The view from across the Atlantic, by Nick Ottens
Look to Iran.
What Trump’s critics in Israel get wrong.
The Israeli called elections to stave off indictments for corruption. It galvanized his opponents.
Israel’s prime minister could lose the election but outplay his rivals.
The prime minister hoped for a fresh mandate. His left-wing rivals are up in the polls.
Few of the prime minister’s rivals have a credible path toward denying him a fourth term.
The principle of taking the offensive still has merit for Israel.
The operation marks a shift to lower Israel’s political costs. Has it played into Hamas’ hand?
Will foreign control of key Israeli industries endanger its security or is this a case of “strategic prejudice”?
Many are outraged that a soldier was imprisoned after threatening to shoot a Palestinian.
Especially on the Israeli right, America’s inability to stop Russia is seen as an ominous sign.