A U.S.-born Israeli author and former politician believes that
today's elections in Israel won't result in the hardline government
many pundits are predicting.
On the eve of the election, polls indicated that Israel's
government was prepared to move farther to the right, with Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new Likud-Beitenu Party winning the
most seats. While some analysts believe the new Israeli government
will be "hardline" in its foreign policy, at least one former
David Rubin is the former mayor of the Israeli town of Shiloh
and author of The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the
Age of Obama.
have to remember that Netanyahu is not right wing -- he is centrist
or perhaps slightly right of center," explains the author. "He has
called for a Palestinian state, even though there has never existed
such a thing in world history, and I think that he's making a big
mistake if he does that."
And Rubin does not believe the corruption scandal involving
former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will have any effect on
"I think it was a factor in the beginning because Lieberman is
obviously a central figure in the Likud Beitenu Party," he
comments. "But Lieberman's corruption trial will not be held until
after the elections, which means that his party is in the running
and he will remain most likely a member of the Knesset, but he will
not be a minister in the government."
Rubin says the only question is what kind of coalition will
ultimately emerge from the elections to form a government.