Never believe anything in politics…

This has been a momentous and historic week in Israeli politics.

A new President was elected, who will begin his seven-year term next month. The Israeli President is mostly a figure heard, rather than a politician, but he is widely regarded as a father figure for many Israelis. President-elect Herzog is considered a kind, moderate, and mild-mannered man, which is very much what Israel needs, particularly at this politically fraught time.

Also, of course, a prospective government has been declared, which, hopefully, will be brought to a vote and approved by the Knesset in another 10 days or so (maybe less – we’ll see)… After a dozen years of Prime Minister Netanyahu, the possibility of his being deposed is a huge deal for Israelis, regardless of whether they support or oppose him. This is truly the end of an era.

Anyway, I’ve gathered a few quotes on politics that I connect to:

Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.

Otto von Bismarck (1815 – 1898)

Politics swings like a pendulum.

Ed Gillespie (b. 1961)

Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.

Herbert Hoover (1874 – 1964)

Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.

Aristotle (384–322 BCE)

I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

Charles de Gaulle (1890 – 1970)

Politics is the art of the possible.

Otto von Bismarck (1815 – 1898)

56 thoughts on “Never believe anything in politics…”

  1. I did not know that quote from Aristotle, but we are so far from that reality here as to make the term democracy a joke for the United States. (K)

    1. Well, that’s sort of the concept of populism, isn’t it? I mean, in theory, that’s what populist politicians should be aiming for…


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