I don’t follow events in Israel in very closely, but when I discuss it with those who do, I mostly get the same feeling I get about the Catholic Church (and to some extent the Republican party): just as my grandmother is an apologist for whatever awful thing some Bishop has just done, while my sister and I want to see the Catholic Church disappear, I find that my older Jewish friends usually care about Israel and support whatever the government doing, whereas the younger ones generally are either disinterested or critical of the direction the country is going in.
For this reason, I’ve tended to believe Peter Beinart’s theory that Israel will eventually become a country of ultra-rightists and religious zealots, increasingly isolated from an America that no longer cares what goes on over there.
But the current election seems like a positive sign for Israeli politics, right? I thought that just a few weeks ago people were predicting a landslide win empowering the far right. Is this a return to sanity?