I’ve always been deeply suspicious of the fly-by-night parties that spring up periodically, last for one or two Knessets and then disappear. Few have done anything constructive, and some have even done harm.

I’m especially suspicious when these parties are vanity vehicles for some well-known figure who wants to parachute into politics at the top without first learning the ropes. Politics is a profession like any other, with skills that must be mastered; ignorance of these skills is the main reason why most such parachutists have proven dismal failures. So I wasn’t thrilled when last week’s election elevated the head of our latest vanity vehicle to one of the most influential figures in Israeli politics.

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