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Labor Party’s ‘Fuad’ Ben-Eliezer Quits Politics

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Labor Knesset Member and former Defense minister Binyamin “Fuad” Ben-Eliezer announced on Thursday he is quitting 30 years of being in politics.

He was one of the more colorful and popular leaders in the eternally fractured Labor party. He also was the darling of the Israel Radio, known by the misnomer of the Voice of Israel, which sometimes interviewed him at least once a week when there was no one else around to promote as a political leader who might be able to lead a campaign against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Ben-Eliezer wrote Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein that he had been contemplating his resignation for a long time and that health problems led him to quit now, before the March elections.

He was a former IDF commander and was Defense Minister in the Sharon administration unity government.

Lapid and Labor Party’s Herzog to Discuss Anti-Bibi Merger

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party, is scheduled to talk with his Labor party counterpart with Yitzchak “Boujie” Herzog about the idea of merging their two parties to give a united ticket the chance of winning the most seats in the Knesset elections in March.

Herzog talked with Tzipi Livni, head of the HaTnua party, on Sunday with the same objective.

A Globes poll last week showed that Livni, whose party has only six Knesset Members and would probably win only half that much in the elections, would draw more voters if she were to run with Labor.

The Labor party has 15 seats in the current Knesset, and Herzog’s dull personality and the party’s lame platform do not appear to bode well for his attracting more voters.

Yesh Atid won 19 seats in the last election but even Lapid admits that the party is not likely to win much more than 15 next March, while polls so far show it will receive less than 10 seats.

Herzog probably could get along a lot easier with Livni, who should be happy to remain politically alive, rather than with Lapid, who still thinks he is the best thing that has happened to Israel since Theodore Herzl.

Herzog’s meeting with Lapid could make Livni a bit more nervous about making too many demands. She was thrilled to be de facto Minister of the Peace Process Follies in the Netanyahu government, but that portfolio now is worth as much as a letter of support from Mahmoud Abbas.

A three-way merger of Yesh Atid and Livni’s party with Labor would probably give them a commanding plurality after the votes are counted in March.

That would leave Herzog in exactly the same place as two years ago, when the Kadima party won one more seat than the Likud but could not form a coalition.

There is no way that the merged party could form a majority in the next government without inviting the Haredi parties, which Is about as likely as Avigdor Lieberman merging with the Arab parties.

Lapid Says Netanyahu ‘Lives in an Aquarium’

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Yair Lapid responded in kind on Wednesday to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s verbal attack on him the day before and said the Prime Minister is “disconnected” and “lives in an aquarium.”

Both Netanyahu and Lapid set have set the tone for the election campaign, which should be a delight for those looking for an alternative to Roman gladiators who thrilled their audiences by dueling with wild animals, criminals and other gladiators.

If one were to believe the politicians, Israel will have three Prime Ministers on March 18, the day after the elections.

Yitzchak Herzog, the boring chairman of the Labor party, said on Wednesday he will be Prime Minister.

Yair Lapid. Head of the Yesh Atid party and arguably the Knesset Member with the most inflated ego, said he will be Prime Minister.

Netanyahu, of course, said he will be back at the same place and same station, but next time with a bigger and more solid majority.

He accused Lapid on Tuesday of trying to carry out a “putsch” by planning to create an alternative coalition with the Haredim, which Lapid denied and followed up with his “aquarium” gem.

If nothing else, Lapid will make the rhetoric and name-calling a bit more interesting than usual.

If Netanyahu lives in an aquarium, Lapid lives live in a glass house, which is going to be shattered by the verbal rock-throwing, and he will be spending months if not years trying to gull the shards out of his thin skin.

He also forgets that if he breaks Netanyahu’s aquarium, he is going to let out not only the water but also the sharks swimming around and just waiting for fresh meat.

If we are lucky, Netanyahu and Lapid will exhaust their vocabularies by next week, and everyone can start talking about less important issues, such as security and the economy.

Livni Party Minister Amir Peretz Quits the Government

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Environment Minister Amir Peretz, one of six legislators in Tzipi Livni’s hapless HaTnua party, announced Sunday he is quitting the government, taking away from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu the privilege of firing him for saying he would vote against the 2015 budget.

A champion of the lower-income sector, Sderot’s vocal politician said on Israeli television Saturday that even though his party is in the coalition, he could not support the budget when he hears the “cries of the poorest people.”

He charged that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is “is not the solution, but the problem.”

Peretz’s unpredicted personal attack on the prime minister in whose government he serves as Cabinet minister automatically put him on the chopping block.

Netanyahu was expected to fire him, but Peretz beat him to the punch.

Peretz’s political history has been full of ups and downs, mostly downs, since he delighted businessman by quitting as head of the Histadrut national labor union.

He joined the Labor party, won the leadership but led the party into defeat in the 2006 elections to Kadima party leader Ehud Olmert and then joined the coalition as Defense Minister, leaving him with the reputation as being the worst person ever to serve in that positon.

He subsequently lost the leadership of the Labor party to Ehud Barak, and he emerged by riding the very short coattails of Livni.

Her party won only six seats in the current Knesset, and all polls show her winning no more than three seats in the next elections.

With Peretz out of the picture, maybe she will get four.

 

Opposition MK Slams Zoabi, Condemns Terror Support

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Opposition leader and Labor party chairman Isaac Herzog expressed strong support for unity in the nation against terrorists Wednesday and condemned public support by Israeli Arab MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) for those who last week kidnapped three Israeli teens.

Zoabi said in an interview Tuesday morning on Radio Tel Aviv the kidnappers “don’t see any way to change their reality and are forced to use these means until Israel will wake up a little, until Israeli citizens and society will wake up and feel the suffering of the other.”

Herzog sent a letter to Zoabi, writing, “As the search for the boys reached a climax you chose to make obscene statements which showed support for the act of kidnapping. As leader of the opposition and chairman of the Labor party I regard your comments as gravely unacceptable – and wholly condemn them.”

Labor MK Accused of Leaking Classified Info

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

A Labor party lawmaker has been suspended from membership in subcommittees of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee for leaking classified information.

MK Omer Bar-Lev, who at one time commanded the IDF’s elite Sayeret Matkal unit, was accused of handing a copy of a letter he sent to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to one of the media outlets.

In his letter Bar-Lev allegedly claimed to have found a discrepancy between an IDF training budget report filed by a senior IDF officer last February and figures presented recently by Ya’alon describing the army’s fiscal needs.

In a statement to journalists Monday evening, Bar-Lev denied the suspension due to his leaking classified information and instead focused on the discrepancy he said he found among the defense establishment’s budget figures.

“As far as we are concerned, the main issue is that the conflicting reports of senior IDF officers to the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee must be looked into and not a minor offense over some procedure that does breach security,” the statement said.

Committee chairman Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) told Bar-Lev the budget reports would be examined closely, according to the statement. It was Elkin who had informed Bar-Lev of the suspension, which extends throughout the summer session.

Haredi Politicians Now Angry at Labor

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Last week, the Haredi politicians and Aryeh Deri in particular couldn’t get enough of Labor (Avoda) leader Yitchak Herzog, even suggesting he could replace Netanyahu as Prime Minister, all in anger over the Haredi draft law that passed.

This week the Labor party indicated support for the upcoming Conversion bill, a bill the Haredim don’t support. Haredi politicians expressed their anger and disappointment at Labor’s support.

It appears that the Haredi honeymoon with the Labor party is over.

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