The sad decline of a formerly principled politician

A man I once admired has begun subordinating vital security interests to the needs of partisan politics.

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March 16, 2015 15:07
herzog speaking to reporters

herzog . (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
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As of this writing, the election is still too close to call. But there’s a reasonable chance that our next prime minister will be Isaac Herzog. And that prospect worries me far more than I would have expected when the campaign began, because he’s a politician I had previously admired and even publicly praised, despite our serious political differences. So although I expected to disagree with his policies, I didn’t expect to be concerned about his character.

Lest there be any confusion, policy disputes are not the same as character flaws. For instance, I think unilaterally withdrawing from the West Bank would be far more dangerous than remaining there, while senior members of Herzog’s team publicly espouse the opposite view, but that’s a policy dispute: Each side genuinely believes his own position is right.


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