Bibi’s Choice After Election Will Set Course for Israel


Al-Monitor - January 16, 2013

Prof. Shai Feldman is Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center

In the aftermath of next week’s Israeli elections, Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu will face the decision of his political life. What kind of governing coalition he chooses to form will affect Israel for years to come.

One option will effectively end hopes of a two-state solution to Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians and deepen its isolation. The other could open the door to negotiations and better relations with Europe and the United States.  

If the real vote on Jan. 22 is anywhere close to what public opinion polls currently indicate, Israel’s domestic scene in the aftermath of the elections will reflect a grim reality: the strengthening and radicalization of the Israeli right and the fragmentation of its center and center-left. This reality is the outcome of long-term as well as recent developments. ...