On the eve of the election a group of prominent Americans met with President Reuven Rivlin in his office. He tried to avoid politics, but in response to one of the more sophisticated questions he set his mouth free. “Sometimes you need to provide a ladder so that leaders can get down from the trees they have climbed,” he said. Everybody understood that his main effort would be to bring Bibi Netanyahu and Buji Herzog down to earth to unify forces.
This is quite a challenge. Jews are always better at disagreeing. As the cliché goes: two Jews, three opinions. Ten will have 15. Provocative thinking sometimes makes life more interesting, but when it comes to our neighborhood, to our challenged existence, it can be counterproductive.