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Jewish Home: Netanyahu Wants Us Out of Government

The Likud is only using Bennett's party to bring down Yair Lapid's price.
Israeli's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaking hands with Labor party leader Shelly Yachimovich, who is flanked by Naftali Bennett to her right and Yair Lapid to her left.

Israeli's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaking hands with Labor party leader Shelly Yachimovich, who is flanked by Naftali Bennett to her right and Yair Lapid to her left.
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Do you get the feeling that the Haredi position on military service is a lot like, le’havdil, the Palestinian position on territory? In both cases, the Israeli government keeps offering comprises, while the other side’s idea of a compromise is total capitulation of the government. Right now, there is no major Haredi leader who considers any service at all for anyone at all as an option. If Lapid gives in at this point, he is bound to lose his voter base – which is exactly what Netanyahu is hoping.

Indeed, the Yesh Atid team, led by several old war horses, including Uri Shani, who used to be the Likud CEO and a special adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, are not particularly impressed by the Likud’s maneuvering and statements—which continue to be as lame as the Likud campaign that cost the party 11 seats. You’d expect the political pros to be on the prime minister’s team, but those seem to be exclusively amateurs—as in whoever it was who advised Avigdor Libernman to start badmouthing Lapid for his ambitions (“There’s this one guy who hasn’t yet warmed a Knesset seat and already wants to be prime minister,” Liberman griped, sounding like the Russian version of Rav Ovadia.).

So Yesh Atid is not giving an inch. “Sure, we can compromise on some small details where a dialog is possible, like the number of students who continue to study in yeshivas, but not on the core outline,” senior party officials clarified in response. “If anyone thinks that it’s feasible for us get into the government without a law that states that every young Israeli is charged with either military or civilian service, and that no community is exempt from this duty, they should know that there is nothing to discuss.”

Interestingly, Avigdor Liberman has traditionally been just as vehement about making the Haredim serve, but on him it always looked more like a ploy to attract his Russian voters than a serious principle—after all, he’s had four years to do something about it as leader of the second largest coalition partner.

Both Yesh Atid and Jewish Home are scheduled to continue their sessions with the Likud on Thursday, and you are welcome to view this entire article, with all the leaks in it, as those two parties’ own means of exerting pressure on Netanyahu.

It’s the 28 days of coalition talks, a notoriously nasty and angry period on Israel’s political calendar. In the end there are no winners, only less bruised losers.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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2 Responses to “Jewish Home: Netanyahu Wants Us Out of Government”

  1. Our political system is total dreck. I see why almost all of my neighbors didn't even bother to vote. I'm so disgusted by our politics, I may never bother to vote again.

  2. Mr Netanyahu should THINK AGAIN. Look to the heart of the man. Naftali Bennet is for Israel, not for himself. He and his party will be blessed.

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