MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beitienu) announced today that he is retiring from politics.
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Mohammed Dahlan, one of the PLO’s former strong men, reportedly met with a senior Israeli government official in Europe — twice. The rumor is that he met with FM Avigdor Liberman. (Update: New rumors are saying it was a different senior Arab figure and not Dahlan, and Mossad officials were in attendance).
PM Netanyahu has said that the meeting was not authorized by him.
But maybe it was, and maybe this is Bibi’s shot across the Palestinian Authority’s bow.
Mahmoud Abbas is terrified that Dahlan will make a comeback and kick him out. But one of the only realistic ways that could actually happen is with Israeli support.
As Abbas threatens to go to the ICC (and opening himself up to counter-suits, be damned), Bibi may be making it clear to him that Abbas’s job and life depends on Israel’s good graces.
Withholding tax money is a temporary measure — getting replaced with Dahlan — that’s forever.
There’s something appropriate that the upcoming Israeli elections are being held so soon after the Purim holiday.
I would venture to say it’s the only explanation for the mishaps, mistakes, and clown-like behavior.
Let’s start with Tzipi Livni (Hatnua).
The polls showed that Livni was unlikely to pass the electoral threshold, yet both Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and Yitzchak Herzog (Labor) courted and chased after Livni as if she was the last girl on Earth.
Like King Achashverosh of Shushan, Herzog offered Livni half his kingdom, though unlike Achahverosh, Herzog doesn’t actually have a kingdom to offer, but then again, Livni doesn’t have anything to offer in return either.
And when these two sycophants agreed to merge with one another (to the dismay of most of the MKs in the Labor party), Livni and Herzog’s “brilliant” campaign strategy to gain votes was to change the merged party’s name into “The Zionist Camp”, a name selected solely as an attempt to outwit the campaign slogans of their competitors and the Right – and not because it has much connection to reality.
(But that’s typical of the Left, hijacking normal words and phrases, corrupting them so badly they can no longer be used in their proper context – just look how they’ve corrupted the term “Freedom of Speech” — now it means shutting down newspapers.)
The two can only hope they don’t confuse and turn off their Left-wing voters who don’t want to vote for the Zionist camp.
And then we have Aryeh Deri. Like on Purim, Deri is drunk on power.
Deri is so afraid of Eli Yishai, as Yishai is considered the better, more honest, the more popular, and the more capable politician, that Deri did everything to push Yishai down and out – even though polls showed that Shas with Yishai at its head would win 2 seats more than Shas with Deri in charge.
As a result, Shas is likely to crash, and whatever new party Yishai forms will do well – which is good, because we know where Yishai stands and what he’s capable of, and his record doesn’t include jail time.
And then we have our friends in Bayit Yehudi – both sides standing up so hard for their principles that they’re just going to split the party that has the potential to become the second largest in the Knesset.
It’s right out of a Purim Shpiel, or maybe just a Greek tragedy.
And finally, there’s Avigdor Liberman.
Yes, Avigdor. The man who claims he is the most responsible adult in the room.
The man, who after the 2009 election, disappeared overseas for days, right in the middle of the February coalition negotiations, forgetting his cell phone at home, and leaving the country stuck in neutral, as he played power games and kingmaker with Netanyahu and Livni.
And yes, here is Mr. Responsible Adult, once again, playing the same childish games.
Once again Liberman won’t say if he will support the Right or Left. In fact he came out yesterday and explicitly said he might very well support Livni and Herzog for Prime Minister.
It sounded earily similar to what Liberman told Radio Kol Yisrael in 2009 (via A7), before disappearing:
“Our position is already clear and I know exactly what I am going to tell President Shimon Peres. In order to know whom we are going to recommend, we will wait six more days. I think it is too early and there is no point saying whom we support. I have met with both Livni and Netanyahu and with additional people in the political system but my position is already clear and solid. When we go to the President we will say very clear things.”
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Liberman (L) speaks with Israel’s Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel during a cornerstone laying ceremony for a new Synagogue in the community of Nokdim in Eastern Gush Etzion, on October 23, 2014.
Nokdim is Liberman’s home town.
This is what we think they spoke about.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman reportedly vetoed the idea of bringing Haredim into the coalition government, according to senior Likud sources, as reported by Makor Rishon.
Now that the fight over the Haredi draft law is over, advisers to PM Netanyahu believe that it is time to bring the Haredim into the coalition, and if that upsets Yair Lapid to the point where he pulls his Yesh Atid party out – so be it.
But resistance came from an unexpected source.
According to Likud sources, Liberman said, “I won’t remain in the coalition, if that were the case,” referring to Haredim joining the government.
Liberman has been a staunch supporter of drafting Haredim.
In another example of the tensions between Liberman and the Haredi community, Liberman and Aryeh Deri (Shas), who were friends in the past, are apparently not friends anymore.
This past week Aryeh Deri said that he could see Yitzchak Herzog (Labor) replacing Netanyahu as Prime Minister.
Netanyahu’s people have begun an anti-Deri campaign as a result of that remark, reminding Shas supporters how Deri dragged their party to the far Left, a position which doesn’t represent the view of the majorty of Shas voters.
The outspoken Haredi MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ), who has called for the destruction of non-Haredi Hesder yeshivas, had angry words to say about PM Netanyahu, the Knesset, the government, Naftali Bennett, Avigdor Liberman, adding that he will “never forgive” Netanyahu or those that were involved in the Haredi draft bill, not even on Yom Kippur, according to a Makor Rishon report.
The funny thing about politics is that one should never say never.
The Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, has decided not to appeal Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s acquittal.
Liberman was unanimously acquitted on November 6, after being hounded for 17 years on various charges.
Unexpectedly, Weinstein had decided to go after Liberman on a weaker charge of breach of public trust, rather than what seemed to be the more significant criminal charges against him. That plan apparently backfired, now leaving Liberman in the free and clear.
Yes, even here in Israel we must always ask the question: “Will it Be Good for The Jews?”
MK Tzipi Livni, Israel’s newest Justice Minister, stressed on Saturday that she would not support the basic law bill “Israel is the national state of the Jewish people,” whose promotion is part of the new coalition agreements with the Jewish Home party.
Maybe “competing” is too gentle a word.
Netanyahu is hoping to be able to control his warring partners, certainly long enough to see himself soaring in the polls and trying for better election results. Bibi’s Likud and partner Yisrael Beitenu bombed terribly in the recent elections, losing a critical amount of Knesset seats. His formal announcement to President Peres was the easy part. Governing with such partners will no doubt be the greatest challenge to Netanyahu’s political career.
Livni’s chance of being Prime Minister is now nil, but by controlling the Justice Ministry she will have a lot of power. That’s why she demanded it. And unfortunately, Bibi gave in.
Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett have both been promoting themselves as Centrists, just like Bibi had done earlier in his political career, since neither are shy about admitting that they dream of holding the top position, Prime Minister. Right now they are working together against Bibi, but when they weaken him sufficiently, no doubt their alliance will crumble, like very fresh matzah.
Do I feel sorry for Bibi? No!
Benjamin Netanyahu made his bed when he put pragmatic secular politics over Jewish values and Jewish History and Jewish Rights to The Land of Israel. Our greatest leaders, from Biblical time onward were those who could see that God controls the big picture.
That’s why the only two of the “spies” who had been sent to לתור (latur), stakeout the Land (Numbers Chapter 13 בְּמִדְבַּר), who merited to enter it forty years later were the ones who trusted that God would make it possible for the Jewish People to rule it as Jews.
Remember that our first king, the Benjaminite Saul was deposed by God as punishment for not obeying His orders. God replaced Saul with David who understood the power of God could overcome all human power and weapons.
Too bad that Benzion Netanyahu didn’t name his second son David…
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