It sounds like Israel is going to have another election in September because Netanyahu isn’t conservative enough. Correct? The main dispute is over whether the ultra-Orthodox should be subject to the military draft.
I read somewhere that when the state was formed, the ultra-Orthodx were not a very large group within Israel, (think of the Amish in this country) and it was believed that giving them certain exemptions wouldn’t be of much national moment.
Is there a danger that if the Right in Israel is split, anti-nationalist forces might win in the September Do-over?
(It hardly seems worth it, if the ultra-Orthodox men we see in New York are at all representative. These gents are all about the life of the mind—and it shows. They certainly aren’t Samson, nay, nor yet Gideon…)
It’s hard to get a grasp of the situation from here. The NY Times referred to Netanyahu’s “spectacular failure” to form a coalition government ( he failed by one (1) vote. )
O Ratty, if you’ve been following the situation more closely, please enlighten me!