Impromptus today begins with a note on the Clintons — just a brief one — and then goes to Netanyahu. After I wrote my column, I read an AP report on the Israeli PM: “Netanyahu legacy on the line in Israeli vote.” This is a fine report, but I wanted to single out a passage for a bit of criticism.
The passage in question: “He laces his speeches with references to Jewish history, tales of Jewish heroism and warnings that Israel’s most sinister enemies lurk around every corner.”
That mocking phrase, “Israel’s most sinister enemies lurk around every corner,” implies that those enemies do not lurk around every corner. But don’t they? Should Israelis, especially conservative ones, simply chill out and not be so uptight? I don’t think so. I think they are realistic.