L’Israël de Tzipi Livni

HAIFA – Célèbres pour leur irrévérence, les Israéliens ont tendance à appeler leurs chefs par leur prénom ou le surnom de leur enfance. Mais ne vous y trompez pas : Tzipi (Tzipora) Livni n’est la meilleure amie de personne. Son style aride, son attitude distante et ses sourires forcés en font une Israélienne atypique. Et c’est peut-être exactement ce dont le pays a besoin aujourd’hui : une Israélienne atypique aux commandes.

Fraîchement élue à la tête du parti Kadima, Livni n’a vaincu son rival Shaoul Mofaz que de justesse. Son prédécesseur, Ehoud Olmert, enseveli sous les accusations de corruption et réduit à démissionner, est loin d’être son meilleur atout. Mais, au-delà des limites étroites du parti, les sondages d’opinion se sont montrés exceptionnellement favorables : un vaste échantillon de la population israélienne veut Livni comme dirigeante. Cela faisait longtemps qu’un personnage public n’avait pas gagné une si haute estime. Si elle parvient à reconstruire la coalition d’Olmert et qu’elle devient le prochain Premier ministre israélien, son crédit initial, chez elle comme à l’étranger, sera exceptionnel.

La raison en est que Livni représente parfaitement “l’Israël moyen.” Elle vient du cœur d’une société civile fructueuse et modérée, flanquée par l’extrémisme et la colère.

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