Algemeiner Editor Dovid Efune: There Was No Leftward Shift in Israeli Election (VIDEO)

January 25, 2013 12:01 am 5 comments

Algemeiner Editor Dovid Efune on Real News TV discussing Israel's elections. Photo: Screenshot.

Algemeiner Editor Dovid Efune appeared on Real News TV Wednesday, a day after elections in Israel to discuss the results with host Amy Holmes.

Asked for his read on the election outcome Efune said that those pundits hailing a Leftward shift were wrong. “Really it seems as if the pieces moved around a little bit, but I would definitely not say that this was a Leftward shift,” he said.

Breaking down the positions of Yair Lapid, the surprise big winner in the elections, whose Yesh Atid party came in second with 19 seats, Efune said that he definitely can’t be lumped with the political Left on security issues.

“Not much shift there at all, he is a true centrist when it comes to these issues, and he is definitely not on the same page as President Obama,” Efune said.

Earlier this week Efune elaborated on the subject in his column, entitled, ‘Israel’s emphatic response to Obama’s thinly veiled threat.’

Watch a clip of Efune’s interview on the election below:

5 Comments

  • Oh for the days of the “pioneer spirit”

  • Looking good, Dovid! Well spoken.

  • Likud had a better foreign policy but Labor had a better domestic economic policy. When I lived in Israel it meant something to be a Jew. You got health care, a job, housing. There were no homeless circa 1985. Now with the capitalist Jews in control and socialist Zionism a thing of the past Israelis are treated like pieces of dreck. That is what happened with the elections. There was a move to the from the right to center which means to the Left. Hey I met Ben Gurion in 1959 and will never forget it.

    • Alan,

      How do you provide social benefits in today’s Israel without 80% of recipients being from the Muslim or Haredi communities that refuse to work and insist upon having so many children that they are almost guaranteed to be poor?

      Would you sponsor the cultural choices of the Muslims and Haredim, merely in order so that 1/5th of increased social aid reaches people who are just down on their luck, rather than making a cultural choice?

      Why not instead start a charity specifically focused on the 20% of Israel’s poor who are poor through no choice of their own? (rather than waste 80% of government welfare money on people who are poor through choice)

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