Whatever his merits(?), the home-made brew that this guy’s spewing is far more toxic than Kahane’s. Yes, the language is milder, but the undertones are the same, and worse, the whole venom is now accepted discourse in Israeli politics.
Such venom has a uniquely corrosive effect; ever since its establishment,
Externally, the rise of such right-wing racists will only feed western anti-Semites. But those nut-jobs hardly need an excuse anyway. The larger danger is Internal. Those being constantly accused of being a fifth column may finally decide to become one, especially as the Settler movement continues to act with impunity. And then
An additional effect of Lieberman’s rise would be on the regional “peace process”, whatever that still means.
The current Israeli leadership will have to contend and growing dissent among Diaspora Jews, most of whom are not really too far from Hannah Arendt. In addition, the current Obama administration is far less Likudnik than the previous one.
However, that does not mean that the current Obama administration will be much less tone-deaf than the previous one. As a result, the new Israeli government will be pressured to show some progress on the “peace track”. And rather than choosing the Palestinian track, it will buy time and "keep Obama busy" on the simpler "Syrian track", where it finds a far more accommodating partner.
Interesting times, Ahoy!
Update/Modification: It seems I'm not the only one feeling uneasy about Ol'Yvette, as there appears to be a similar mood south of the Mason-Dixon line. The video is therefore more fitting than the one I had previously selected...
Excerpt from Yvette's speech (H/T Lisa Goldman):
The elections were a marvelous experience and they were also a final experience. There will be no more elections. Mina [a famous pollster], your next poll will be called, ‘What do you think of the leader?’ And the answers will be:
(a) He is excellent;
(b) He is great;
(c) He’s totally hot, I’d leave him nothing but his socks and do him right here and now;
(d) All answers are correct with the addition of coconut oil.
Applause plus whistles.
Regarding the rest of the choices, I decide as follows.
On planes, regarding chicken or beef - beef.
For weddings, garden or indoor event space - indoor event space.
On Galgalatz (army radio), Madonna or Shakira - Madonna.
Regarding leftists: If you voted Hadash, you will receive a new (hadash) passport [the leftwing party’s name is an acronym for the Democratic Party for Peace and Equality, but it also means ‘new’].
Now lower the volume of the applause. Raise it again. Now applaud according to a jazz rhythm
...May the farce end here...
אף פעם לא