Such a Nasty Woman (Miri Regev & the Intersectional Right in Israel)

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Shes’ right, of course. In comparison to her, the Israeli creative class and Jewish left, those largely Ashkenazi elites, are out maneuvered and “tight-assed.” No one knows how to play the political field like Culture Minister Miri Regev, who works at the intersection of race, class, gender, religion, and ideology. Has the left given up on the game, as if unable to understand the rules by which the political game works? For now without leadership, the left in Israel is sad and impotent. In politics, imagination still trumps reason. No, none of this is simple, but truth is not at issue. The first rule in politics is that you want to avoid shitting on the powerful constellation of symbols, myths, and narratives that motivates large sectors, if not a majority of the country. “Such a nasty woman,” her very physical presence is charismatic. Read her profile here in the NYT Sunday Magazine. “In person she is warm; after two minutes of conversation she will call you kapara(‘sweetheart’ in Jewish Moroccan dialect) or neshama (‘soul’ in Hebrew). Yet in public life she comes across as crass and hotheaded.” There she is at the “wearing an all-black ensemble and crimson lipstick, a murmur swept through the auditorium. She is a striking, fiery presence with wide-set eyes, prominent lips and dark hair streaked with reddish highlights.Standing in front of the audience, her expression set between a smirk and a scowl.” In the article, she comes across as something of an opportunist. Is it true that she flirted with the left before joining the Likud? She is the new Israeli Jew.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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