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)