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Haredi and Hard-Core Right-Wingers May Help Elect the Left

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

A new poll on Friday showing the possible demise of Shas should make Sephardi Rabbi Chaim Amsalem and right-wing Otzma leader Michael Ben-Ari think twice about running the elections, but their egos probably will seal their ears.

If each of them insists on running in their own independent parties, they are unlikely to win the minimum number of votes to enter the Knesset and will waste tens of thousands of votes that otherwise would go to the Jewish Home and the other two Sephardi parties.

That means the other parties, particular those on the center-left, get a bigger slice of the pie and could end up with enough votes to form a coalition government, thanks to those who are dead-set against it.

It will be tougher for a party to enter the Knesset this year because the new threshold has been upped to 3.25 percent of the vote, meaning that a party needs approximately 125,000 votes to win representation.

In the last election, the threshold was only 2 percent, but Otzma still missed being elected.

Ben-Ari is known to support the Lehava anti-assimilation group, whose leader Bentzi Gupstein and nearly a dozen others were arrested this month.

Ben-Ari is a true ideologue. He compares Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with Labor party chairman Yitzchak Herzog, both of whom are left-wingers in his opinion. He calls himself the real “right wing,” a label Likud Knesset Member Danny Danon claims for himself in his campaign to defeat Netanyahu as party chairman in elections next week.

As for taking votes away from the Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) party and ending up with zero seats in the Knesset, Ben-Ari apparently has no answer. When asked by Channel 20, “Aren’t you afraid of wasting right-wing votes?” he simply blamed Yisrael Beitenu for raising the threshold, as if blaming someone else for the likely result justifies his being the reason.

Ben-Ari’s anger at right-wing politicians who compromise in order to stay in power is absolutely correct but also proves why he should not be in politics. There is an old expression, “Would you rather be right or be president?”

In his case, he would rather be right, in both senses of the word, a position that could help Herzog and his sidekick Tzipi Livni become the rotating prime ministers.

Rabbi Amsalem’s Am Shalem party, like Otzma, failed to enter the Knesset in the last elections, and he is not likely to fare better this time around.

That did not stop him from meeting with supporters this week to discuss tossing his kippa into the political ring again and splitting up the Sephardi religious vote that already is divided between Shas, headed by Aryeh Deri, and Eli Yishai’s new party.

And now for today’s poll released by Panels, rated as one of the most accurate election campaign polls.

Shas would not win enough votes to enter the Knesset, and Yishai would win only four, which is marginal, compared with nine Shas MKs in the Knesset that disbanded this month.

That means votes for Shas are wasted.

The poll was taken before Ben-Ari announced his intentions to run and it gave the Jewish Home a very impressive 18 seats in the Knesset.

The Otzma party could easily cut that down to 16.

Here is the lineup if elections were held today, according to Panels:

Labor-Livni – 24;

Likud – 24;

Jewish Home -18;

Arab parties – 13;

Lapid (Yesh Atid) – 11;

Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) – 7;

Yehadut HaTorah (Ashkenaz Haredi) – 7;

Meretz – 6;

Yisrael Beitenu – 6;

Eli Yishai – 4.

If Amsalem enters the race, he could take away enough seats away from Yishai to leave the three religious Sephardic parties with zero.

Zoabi Sues Likud MK Danon for Video Showing Her as Pro-Terror

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Arab Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi –- the one who sailed with IHH terrorists, said that the kidnap-murderers of three yeshiva boys last June were not terrorists, defends terrorists and calls soldiers ‘Nazis” – is suing Likud Knesset Member Danny Danon for a video showing her in jail with terrorists.

If the lawsuit is judged on the truth of the video content, Zoabi is liable to lose. The judicial system already has rejected her appeal against her being banned from the Knesset for six months because of her unruly behavior and incendiary remarks.

Besides that, the video, as seen below, is cute.

Zoabi doesn’t think so, and her Balad party plans to go the police to charge Danon with incitement, the irony of the year.

Lyrics to the clip are sung to the tune of “Oh Susanna” as the action shows “Sheriff” Danon locking up Zoabi in jail along with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and Azmi Bishara, a former Knesset Member in Zoabi’s Balad party who fled the country  after being indicted for aiding Hezbollah in the Second Lebanon War.

Danon posted the video as part of his campaign against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the elections next week for chairman of the Likud party.

After hearing of Zoabi’s lawsuit, Danon said she deserves to be in jail. The public may be behind him, judging by a recent poll showing that 90 percent of the respondents support revoking her citizenship.

The lyrics of the video panning Zoabi include, “There is a limit to every traitor.”

Danon has sponsored the “Zoabi bill” that would allow for a Knesset majority to get rid of an MK who backs a terrorist organization, and he has asked the Elections Committee to bar her from running in the elections.

A similar move in the last elections was rejected.

“Sheriff” Danon is not the only going Hollywood in the elections.

A Jewish Home candidate has produced another silly if not stupid video that is even more childish than the one posted last week on behalf of party chairman Naftali Bennett, disguised as a leftist who apologizes for everything in life, especially when someone else is to blame. He takes off his disguise at the end of the clip and says, “It is time to stop apologizing.”

Now it is the turn of Jewish Home candidate Ronen Shoval, who reached almost as low as Livni did last week when she appeared on a television satirical show and called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu  a “zero” and ”impotent.”

Ronen’s cheap shots were aimed at Livni and Peace Now chairman Yair Oppenheimer, who are depicted in a video as zombies in the forest where. The duet trap a cyclist and are about to kill him when he throws them off balance by throwing them a  copy of the left-wing Haaretz newspaper, which no good leftist can resist from grabbing to read the latest anti-Zionist scoops.

If this video and Livni’s “satire” gutter remarks are a preview of what is in store for us for the next 80-plus days, we are in for a bad movie.

At least it’s free.

Latest Election Poll

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Channel 2 has released their latest election poll run by Machon Sarid, of 500 people on December 24, 2014:

Labor (Herzog/Livni): 25

Likud (Netanyahu): 22

Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 17

Yisrael Beiteinu (Liberman): 10

Yesh Atid (Lapid): 9

Kulanu (Kachlon): 7

UTJ (Litzman/Gafni): 7

Meretz (Gal-on): 7

Arab Parties: 6

Hadash (Arab/Communist): 6

Shas (Deri): 4

Update: Bayit Yehudi Finally Has the Education Ministry – and Turns it Down

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

UPDATE: In a very unexpected move, the Bayit Yehudi party has turned down the Ministry of Education portfolio, as well as the Welfare ministry. The party said it was inappropriate to take over these ministerial position for such a short period of time.


Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett is slated to take over the Education Ministry, and another party official will take over the Welfare Ministry, Yediot Acharonot reported Thursday.

Bayit Yehudi, or its predecessor, the Mafdal party, hasn’t held the Education Minister’s portfolio since 1999, when Meretz took it over. Historically, the Ministry of Education has always been considered the flagship ministry for the religious-Zionist party.

After 15 years in the desert, even 3 short months of water looks good.

Both Education and Welfare ministries were held by Yesh Atid Knesset Members, who quit after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fired their party’s leader Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, prompting new elections.

Bennett, who is Minister of Economy, has not officially responded to Netanyahu’s offer, which also includes giving the Jewish Home party the Welfare ministry. It probably will beheaded by either MK Uri Orbach or Housing Minister Uri Ariel.

Yesterday, Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud) received the Ministry of Health.

Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) has been approved to receive the position of Deputy Minister of Science and Information. Hotovely is already the Deputy Minister of Transportation and Road Safety.

Ofir Akunis received responsibility for Environmental Quality as a deputy minister.

Netanyahu appointed the lawyer Ofir Nimrod to oversea the Ministry of Finance.

And the Right is Back

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Former MK Michael Ben-Ari is back and running again for Knesset. His revamped party is now called Otzma Yehudit.

In the previous elections, Ben-Ari’s party, then called Otzma L’Yisrael, just missed passing the Knesset’s minimum threshold by 9000 votes. In this election, the minimum threshold for entry is even higher.

The new party is clearly trying to distinguish itself from Naftali Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi, and defines itself as the real Right – and saying that the right-wing doesn’t talk about “two-state solutions”.

They hope to push the point that Bennett isn’t a “real” right-winger, which interestingly enough, may work to Bennett’s benefit, as having a party to the right of Bayit Yehudi may make Bennett look even more moderate and appealing to a larger voter segment.

There is also talk of Otzma Yehudit wanting to join forces with Eli Yishai, but at this point it’s just talk.

Hatnua Party Collapses, Herzog Buys a Cat in the Bag

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Besides the Yisrael Beiteinu MK(s?) whom we won’t be seeing in the next Knesset after today’s revelations, a few more politicians will be leaving us for good from Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party.

Amram Mitzna (Hatnua) announced today that he informed Tzipi Livni that he won’t be running in the next elections. Though unlike his compatriot Elazar Stern who announced that he was leaving the Hatnua party earlier this week, Mitzna thinks the merger with Labor was a good move.

Meir Sheetrit (Hatnua) is expected to announce his retirement from politics tomorrow.

Sheetrit is a controversial politician who has worked very hard over the last decade to deploy various Big Brother platforms onto the citizenship, in particular government controlled DNA databases for newborns and biometric databases for citizens.

Yesterday, HaTnua MK David Tzur announced his retirement from politics.

Besides Tzipi Livni, that only leaves Amir Peretz as MKs in the HaTnua party, and he’s been known to publicly get confused as to which party he’s currently serving in, but that might be OK now that he’s returning to Labor.

Two weeks ago, Yitzchak Herzog, chairman of the Labor party, agreed to not only merge Labor together with Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party, but if they managed to form a coalition with themselves at the top of the heap, Herzog agreed to share the premiership with Livni, and rotate the position of Prime Minister between the two of them.

Herzog thought he was buying a pig in the poke, but he apparently only got a cat in the bag.

Likud Party Bars Netanyahu from Running as Chairman

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

The Likud party’s comptroller ruled on Wednesday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cannot run to head the party in the December 31 leadership vote because he allegedly used party funds for his own campaign to head the party again.

Netanyahu’s lawyer said that the Prime Minister will appeal the decision and that party comptroller Shai Galili, does not have the authority to bar Netanyahu from running for re-election as party leader.

Galili claimed that Netanyahu used Likud party headquarters and employees for his own campaign to be re-elected December 31.

His decision, if it is upheld, means that Knesset Member Danny Danon, the only other candidate in the race to lead the Likud, will take over the party. Danon is one of the most nationalist Likud Knesset Members, and Netanyahu has tried to weaken his influence in the government.

Galili ruled, “Due to the current facts, I have not reasonable choice other than employ my authority, according to Likud law Number 28, to order the cancellation of the candidacy of [Netanyahu] in the [leadership] elections December 31.

He quoted a verse from the Torah – “You shall not place a stumbling block before a blind person…[Leviticus, 19:14" – to state that “my decision is given by the authority invested in me according to the Likud law cited above. I ask {Netanyahu] to note that ignoring the decision is liable to be construed as breaking a law that provides for punishment of two years in jail.”

 

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