“Small-time politicians fighting one another to lead parties that have no vision and nothing new to offer (other than their own backsides on the prime minister’s chair) work very hard to prove how right-wing they are. Netanyahu, on the other hand, kicked off his campaign by displaying mega-posters, placed on high rises all over the country, displaying him and Donald Trump shaking hands and smiling. The slogan attached to the posters is, “Netanyahu. A Different League.”
During a visit to Belfast a few years ago, I was taken to see a large, outdoor mural of the late IRA volunteer Bobby Sands. Next to Sands’ portrait there is a quote attributed to him which reads, “Our revenge will be the laughter of our children.” I could hear his words ring loud when I visited the Ultra Orthodox (Haredi) community in upstate New York in early February– as I watched thousands of young Haredi Jewish children run to school in the morning.