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J.L. Wall

J.L. Wall is a native Kentuckian in self-imposed exile to the Midwest, where he teaches writing to college students and over-analyzes Leonard Cohen lyrics.

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6 Responses

  1. BlaiseP says:

    Thanks, J.L.   I’ve been trying to puzzle out what the Israeli elections implied and this puts things in perspective.

    I wonder if the general move from the far-right isn’t an admission the pandering to the old hard-liners is chasing a losing bet.   Shaul Mofaz is from Iran:  his thinking is sure to influence things tremendously.   It’s Mofaz I’m thinking of when I think of all that failed pandering.   Shaul Mofaz kissed Shas’ ring in 2008 only to lose to Tzipi Livni.   This time round, a very different story.

    The Arabs like Livni.   They think she’s honest and capable of getting things on track with the Palestinians.Report

    • J.L. Wall in reply to BlaiseP says:

      And something that I hadn’t considered before — Mofaz is Sephardic; even excluding Iran concerns, that could be interesting in terms of domestic issues, provided he turns out to be more competent with binoculars than Amir Peretz was.  With that one exception, Shas has been the most consistent representation that Sephardi Jews have had in governments.  Though I doubt non-orthodox Sephardi Israelis vote Shas in any significant numbers, or care for them in significant numbers.

      The problem with Mofaz is that he strikes me as very much like every other Israeli pol.  We’ll see.Report

  2. Katherine says:

    I’ll be in Jerusalem this June and July.  It will be interesting to see if there’s any shift in actions with regard to the Occupied Territories, but I’m not overly optimistic.Report

  3. David H. says:

    Shortly after Kadima failed to form a government following the last Israeli elections

    If I remember correctly, it’s not that Kadima failed to form a government despite winning a plurality, it’s that they were never given a chance. President Peres gave the task of forming a ruling coalition not to Livni but to Netanyahu.Report

    • J.L. Wall in reply to David H. says:

      You’re right; I got my timeline confused.  Olmert stepped down, Livni became head of Kadima; coalition collapsed and couldn’t be re-formed; Knesset dissolved; elections were held; Bibi got and used the first chance.Report

  4. North says:

    Well, this along with the deal of Bibi’s Father certainly represents a change in the status quos. We’ll see what happens now, maybe the Israeli’s will start backing away from the precipice.Report