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Labor (or Whatever They Call Themselves) Forms Their Knesset List [election]

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

The results from the Labor party (or whatever they are calling themselves today, depending on their audience) primary results are in, and the following is their initial list.

Three of the top 4 spots are filled by women.

Tzipi Livni gets to select of few candidates from her former Hatnua party for reserved positions on the Labor list, though since almost all of her fellow Hatnua party members have quit she may have to look a little further afield. Presumably one of her spots will go to Amir Peretz, who used to be in the Labor party.

As Herzog and Livni were not actually running, Shelly Yechimovich was voted the most popular person in the party.

1) Yitzchak Herzog
2) Tzipi Livni
3) Shelly Yechimovich
4) Stav Shapir
5) Itzik Shmuli
6) Amar Bar-Lev
7) Hilik Bar
8) Reverved for Hatnua (Amir Peretz)
9) Merav Michaeli
10) Eitan Cabel
11) Reserved
12) Arel Margalit
13) Miki Rozenthal
14) Revital Swed
15) Dani Atar
16) Reserved for Hatnua (Manuel Trajtenberb)
17) Zohir Bahalul
18) Eitan Broshi
19) Michal Biran
20) Nachman Shai
21) Reserved for Hatnua
22) Ayelet Nachmias Varbin
23) Yossi Yona
24) Reserved for Hatnua
25) Reserved for Hatnua

Latest Poll: Likud Back on Top, Arabs Take 4th Place

Friday, January 9th, 2015

In the latest poll, taken by Maariv-Walla, we have the following results:

Likud (Netanyahu): 25

Labor (Herzog-Livni): 24

Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 15

Arab List: 11

Kulanu (Kachlon): 10

Yesh Atid (Lapid): 9

UTJ (Litzman-Gafni): 8

Shas (Deri): 6

Meretz (Gal-on): 6

Yisrael Beiteinu (Liberman): 6 In the latest poll the Likud is now back on top. Due to their unification, in response to the raised electoral threshold, the united Arab list is likely to become the 4th largest party in the Knesset, though it still remains one of the smaller parties.

Eli Yishai just barely keeps on missing the electoral threshold.

Deri is expected to announce next week that his permanent exit from politics or as head of the Shas party is over, and he’s retaking the reins of the Shas party.

Unless one of the two larger parties can break away and get higher numbers, we still see this ongoing deadlock situation, where everyone is reliant on the smaller parties to form a coalition, is its possible to form a coalition at all.

If Labor and Likud form a national unity government, that will actually provide them a wide range of partners, of course, the government will be even worse than the last one.

With neither Kachlon, Shas, UTJ or Yisrael Beiteinu swearing allegiance to a right-wing coalition, everything is up for grabs.

It appears, in fact, that Labor would have an easier time to form a coalition than Likud with these numbers.

In a second question asked:  between Benjamin Netanyahu and Yitzchak Herzog, 50% believe that Netanyahu is better suited to be Prime Minister, while 25% believe Herzog is better suited for the task.

The Zionist Camp Erases Zionism

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Yitzchak Herzog and Tzipi Livni are beginning to realize that changing the name of their merged party into “The Zionist Camp” from “Labor” is going to cause them problems with their voters.

In their new advertising campaigns to the Arab sector they’ve removed all reference to The Zionist Camp name and are instead using “Labor – for Peace and Equality”.

It’s not yet known what name they will use for their campaign in northern Tel Aviv.

Source: @NadavPerry

Labor Campaign in Arabic

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.

New Poll: Shows Netanyahu Will Lead Next Gov’t with Haredim

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

A new pre-election poll issued on Monday leaves no option for the next government other than one headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with the help of Haredi parties.

Here is the lineup according to the “Panels” poll conducted the Knesset Channel :

Labor-Livni – 23

Likud – 21

Jewish Home – 16

Yesh Atid (Yair Lapid) – 11

Kulanu (Moshe Kahlon) – 9

Yisrael Beitenu – 7

Meretz – 7

Arab parties – 10

Yehadut HaTorah (Haredi) 7

Shas – 5

Eli Yishai – 4

The Labor party, headed by Yitzchak Herzog with his new sidekick Tzipi Livni, cannot form a majority the Haredi parties, which won’t happen unless it can convince two of four parties – Yair Lapid ,Yisrael Beiteinu’s Avigdor Lieberman and Meretz – to agree, which as likely as snow in July.

The center-right ring camp has less of a problem with the Haredi parties.

Adding up Likud, Jewish Home, Yisrael Beiteinu and Kahlon comes up with the non-magical number of 55, six less than the majority that is needed to form the government.

The three Haredi parties are in the driver’s seat for the time being, and if the results in March will be similar to those of today, they will dictate the terms of the next coalition.

If that happens, Lapid and Livni will rue the day they worked against the coalition of which they were a part.

The polls are not meaningless and actually are a factor in how people will vote. If voters see that the next government will be under the thumb of Haredi partiers, they might start shifting their votes.

Supporters of Yesh Atid and Labor-Livni might shift a bit to Kahlon, possibly enough to give Netanyahu a majority of 61 without the Haredi parties.

Herzog, Livni and Lapid have a problem because there is not much they can take from other parties.

MK Elazar Stern Quits Livni’s HaTnua Party

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

MK Elazar Stern quit Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party on Saturday night.

In his resignation letter (below) Stern writes that he will continue to serve the public, perhaps in the Knesset or in other venues. He expresses dismay at Tzipi Livni for merging the Hatnua party into the Labor party, which he considers a mistake, as well as the way it was done.

Source: Smiley Hafuch / Rotter.net

Elazar Stern Resignation Letter 1
Elazar Stern resignation letter 2

Elections Likely after Purim Parties but MKs Already Take Off Masks

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Barring Divine Intervention, the Knesset will vote to dissolve itself but not forever, and new elections likely will be held in mid-March, perhaps the week after Purim.

Elections are exactly what no one in the country wants, except for a few sadists who pose as politicians.

It will cost the country about $500 million, and it will leave Israel without a budget just when there is little shine left on the image of the once-fabulous Israeli economy that has weakened under the weight of government-sanctioned monopolies that extort the public for obscene profits, and under the burden of eternal security unrest, whether it come from Gaza, Syria, Ramallah or Washington.

As The Jewish Press reported here earlier today, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Yair Lapid, one of his alleged partners, to stop rocking the boat or get off.

Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party and who was Israel’s glamour boy two years ago when his new party grabbed 19 seats in the Knesset, took the first raft he could find and jumped ship.

With an ego bigger than the size of the fat lady in the circus, Lapid could not possibly accept Netanyahu’s terms to stay in the government.

For his part, the Prime Minister’s ultimatums were a public political flogging of Lapid.

Elections cannot be held until90 days after the end of a government, according to the law that ensures that every Israeli citizen suffer the maximum punishment and still survive.

The projected timeline for new elections is a vote on Wednesday to dissolve the Knesset, with the final decision and date being set next week, revolving around the Jewish holidays. Before then, President Reuven Rivlin will go through the motions to offer someone else a chance to form a make-believe government.

The most likely date for elections is the week after Purim. The second possibility and a lot less likely one is mid-April, when Israel returns to normal after Passover and is involved with Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

Lapid and Netanyahu’s lieutenants in the Likud party already are throwing around enough dirt to cover the entire Knesset, which sometimes sounds like a good idea.

Lapid accused Netanyahu of making deals with the Haredi parties to enlist their support by bribing them with money for yeshivas and easing conditions of the universal draft, as demanded by Aryeh Deri, chairman of the Shas Sephardi Haredi party.

Likud ministers responded by throwing poison darts at Lapid’s performance as Finance Minister.

Lapid’s big-ticket populist banner has been the “Zero VAT” panacea that is supposed to make housing affordable for the middle class by eliminating the 18 percent Value Added Tax on the purchase of new homes.

Netanyahu obviously took this into account and figures that Lapid is going to use Zero VAT to try to con the voters into backing him.

If Lapid thinks he can fool all of the people all of the time, the con game would work, but Israeli voters are not as stupid as their leaders. The whole Zero VAT scheme is has so many conditions and so many limitations that it would help no more than a few thousand families.

Lapid knows his popularity in the polls is almost as low as the ethics of certain Knesset Members, as far-fetched as that seems. He is counting on the Israel’s anti-Netanyahu media, with the exception of Sheldon Adelson’s Israel HaYom, to lead his campaign.

Ditto for the pathetic and hapless Tzipi Livni, an intelligent woman who took the wrong turn when she entered politics. Her party of six MKs is another alleged partner in the coalition, in which she has spent most of her time kissing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s pinky for the Peace Process.

She spent Tuesday by calling the Netanyahu government, of which she has been a partner, “paranoid and extremist,” and she said she is different from the government because she is a “Zionist,” about as nasty remark as possible, even for an Israeli politician.

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