The Common Sense of Israel's Voting Public

Israelis are neither blind to Netanyahu’s flaws nor fooled by his diversions. They chose him because he best reflects their political values and best secures their interests.

April 15, 2019 | Daniel Polisar
About the author: Daniel Polisar is the executive vice-president and a member of the faculty at Shalem College in Jerusalem.
This is a response to How and Why Israelis Vote, originally published in Mosaic in April 2019

Posters of Benjamin Netanyahu on the floor of Likud party headquarters on election night 2019. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images.

I am an avid reader of Haviv Rettig Gur, and his latest essay in Mosaic, “How and Why Israelis Vote,” is a timely reminder of what makes him so good. In explaining Israel’s April 9 elections a week before they took place, he laid out the key elements clearly and thoroughly while providing balanced, trenchant, and thought-provoking analysis.

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