Emily Hauser’s conclusion on the new Israeli government:

Overall, this strikes me as a marriage of convenience between two men who will eventually tear each other apart. [Prime Minister Netanyahu and Opposition Leader Mofaz] both needed a crutch, and when one of them doesn’t need a crutch anymore? It’ll all come crashing down.

At any rate, regular elections are scheduled for October 2013.

Israeli governments so rarely manage to get through an entire four year term that it’s easy to forget that terms actually exist. But they do, and this one is nearly 3/4 done. Whatever these power-grasping politicians manage to do together, it will be with a very keen eye toward grasping yet more power — likely from each other — in another 16 months.

I don’t agree with some of the comments I’ve read to the extent that this is some way of skirting democracy–this standard policy in parliamentary systems. Of course, I don’t really think the plurality that voted for Kadima wanted to ultimately see their party join up with Netanyahu at all.

Really, this strikes me as fairly shrug-worthy. The longer Netanyahu stays in office, the bigger the chance he dynamites himself and his party, just like he did in the ’90s. He’s fairly good at leveraging disparate fears into getting an unpopular agenda passed–his close alignment with Republicans over the years has clearly taught him a few things there–but he’s essentially a fraud and time will out that. It took a while for people to figure out that Dubya didn’t have what it took to govern the country well, and Netanyahu is so much like Dubya so as to make no difference.

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