Like Yeshiva Chovevei Torah, the Hartmann Institute in Israel is an "Orthodox" institution, only that its definition of Orthodoxy si somewhat different from maintain Torah observant Judaism. If anything, the Hartmann Institute is worse in that Rav Avi Weiss still has (for now) some red lines he won't cross because he still recognizes you cannot honestly call yourself Orthodox if you allow certain things that Orthodox tradition does not allow. The Hartmann Institute knows no such red lines. In traditional left wing fashion, they feel free to advertise themselves as Orthodox and traditional because they feel they are, their lack of Orthodoxy and traditionalism not withstanding.
For whatever weird reason, a movement away from Torah true values is usually accompanied by a strong attachment to classic left wing liberalism. And one of the great tenets of left wing liberalism is a selective appreciate of democracy: the system only works when a left wing government is in power or a supreme court has a left wing majority. Otherwise the system isn't "representative" of the people under it, because it would be left wing if it was, because only left wing folks count.
Hence the declaration by Donniel Hartman that the Israeli right wing is dead. Never mind that Likud staged a stunning resurrection in the last election and that the only reason it didn't do better is because the even more right wing Yisrael Beiteinu grabbed a good number of seats. For Hartman this is no proof:
As is evidenced, however, over the last four weeks of Netanyahu's coalition discussions, it is clear that there is no right-wing majority within Israeli society.
His ongoing attempt to court Kadima and Labor signifies that he himself is not so easily subjected to right-wing classification. Netanyahu knows full well that the 65-seat coalition he might be able to form is not an ideologically united group, but one of deeply varying ideologies and interests that will fundamentally make his leadership on almost any issue, foreign or internal, impossible. While he nominally ran as leader of the so-called right-wing bloc, it is not his preference for the future of the country. Netanyahu's natural partners are Kadima and Labor, and he knows that.
There are many words to describe Netanyahu but centrist isn't one of them. Unlike Olmert and Livni who come from proper right wing backgrounds but betrayed them for the sake of power and friendly receptions in anti-Semitic European society, Netanyahu has not given up on his beliefs. Yes, he tried to form a coalition with Kadima. How better to reabsorb the former Likudniks who bolted his party with Ariel Sharon and discredit the left side of the worst group of
opportunists the country has ever seen? Has he tried to court Barak and Labour? Of course, and for two reasons. One is that Barak is probably the most competent defence minister the Knesset can offer (although that's not saying much) and secondly, making Labour a junior party in the government is the Likud's way of kicking someone who's already down.
The only reason Netanyahu cannot form a pure right wing coalition is not because the right wing in Israel is lacking. It's very much alive and it won the last election. The reason is the selfishness of the various right wing parties, none of which are prepared to put the good of the country above their own selfish agendas. (By the way, it's no different on the left). So when Hartman notes:
What does this really mean for Israeli society? If the election had any outcome, it was not the victory of the so-called right, nor the defeat of the so-called left, but rather the clear defeat of both
He is simply denying reality because reality doesn't reflect what he believes. Contrary to his preferred and enlightened opinion, Israeli society is very polarized. In the previous election, the one that brought Kadima to power, society was in a left wing mood, prepared to make compromise and punish those "religious fanatics" in 'Aza who were insolently pro-Zionist. This time, having lived through two failed wars, they had swung the other way.
The right wing in Israel is defined by one simple belief: Israel's interest in survival and thrivign are the most important thing. The Israeli left is defined by the opposite belief: Israel's interest is in appeasing implacable enemies even at the cost of national suicide. Seen from that angle, Hartman's believe in the death of the Israeli Right is so much empty wishing.