone open to viewing want needs to be done in the best interest of ALL instead of the petty politics where half the coalition are nut-wings as we presently have.

Batya said...

NG, thanks, exactly

Israel Seen, my point is that he isn't coming from an ideology, except to get elected by not saying what he thinks is best for the State of Israel. We've seen this so many times in the past. Maybe you're a newcomer or very young. I'm neither.

Mr. Cohen said...

Please read my recent guest post on
the Tel Chai Nation blog:

Batya said...

Thanks, but why no link?

Mr. Cohen said...

I forgot.

But no reason to worry, over the past three years,
I have posted thousands of links back to this blog.

Batya said...

Appreciate it