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Knesset Opens the Tent to its 20th Circus

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The 20th Knesset opens up its doors Tuesday for what the Opposition fears may be a stable and long-lasting government dominated by three sectors to which it is allergic – settlers, Haredim and reformers.

Yuri Edelstein of the Likud is to be re-elected Speaker of the Knesset, a position that often is better fit for a bouncer when one considers some of the belligerent behavior by several circus performers disguised as Knesset Members.

President Reuven Rivlin, former Speaker, will open the session with great pomp and circumstance before the Knesset gets back to its usual routine of slapstick.

A small number of the MKs whose expertise is at lying will do so off the bat by stating:

I pledge allegiance to the State of Israel and to faithfully fulfill my mission in the Knesset.

Several Arab Knesset Members, and so this won’t be considered a racist statement it is possible to include one or two Jewish MKs, publicly state that Israel should not be a Jewish state, HaTikvah should not be the national anthem, and young men and women should not serve in the “occupation” army.

But to be fair, if that is how they pledge allegiance to Israel, then they are faithfully fulfilling their duty as a fifth column.

Like it not, HaTikvah will be sung by most of the MKs as the Arab MKs walk out. Perhaps they will be joined by Labor – make that “Zionist Union” – MK Stav Shaffir, who once called it a racist song and said at a protest:

I had no problem with the flag [of Israel]; I had a problem with ‘HaTikvah.’ Not all citizens of the state are Jewish.

The MKs, including 39 novices, will get on the soapbox on Wednesday for their first speeches while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continues to line up his potential coalition partners.

Netanyahu’s favorite hobby is playing political games. One of his surprise announcements during the election campaign was to declare that former Likud MK Moshe Kachlon, who now is chairman of his Kulanu party, will be finance minister in his government.

Kachlon has since shown his credentials as master at political games and an egomaniac, two conditions for becoming Prime Minister.

He has balked at becoming Minister of Finance because Prime Minister Netanyahu decided that Haredi MK Moshe Gafni of Yehadut HaTorah (United Torah Judaism) will head the Finance Committee.

Kachlon yelled “foul” because he thinks that Netanyahu needs him so much that he can also be at least half a prime minister.

Netanyahu needs Kachlon because the Kulanu party has 10 seats, but Kachlon also needs Netanyahu because the alternatives of a left-wing coalition or a national unity government with the “Zionist Union” are not real alternatives.

Negotiations still are going on and it remains to be seen who will be the first to reach an agreement – the coalition or Iran.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Kerry Sweating to Save Face and Announce ‘Peace Talks’

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has turned his schedule upside down to keep his three-ring circus from collapsing under his “peace tent” that he has weighted down with his fake smile and iron fist to save himself from looking like a diplomatic clown.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas are not so stupid as to let themselves be blamed for any failure to resume a charade of the resumption of the peace process after a hiatus of more than two years. That leaves Kerry doing cartwheels to get the monkey off his back.

Israel has insisted that there be no pre-conditions, which in today’s diplomatic acrobats would mean acceding whatever Abbas demands, such as a building freeze or accepting a future PA state on the “basis” of the old borders of Israel.

Abbas has insisted that the only thing to talk about is when Israel is ready to accept what he considers a de facto state based on all of his political and territorial demands that the United Nations General Assembly, which is in his pocket, has confirmed through a resolution that is non-binding but which gave the PA a free pass to sit on key U.N. committees such as UNESCO. Next in line is the International Court.

Kerry has brought in Jordan’s King Abdullah into the picture. He is on his knees before Washington because of the spillover of the Syrian civil war into Jordan and the kingdom’s own precarious state in the face of louder tremors from the Bedouin and non-Jordan Arabs (read: Arabs who fled from Israel.) Add to that the up and coming Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan and you come up with n explosive mixture that makes the king all the more dependent on the United States for help.

King Abdullah will do anything Kerry tells him to do, and it is in his own best interests to show himself as peacemaker by bringing the three-ring circus into his own court.

Netanyahu has two Israelis who are weighing him down. President Shimon Peres and “Minister of Peace Process” Tzipi Livni, like Kerry, have made as career out of “good will” concessions to the Palestinian Authority.

It is anyone’s guess what will come out of all this, but after wading through all of the trial balloons and media manipulation by the actors, Kerry clearly will be a lot less effective in other parts of the world if he is seen as a failure in the Middle East and cannot pin the blame on Abbas or Netanyahu for failing to resume direct talks.

The worst-case scenario for Kerry, if he cannot pull off a four-way stage show now, probably will be an agreement to continue talk about continuing to agree to talk about an agreement.

The circus must go on.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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