Blue-White party’s platform is way off-mark on the Middle East

The merged lists of Benny Gatz, Yair Lapid and Moshe Ya’alon released their political platform on Wednesday, March 6. It purports to set out the guidelines for the government which Gatz and Lapid aspire to head after they topple Binyamin Netanyahu in the April 9 election. However, a party headed by three former chiefs of staff, of whom one was also a defense minister, is surprisingly uninformed about current events in the region, especially as regards Israel’s situation.

Item: Above all, Israel is short of a leadership capable of initiating policy for taking advantage of opportunities to change the reality in the region and around our borders. Notwithstanding the IDF’s successful campaign against the strengthening of Hizballah, which is the strongest force in Lebanon today, and Iran’s established presence in Syria, a threatening reality is taking shape over our northern borders. Israeli operations have no effect on the way Putin, Erdogan and Rouhani decide on a settlement for Syria.
DEBKAfile: The presentation of the Russian, Turkish and Iranian leaders as of one mind on Syria may have been partly true six months ago. Today, they are at loggerheads on northern Syria, western Syria and most of all, Idlib province, the last rebel holdout. They are also poles apart on how they perceive Syria’s future and their roles there.

Putin put his discord with his erstwhile partners before Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu when they met in Moscow on Feb. 27 and offered him a landmark opening to a new Russian-Israeli relationship. He invited him to take an active role for the first time in the Syrian equation. Their vehicle: a joint Russian-Israeli team for working on the removal of foreign (including Iranian) forces from Syria. (The epic elevation of Israel’s role in international diplomacy was first reported by DEBKA file on March 2.)

Item: We shall call a Regional Conference of Arab Nations Seeking Stability and promote the process of separation from the Palestinians, while steadfastly safeguarding the security interests of the State of Israel and the IDF’s freedom of operation everywhere.

DEBKAfile: Which Arab nations are Blue-White authors referring to? Where would they find a single Arab government ready to attend a conference for this objective?

Item: There will be no more unilateral disengagements in Judea and Samaria or withdrawals from four strategic areas: the settlement blocs, the Jordan Valley, Jerusalem and the Golan.

Item: The a/m regional conference will a discuss an issue of no less importance: Israel’s regional status as a leading force. There will be no more negotiations with Iran on a nuclear accord or a settlement in Syria without the parties, led by Israel, registering  their interests and being addressed.

DEBKAfile: What the would-be future heads of Israeli government are saying is that neither the United States, Russia and China or Europe will be allowed to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, or convene a regional conference on the Syrian question, without Blue-White leaders being invited to attend. Are they serious?

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18 thoughts on “Blue-White party’s platform is way off-mark on the Middle East

  • Mar 6, 2019 @ 19:11 at 19:11

    Goodbye to the four Ehud Barak Marionettes ;

  • Mar 6, 2019 @ 19:14 at 19:14

    this is like forming the plo,the sloe legitimate representatives of the jewish people.then they can doublecross the jews that live in judea and shomron,and abandon them.

  • Mar 6, 2019 @ 20:07 at 20:07

    They want to link up with the Reform, Conservative and other militant left wing anti-Trump and anti Netanyahu groups. These groups want to keep the Oslo process with Israel making still more concessions.

  • Mar 6, 2019 @ 20:19 at 20:19

    A blabbermouth group of former “generals”, and now a quartet of jokers-scoffers,
    who “sing” badly out of tune, by not knowing the score of high politics. They simply do not know
    their leftist a^*es from holes in the ground, when it comes to the Jewish state’s survival in the Middle East.

    • Mar 6, 2019 @ 20:46 at 20:46

      They have to be shockingly and surprisingly STUPID OR they are traitors. Which is it?
      Early dementia or treason; I’m not sure they know??

  • Mar 6, 2019 @ 21:44 at 21:44

    Who’s this political platform list? Of the 3 guys standing up, or of the 4 midgets in the same picture?

  • Mar 6, 2019 @ 22:42 at 22:42

    Look at that picture.

    SO SCARY. They’re gonna kill us all. RUN. RUN AWAY. Iran is big and powerful. Putin hates us. Erdogan always calls us names.

    Better kill everyone. And do it yesterday.

    Oh my, I’m hyperventilating! Someone, find a piggie for me. The only solace I can find in life these days, with so many threats surrounding us — like KITES and BALLOONS — is to take it in the hind quarters from a piggie.

    It’s what my parents always told me.


    • Mar 6, 2019 @ 23:21 at 23:21

      The problem with you people injecting Botox in your testicles to have a more masculine look is this side effect of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, where afflicted persons repeat words like “BooKosher” and often perform intimate acts with one of the parent’ shoes, the right one of preference.

    • Mar 7, 2019 @ 18:47 at 18:47


  • Mar 7, 2019 @ 4:54 at 4:54

    ‘Anti-Kahanism is not Anti-Semitism’ – Peter Beinart

    ‘Kahanism is bone fide Jewish H_____ism’ – see the bright clear and authoritative definition offered by Encylopedia Judaica

    ‘From Kahanism to 1P1V1S’, Friedman’s magnum opus on the Middle East, required reading for Richard Perle and the REST of the Neocons

    • Mar 7, 2019 @ 5:45 at 5:45

      Straight to 1P1V1S is the ticket at this point

      Jimmy Carter is personally reading the riot act to Israel as we speak. A Carter Center observer group registering all Palestinians in the Diaspora prior to a Pan-Palestinian vote for the fresh 1P1V1S political system is the next sober prudent step and will internationally legitimize it to everyone’s satisfaction. 12 million Palestinians to 5 or 5.5 at most other Israels, are nearly 2:1 Palestinian margins

      This is the outcome of the tsunami forecast for years by Ehud Barak as Israel came to this point with the Kahanist leaders in power, including the unmasked Netanyahu himself, the majority of Israeli Kahanists in the electorate, the Annexation on the April 9 ballot, the Nation-state Law, the Regulation Law, and all the many wildly illegal acts of the last several years and months

  • Mar 7, 2019 @ 5:44 at 5:44

    The old enemies are still enemies.
    Russia. Persia. Philistines.
    Wipe ‘em all out. Nuke ‘em. Annihilate ‘em.

    Just kidding. I know they’re really destined for destruction in the Gog/Magog battle.

    • Mar 7, 2019 @ 5:48 at 5:48

      Involuntary Narcissitic Rage is a tough nut to crack – 5 yrs on the couch

      • Mar 7, 2019 @ 5:53 at 5:53

        Truth Denial is indicative of mental illness.
        Probably incurable unless the patient is willing to open his eyes.

        • Mar 7, 2019 @ 6:34 at 6:34

          Your antisemite squatter government goes apoplectic at kites and balloons, and you want to nuke Russia!

          In what vessel to you intend to bomb Moscow–a flying yarmulke?

          Stupid arrogance bodes for an unwell future.

          • Mar 7, 2019 @ 6:38 at 6:38

            The carpet-bombing squatters did just kill a 15 year old child.

            Persia is no doubt trembling as today in the face of such a powerful force!

  • Mar 7, 2019 @ 8:15 at 8:15

    Over specified statement hiding the lie!
    They #would# give up parts of erez israel for a bilateral “good” deal¡

    Item: There will be no more unilateral disengagements in Judea and Samaria or withdrawals from four strategic areas: the settlement blocs, the Jordan Valley, Jerusalem and the Golan.

    No more UNILATERAL but may be a BILATERAL!!

    Cave carnem

  • Mar 7, 2019 @ 9:16 at 9:16

    I find it hard to believe that the rabbi’s have not spoken out and explained what the Torah instructs us to do in this situation. The answer is simple enough. Those who wish to live in peace in Israel can stay under certain conditions. Those who refuse must be driven out. We don’t necessarily have to kill them unless they fight back. We are not supposed to even agree to make a covenant with them at all.

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