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BIBI THE PEACENIK?

Is Netanyahu a New Ariel Sharon in Disguise?

Is Bibi now Sharon Number Two? Sharon turned on backers and expelled Jews from Gaza. Bibi frees terrorists and chases surrender. A new poll shows his star soaring and Lapid’s dropping. Bibi the “peacenik?”
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Netanyahu in the Knesset in 2006

Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Netanyahu in the Knesset in 2006

A new poll has surprised observers and shows that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party has soared past its current strength while Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party has taken a nosedive in popularity. Labor also is suddenly more popular.

The Smith surveying company including carried out the poll for the Globes business newspaper, which reported, “The resumption of the peace talks with the Palestinians is benefiting the Likud, restoring its political fortunes after a long slide.”

Polls themselves can be inaccurate, cause and effect are not necessarily obvious, and the public, especially the Israeli public, can be very fickle.

But the bottom line is that Netanyahu is solidly up front, perhaps reflecting the public’s feeling of less uncertainty in the short term, regardless of the incredible gamble Netanyahu has taken for the long term.

No one knew what was going on inside Ariel Sharon’s mind when he flabbergasted the public and turned traitor to the Likud’s own policy platform by carrying out the removal of all Israeli civilians and soldiers from Gaza, even at the expense of bolting the Likud and forming the Kadima party.

Critics assume that he did so to make a bundle for him and a friend by establishing a casino in northern Gaza, which never got off the drawing boards.

However, when people get older, especially when they are in a position of power, their egos do strange things to the brain. Perhaps they want their place in history, or perhaps they think they have one last chance in life to save the world.

The same may not be true for Prime Minister Netanyahu, who will be 64 in October, but the fact is that in the past three years, he has turned from Mr. Hawk to almost Mr. Dove, constantly caving in to pressure from President Obama.

Whether the White House is offering him something in return concerning Iran is conjecture, but Netanyahu’s capitulation – freeing terrorists and chasing surrender –  is reminiscent of Yitzchak Rabin’s. He once promised he would never shake the hand of Yasser Arafat, but Rabin ended up signing a peace agreement with him.

Globes noted that Netanyahu sat twice this week in the Knesset cafeteria, where journalists and Cabinet ministers mingle, after appearing there only once in the previous four years. Apparently, the man feels more comfortable with journalists now that he has indicated he is willing to toy with the left-wing media’s agenda.

It would take an earthquake or two to make a Netanyahu a Nobel Peace Prize  Laureate, but for the time being, he would be happy to settle for a more comfortable position in the coalition government.

The latest poll proves that Netanyahu has made mincemeat out of Lapid and left Bennett with just about the same support he had. The national religious crowd, like Shas, always goes to bat for its own leader, but the team never is able to fill the empty bleacher seats with more enthusiasts.

On the surface, the resumption of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority was the major event this week that might have changed the Likud’s and Yesh Atid’s fortunes in the poll.

Lapid is increasingly being seen by his supporters as having reneged on his promises to help the middle class and is being throwing into the same ”capitalist” class as Netanyahu.

That would explain why respondents in the poll dumped Lapid and gave Labor, headed by Shelly Yachimovich, a whopping 18 seats, five more than it holds in the current Knesset.

Rounding out the list, Meretz continues to gain strength adding one more projected seat to come up 10 Knesset members, four more than now, Shas is making a comeback to its present strength of 11 seats, Naftalli Bennett’s Jewish Home party picks up one more for 13 mandates, and Tzipi Livni is languishing with three seats, half her party’s current strength. She is not getting any Brownie points for being Netanyahu’s errand girl.

Last is the polls is Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima, which would go into its well-deserved political graveyard and be shut out of the next Knesset.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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9 Responses to “Is Netanyahu a New Ariel Sharon in Disguise?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Likud Beytenu would receive 33 seats instead of its current 31 seats and Bayit Yehudi would receive 13 seats instead of its current 12 seats. Proportionally, Bayit Yehudi's increase is slightly better than Likud's.

  2. Kenneth Bob says:

    Labor has 15 seats, not 13 in the current Knesset. Might be good idea to correct the article online to reflect the facts.

  3. Anonymous says:

    SUGGESTED TEXT. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    He who saves a human life, is if he has saved an entire world.

    I ask you, as an official of the government of Israel, to insist that the Israel Prison Service order careful reconsideration of every case where a convicted murderer is slated to be set free.

    Contrary to those who state that the.
    The "haarachat mesukanut" process of the Israel Prison Service does.
    nor
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    ,take the recent.
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    military law, who was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 15 years in prision. His appeal for.
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    Kindly view this.
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    All we ask is that the.
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    the standards of the.
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    If this process saves one human life, we will have succeeded.

    The Knesset has one more week before the summer recess. This is the time to act.

  4. Absolutely, Netanyahu is a mirror image of Sharon and will cause even more harm, if you dare imagine – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/07/12/abbassabu-mazens-palestinian-authority-its-unrelenting-anti-jewish-incitement-leftist-peace-fetishists-outside-inside-israel-soldier-on-what-to-do-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/.
    As a result, the PM must resign, he is no longer capable of protecting our Zionist interests, regardless of his babblings!
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/.

  5. Cody Flecker says:

    One must always remember that we are dealing with Jewish People. A People well steeped in Torah and well endowed with the term surrender. Israelis have nothing to be ashamed of when defending their country, yet always act even when attacked by the Muslims that everything is their (Israeli) fault. Regardless of giving up the Sinai three times, or the Gaza, or anywhere else, Israel is at fault. Now another 1000 murderers are going to be released, just to begin talks. How insane is that? What other country on earth goes to these extreme lengths just to prove their stupidity? None…that is reserved only for Israel.

  6. You are rigt Netanayhu has to resign and call for new elections to a new leader with balls.

  7. You are rigt Netanayhu has to resign and call for new elections to a new leader with balls.

  8. It is a shame that Netanyahu allows blackmailing from Obama and Abbas, he must resigne and call a new elections, I don't believe the polls, there allways manipuled from politians.

  9. Randy Hahn says:

    Is it possible that Ariel was just trying to get his people out of Gaza before he attacked? Souns like something a smart general would consider before attacking.

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