G7 successfully manages photo-ops
+The governing principle now adopted in Israel seems to be ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’ and I wonder for how long such a cynical foundation will sustain the new government. Not long I suspect. For one thing, the vote of confidence delivered by the Knesset for the new government, with 60 for and 59 against leaves the door open for just one or two defections over the coming months to split the governing ranks, and there will certainly be growing discordant strains as natural opponents in the coalition seek to convince their own constituencies of the value of the compromises they’ve made, and to avoid the charge of being traitors to their own cause. Having said which there is cause for celebration (temporarily at least) at the fall of Netanyahu, whose legacy so far has been to solidify Israel as a legally constituted apartheid state. I’m sure this charge will be rebutted by those who point to the unprecedented arrival of Arab Israelis into government ranks. Quite how they and their communities are now treated will be an acid test of that argument, and of course many Arabs live in a world of Israeli colonial oppression. This is bound to lead to heightened tensions in the Palestinian camp. In the meantime the man who lost a vote of confidence by just one vote will be Trump-eting that his opponents ‘stole the vote’ and will be working overtime to regain his crown as ‘King Bibi.’ Out of the pan, into the fire.
+It didn’t occur to me at the time of the Johnson’s wedding that it had to be done before the G7 meeting, so that Carrie could stand tall with the First Ladies, and the Johnson’s new sprog could be paraded around like a little cuddly pooch for admiring glances. This is a bad thing. The idea of a Boris Junior, so early on getting a taste of fulfilled attention seeking is deeply worrying. A sense of entitlement is all the chubby little lad needs. Is that the subliminal message of this year's G7 summit?
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