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Oblivious to Its Own Condescension

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The core principle behind Kahol Lavan is official respectability. Kahol Lavan boasts of its members’ integrity. None of its senior figures are suspected of corruption and most of its people are moderate and amiable. None would inflame the public savagely like Benjamin Netanyahu and some of Likud’s other ministers. On the contrary: Benny Gantz focuses on messages of therapeutic unity and reconciliation, which sometimes drown in their own fluid inexplicability.

In their own eyes they are the knights of virtue, who came to rescue Israel from the rule of darkness in which it has been immersed for many years. This is supposed to be the link between Zvi Hauzer and Yael German. But this romantic narrative, as well as the respectability agenda – the message of I am the establishment, I am the state or the sovereign – reflect more than anything their sense of self-importance.

The great explosion after the interview I had with Yoaz Hendel stemmed not only from the political mincemeat Likud made of him, but also from the gap between these people’s self-image and reality.

They view of themselves not only........

© Haaretz