Just as Israel is forced to deal with what is quickly ballooning into the largest health and economic crisis in its history, a political crisis is shaking the very foundations of Israel’s system of governance, and rapidly eroding the trust of its beleaguered citizenry.
With Blue and White MKs bucking the will of their party leader Benny Gantz by rejecting an alliance with anti-Zionist parties, the chances Benjamin Netanyahu will continue as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister have improved dramatically.
Much of the diplomacy takes place over time and under the radar, says Malcolm Hoenlein, longtime executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, “by building meaningful relationships across the board.”
Speaking to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem, the prime minister explained mechanics of the newly released “Peace to Prosperity” Mideast peace proposal, as well as changing relations between Israel and its Muslim nations.
Law enforcement “is not a matter of politics,” according to Israel’s attorney general. Yet it was clear from the moment the investigations began that prosecutors had their sights set on removing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office.