Jun 25, 2016
Embrace Ya’alon is getting from the center-left is politically disastrous for him ● Barak isn't interested in becoming the premier, just getting rid of the incumbent ● Netanyahu knows that calling his detractors 'leftists' boosts his chance of staying on top.
Lt. Gen. (res.) Moshe Ya’alon is a soldier. In his heart, his soul and his essence. He needs a framework. Rules. Discipline. A strict schedule. Given that, he comports himself like a paragon of valor. But the minute he’s cut loose, his virtual uniform gone, his internal compass goes haywire. He comes out looking like what he really is: a human being. He plays the flute with singer Yehuda Poliker, lunches with buddies, does yoga on International Yoga Day. A photo of Ya’alon, legs crossed and palms together, shanti-like, swept the social networks earlier this week.
It’s cute, it’s human, but it’s not how you become a candidate for prime minister. In announcing his resignation as defense minister four weeks ago, Ya’alon declared he was taking a “time out.” Since then, it’s been impossible to escape him. The guy is everywhere. Every novice strategic adviser would have had him disappear for a few months and let the media conjecture about his future moves. The greater the anticipation regarding what he may have to say, the higher his value in the political market.
Nothing bad would have befallen him if he’d persisted in his silence and canceled his planned speech at the Herzliya Conference a week ago, an event in which many politicians took part. He has to set himself apart from all the others. His first public appearance after his resignation ought to have been a big media event following a long break, and not one more speech in a chain. Nor would a bit of pathos and charisma hurt. In Herzliya he sounded like a group leader in the Boy Scouts.