For more than a year, Benny Gantz bestrode the stage of Israeli politics as the standard-bearer of that country’s version of Anyone-But-Trumpism — a hollow politics of “restoring dignity” in the face of Benyamin Netanyahu’s outrages. Now that project has collapsed, leaving Israel’s sclerotic and prostrate left more adrift than ever.
Douglas Gerrard is a writer based in London. His work has appeared in Tribune and Current Affairs, among others.
It’s a telling paradox: Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted for corruption — even as Israel pursues a systematically criminal occupation and Zionism’s authoritarian tendencies continue to grow.
While Israel’s Palestinian parties are energized and growing, the constraints of the country’s Zionist institutions have kept them marginalized. But Jewish center-left parties could change that — if only they were willing to put aside Zionist shibboleths and forge an alliance based on common interests.
Over the past decade, Benjamin Netanyahu has remade Israeli politics in his own image. Though his career now hangs by a thread, his legacy of far-right pandering and cold-blooded “management” of Palestinian oppression will live on.
Benjamin Netanyahu won reelection by outflanking Israel’s far right. If you listen closely, you can hear the rumble of fascism approaching.