Hope for internal reform… Realism about external threats… Yes to the need for eventual reconciliation with Palestinians, but no to the naïveté of the past “land for peace” assumptions… Distrust for the extremes of both the secular left and the religious right… All of this and an interesting fusion of contradictory approaches and thinking of Yair Lapid, the symbol now of the election, and perhaps the lynchpin of the next Israeli government.
Who is Lapid and what might he portend for the future? Read Yossi Klein Halevi’s most compelling piece on why he voted for Yair Lapid, likewise, have a look at the always astute analysis of Barry Rubin, along with the impressions of Herb Keinon.
Bottom line: The election results are a hopeful harbinger of necessary reform and possibly less polarization, maybe even with a leader who could symbolize and lead such change. It’s not a bad start.