MEET THE STRATEGIC POLITICAL ADVISERS WHO ARE INFLUENCING ISRAEL’S ELECTIONS
They aren’t household names in Israel and certainly not abroad, but these advisers of top politicians are the big factors behind the scenes.
The word is said to come from the Native American practice of dancing to encourage the gods to send rain needed to grow crops.
Nowadays, that dance is done by movers and shakers behind the scenes who help top politicians grow their political support by planting the right ideas and strategies.
The word tends to be used for advisers who purposely keep a low profile, both despite their success and because of it. You won’t find too much about them if you search for them on the Internet, but they are well-known to the political leaders who depend on their advice and are awed or destroyed by them.
They are the unsung heroes and villains of the April 9 election, which with all due respect to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, would undoubtedly look very different were it not for their hard work.
Most of them refused to be interviewed for this article, not out of disrespect and not because they are genuinely extremely busy ahead of an election, but due to well-thought-out strategy to keep their bosses in the limelight and themselves in the dark.
The following are among the most successful of Israel’s political rainmakers.
Tal Alexandrovich Segev, 45,
Benny Gantz’s strategist