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Last night, the "only democracy in the Middle East" became a lot less democracy and a lot more Middle East.
Bennett lost the battle for Chief Rabbis but he may have won the war. A Knesset Channel poll shows Jewish Home party as the second largest, only three seats behind the Likud and three ahead of Lapid.
“Any plan to resettle members of the Bedouin community must be developed with leaders of that community rather than be forced upon them.”
Lapid’s sounds like Bibi on the “peace process.” He has no trouble raising a regressive tax that hurts the middle class. But give the Haredim a break from the draft? Not in this government. We’ll see.
After a month of poker, chess and blind man’s bluff, a coalition is in place. Netanyahu played miserably, Lapid refused to move, and Bennett was the kingmaker, proving that politics is compromise.
Netanyahu wheels and deals, Livni sacrifices herself on the altar of a Cabinet post, Shas plays cute and the public is fed up. A new poll shows that if elections were held today, Lapid would win.
Talks on a new government coalition have turned into spin after spin and bluff after bluff, with “everyone on first” and no one at...
Expect an interesting conundrum on the opposition side.
Liberman came to his police interrogation directly from the National Hall in Jerusalem, where Likud-Beiteinu launched their the Knesset elections campaign.
Voters on the extreme left and right are empowering the flanks, the former out of despair, the latter to watch over Netanyahu.
The right-wing block would receive 70 seats, vs. 50 to the center-left, including the Arabs.
Polls conducted in the aftermath of the announcement of the joint-list agreement between the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu show the two parties at best keeping their current amount of Knesset seats. The average has them down.