No matter how painful Israel’s economic problems may be, security still comes first.
Kulanu, the new Israeli party that won 10 seats and is likely to be the linchpin in election winner Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition, campaigned on economic issues. Kulanu needed to bring in former Israel ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, so that it wouldn’t be completely bereft of a foreign policy voice. Yet, Kulanu, impressive though its showing may be, did not change the fundamental Israeli reality: fears over security. When all is said and done about the Israeli economy, there was a brutal war in Gaza last summer.