The international media and some analysts in Israel are quick to say that recent protests signal the increasing influence of the long-dormant Israeli left and the arrival of the Arab Spring in Israel. Not quite, I’m afraid.A revival of the Israeli left would make President Obama’s life easier: Labor governments are usually more willing to help the US nudge the peace process along. But don’t hold your breath. 100,000 people demonstrating against a dictator is a crisis; 100,000 in a democracy means it’s a sunny day. Netanyahu can make some economic changes. He shouldn’t have a problem keeping his job at least until the next election in 2013. As the host of one popular Israeli radio show told the New York Times,
It’s summer, the kids are on holiday, you live in a tent, it’s fun. The demonstrations are not very focused. They are for a higher standard of living. Fine. But there is no danger to this government.