What happens when you inject the coarse, ruthless sensibility of Russian authoritarianism and the amoral spin of U.S. media consultants into what had been the comparatively mild, respectful Israeli political arena? You get, as senior writer Liel Leibovitz argues today in Tablet Magazine, the death of the true Israeli right. (The Israeli left died, too, but arguably for different reasons.) Now even old-line Likudniks barely recognize their own country, as opportunists like Prime Minister Netanyahu and petty-tyrants like Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman remake it in their own, distasteful images.

Left for Dead