Friday, February 06, 2009

Israeli Election Obama Style

Obama’s election is showing up in faraway places, not so much from the standpoint of how he is governing the country, but rather from the successful campaign he waged. There seems to be a copycat effect in the current Israeli Prime Minister race, which will come to a vote next week.

The female candidate Tzipi Livni is campaigning on a platform that says “Vote for Change.” Where have we heard that? She is even distributing tee shirts with the logo “Believni”. She’s asking Israelis to vote for hope in a fresh start, the way American voters did.

The hawkish Netanyahu campaign has its own tee shirt that says “No, She Can’t”. Sounds rather like McCain to me. He promises not to compromise on security matters even if pressured by the Americans to do so.

The ultra-Orthodox party has a bumper sticker that reads “Yes, We Can” in big blue letters and an addendum below that says “With God’s Help”.

Livni has borrowed from Obama’s heavy use of technology, making her website and her personal Blog a crucial part of her campaign.

She’s probably best suited to work with the Obama government to further the peace process. But there are people who will vote against her for that very reason.

As Israel looks to curry world opinion, much as the US would like to do, this election is a critical one. I suppose it’s no surprise that Israelis are just as interested in change as Americans are.


Blogger Kristin said...

I can't even imagine where we'll go from here. Political campaigns are certainly changing.

3:32 PM  
Blogger tut-tut said...

It's very very interesting right now; worldwide changes are afoot, I'm very hopeful.

I just read that the Republicans met this VERY WEEK with Joe the Plumber to discuss the economy. This is sheer lunacy.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

It's interesting how people all over the world are yearning for change. I hope this means we're on the verge of something brave and new and hopeful!

3:49 PM  
Blogger e said...

Great posting! I hope we can effect less brutal consequences and change in Israel, and have some peace and dignity for everyone.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Merle Sneed said...

I think Israel has enemies that unrelenting in their hatred of Israel. In the end, which ever candidate wins, things will remain tense.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Fire Byrd said...

Don't think it matters how the politicians get there, just as long as when they do the work to sort out the mess they find themselves in, wherever they are!

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This would be an exciting, vibrant time to be in Israel! (I've never been there, but maybe someday...) We can relate to that breath of hope for change, can't we? :-)


7:26 PM  

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