Best of a bad lot
Eitan Haber
Published: 20.01.13, 20:58
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1. A typical Eitan Haber article
Vlad   (01.20.13)
It begins with some story that took place "years ago" to show off how smart and experienced and wise Haber is, and then turns into a page of leftist, wishful thinking drivel, and how Israel is always destined for more doom and failure.
2. Rubbish
Zechariah   (01.20.13)
Sharon was a Madman who sowed hatred in Lebanon until 1967 the least antis real neighbour .The Shia hated the PLO and Sharon onwards turned them into haters and holocaust deniers .Begin started the settlements even Dayan was against it.Rabin broke down near the eve of the with day war Ezer Weizmann calmly took over and Barlevs Line was undermanned and static the 1973 leaders were hopeless only the army and Jewish USA pilots saved the situation.Ben Gurion had greatness he forced the development of Israels nuclear Deterrant a more than just payback for the Shoah but did little to foresee the real danger of the Nazi Rise till it was too late.The German Army in 1938 had elements that were more willing to act to assassinate the Nazis but Britain and France sold the Czech Weaklings out.
3. Maybe it is a contagion in the air because...
Harry Wright ,   UK   (01.20.13)
Americans voted for Obama because they thought that their choice was between the devil and the deep blue sea. Maybe that was the feeling in France and Russia too. I mean, if Za Za Gabor fled France to Russia - say WHAT!!! That's the same Russia where Putin had to put down anti-government demonstrators! And NONE of Thatcher's successors were ever anywhere near her caliber. Cameron got in only because everyone was damn fed-up of Gordon Brown. I wonder if Morsi can be considered the best of the bad lot. And what about those monarchies like S Arabia and N Korea that don't even allow any, far less the best of a bad lot. So just swallow your pills and take things as they come. That is the system so stop complaining.
4. Leadership and identity
David ,   Negev Tzafon, Israel   (01.20.13)
That Israel is facing a crisis of leadership is true and clear. But we must ask ourselves, what is the root of this crisis? The root of this crisis, as with all crises, is insecurity of identity. We as a nation no longer feel "bituah bi'atzmeinu", self-secure. We have lost the identity of common purpose, brotherhood, and compassion, and as a result our leaders pander to greed, anger, and fear. In previous generations, our beautiful, compassionate and hopeful culture gave rise to a class of worthy leaders. Let's hope that a leader will emerge who can inspire us to feel truly confident and safe. But let's also not wait. We need to face our inner insecurities and demons, and the leaders will follow.
5. the problem is called democracy
zionist forever   (01.20.13)
Your only allowed to serve 4 years and Bibi's coalition was starting to fragment after 3 so he decided to call for an early election. As a result of the stupid system the average amount of time a government will serve for is about 2.5 years and I have a feeling that one with a coalition that included Bennet, Lapid and the haredi will be lucky to last 1 year. If we want stable politics where we will have better politicians then change the system. Lets have 3 parties, all politicians are elected directly through regions so we get to keep the ones who we think are doing a good job and get rid of the rest. The party with the most seats runs the country alone for a fixed term. No more coalitions put together through backdoor deals which the public have no say in which means governments can't do the things they promised to do because otherwise the coalition would collapse. Woud also save the country a fortune considering these elections which happen on average every 2.5 years cost taxpayers millions.
6. You Err !.
Arn. ,   Sweden.   (01.20.13)
I Quote - " Why vote for someone who lacks experience, and perhaps talent? This person may determine whether we will live or, God forbid, die in the coming years ". Comment - But You have an Experienced and Talented Leader - The Current Israeli PM. Arn.Sweden.
Mark ,   London, UK   (01.20.13)
The Germans wanted a strong leader and they got Hitler. Russians liked a strong leader and they got Stalin. Look where it got them both. Putting the nation's faith in a single person, unless it's the Messiah, is very dangerous. Much safer to stick with a mixed bunch and reach a consensus. In the life of nations, sometimes the mix works and sometimes it's devoid of life....well, maybe there is just a hiatus.
8. leaders according to times and followers
Larry ,   Los Angeles   (01.20.13)
If the author seems to miss real leaders, perhaps it is because we don't have real followers. In the old times, before tv, people would debate each other and read much about the politics of each party and candidate. Today is different, the people chose according to a slogan and a picture. What kind of leader can you expect when the followers lack the intelligence to understand much of direction?
9. Israel is truly the lucky one
SMF ,   USA   (01.20.13)
Israel is blessed to have a leader like Netanyahu with clarity of vision and purpose. Unfortunately, it is the US who is afflicted with a Ship of Fools, and will drown in a sea of debt and international appeasement with Obama.
10. Succes of Israel despite bad leader ship
Avram Goldsmith ,   Toronto, Canada   (01.20.13)
Testimony of God leadership.
11. Palestine Israel needs a Gandhi, a Mandela, a Martin L. King
Steve Benassi ,   Silver Bay, MN USA   (01.20.13)
12. You already have the Best leader on the Globe
Edward ,   New York USA   (01.20.13)
Benjamin Netanyahu. If the US had Bibi as president we would be back on top of the world, economically, militarily, and socially. The problem in Israel is people like you, that are so blinded by their leftist leanings they refuse to acknowledge whats in front of them. Thank g-d, most Israelis do not think like you. Unfortunately most US Jews do, but that is our problem to work on.
13. A revolting areticle. Haber is Haber is Haber not a rose!
tom ,   tel aviv   (01.21.13)
14. #12
Erik ,   czech republic   (01.21.13)
an insted you are on the top of pile of s..t
15. one more "smart alec"
les ,   canada   (01.21.13)
Haber boy... you are not nearly as smart as you think you are. haven't read a more senseless article for a long time. I am sure the ayatollah and his friends will frame this crap...
16. 8
this is exactly what happened in the usa in 2008 and 2012.
17. 11
palestinians need what you say israel needs. as to all muslim countries, deep in violence and sewage, they do need a gandhi and and an mlk, not morsi or assad or abu mazen or haniye.
18. extremely amusing
Cipora Julianna Kohn   (01.21.13)
the us is a country where laws are 2,700 pages long, with tens of thousands of regulations putting those 2,700 pages into effect. americans think they are superior in all respects.
19. Oh, I'll settle for Netanyahu
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (01.21.13)
He drives Obama crazy and makes Obama look like the complete fool that Obama is. Works for me!
20. #19 Naftali Bennett is better
Vlad   (01.21.13)
If Bibi, the guy who allowed himself to be strong-armed into peace talks and a settlement freeze drives Obama crazy, just imagine his reaction when he finds out that Israel has now annexed 60% of the West Bank? Plus, Bennett's economic policy would probably be a boon to GDP.
21. #19
C, Darrow ,   Israel.   (01.21.13)
And you call yourself a lawyer !!!
22. In what country do they do better?
Sidney ,   USA   (01.21.13)
Ronald Reagan, George H. W, Bush, Bill Clinton, George W, Bush, Barack Obama. We need a combination of Washington, Jefferson, and T. Roosevelt. Silly article.
23. His Story
Sherlock Holmes ,   London England   (01.21.13)
When it comes to the rebirth and development of Israel out of the ashes, we are witnessing the unfolding of Divine Providence, of history as His Story, of prophecy fulfilled. Don't criticise Israel's leaders. See the bigger picture.
24. thank you Bibi for a job well done.
michael Pielet ,   israel   (01.21.13)
Thank you Eitan. Well said. Prime Minister Netanyahu is that leader.
25. As if Rabin was better than Netanyahu
Ilan   (01.21.13)
Let's gloss over the faults of our past leaders in order to score some short term win over the present generation of politicians. Rewriting history is so much more profitable and much less work than an honest evaluation.
26. Israel really needs a Winston Churchill
Chaim ,   Israel   (01.21.13)
Israel is under great pressure to cave to demands of the genocidal "Palestinian" poseurs. However, Churchill was under infinitely more pressure to make peace with Hitler and avoid war with Germany. However, Churchill had the guts to stand up to the pressure and do the right thing. Israel needs a Churchill to stand up to Obama, the E.U., U.N., and other destructive entities...and claim our legal and historic right to all of Judea and Samaria. This land is ours now and forever. Period!
27.  BENNETT is the BEST ! !
ORA ,   JERUSALEM   (01.21.13)
He is a man of action with clear ideas. He proved his great skills in the IDF and in his professional life.He is the man who will be able to lower the prices of food and houses,to keep his promises. He believes in G-D but understands the Secular needs.,for example public transport on Shabat . Bottom line. BENNETT is the BEST !!
28. Eitan Faber
Robert Haymond ,   Israel-Gush Etzion   (01.21.13)
More fantasies from Eitan Faber! Moshe Dayan, whom he mentions, a "real" leader, a commander who gave away the Temple Mount when it was in our hands, a thief who stole ancient Jewish artifacts and then enriched himself by selling them. This is an example of the kind of leader Haber moans that we currently lack.
29. When Dayan is placed in the category
Gee ,   Zikron Yaakov   (01.21.13)
I knew this guy didn't have a clue. Dayan was a failure as a general, and worse as the Defense Minister. So he should have been PM? Only in the mind of a delusional person
30. mr.haber,(schmuckeroo)--
arne ,   chicago usa   (01.21.13)
you got the best right now--wake up and smell the roses--for sure Bibi won't give away the store and with what's going on in the neighborhood you better thank god that Rabins not in charge if you know what I mean
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