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April 1, 2015 / 12 Nisan, 5775
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GLZ Poll Puts Labor On Top – With a Coalition

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Completely opposite of the i24 News poll last week, a new poll by Galei Tzahal puts the Zionist Union (Labor) in a strong lead… and for the first time, Labor can actually form a coalition.

A Leftwingg coalition would necessitate the Arab party joining the coalition, which would be a stretch for them, as well as Kulanu joining the coalition, which on the other hand, would be an easy move.

Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 24

Likud (Netanyahu): 21

Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 13

The Joint (Arab) List: 12

Yesh Atid (Lapid): 12

Kulanu (Kachlon): 8

UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 7

Shas (Deri): 7

Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 6

Meretz (Gal-On): 6

Yachad (Eli Yishai): 4
LEFT: Labor (24) + Arab List (12) + Yesh Atid (12) + Kulanu (8) + Meretz (6) = 62

RIGHT: Likud (21) + Bayit Yehudi (13) + UTJ (7) + Shas (7) + Yisrael Beytenu (6) + Yachad (4)= 58

The question remains, will UTJ (and perhaps Shas) be willing to sit with Yesh Atid (or Meretz) if it means getting their fingers back in the pie?

Hanin Zoabi May Back Bujie and Her Cousin Mohammed Backs Bibi [video]

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Firebrand Arab Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi has surprised analysts once again and has said she might recommend to President Reuven Rivlin that the Herzog-Livni-led “Zionist Union” lead the next government.

Another Zoabi, her teenaged cousin Mohammed, attended a Likud meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to vent his enthusiastic love and support for him. Mohammed became both he most popular and hated Arab in the country last year when he appeared on a YouTube video sounding like a protégé of Theodore Herzl.

Anti-Zionist Arabs responded with threats on his life, and he took refuge in the United States before returning to Israel.

In the video below, Mohammed says in Hebrew:

I support Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his party… he defends every citizen in Israel. The People of Israel have suffered enough and deserve to live in peace and quiet. He will be the next Prime Minister of Israel, God willing. I love you.

Netanyahu gave Zoabi a big hug and invited him to represent the Likud in the Knesset. His older cousin’s love for Netanyahu rates even less than President Barack Obama’s, if that is possible.

She hates anything that reeks of Zionism, which would lead to the logical conclusion that the “Zionist Union” is the last party she would want to head the government.

Yitzchak Herzog and Tzipi Livni changed the definition of Zionism and called their merged parties the Zionist Union, a clever slogan to try to win over voters who don’t realize that a couple of their candidates, just like Zoabi, are against the national anthem HaTikvah and oppose serving in the “occupation” army known as the IDF.

But it was none other than Haneen Zoabi who helped block a surplus vote-sharing agreement with Meretz that would have helped the left reach the magic number for a majority coalition after the elections.

Herzog and Livni have no chance of leading the next government unless the United Arab List backs them. The Arabs already have said they won’t join a Jewish coalition, but if the Herzog-Livni duo wins more seats than the Likud, President Rivlin will give it the first crack at putting together a coalition.

The Jerusalem Post’s Gil Hoffman reported, “But Joint List sources who spoke to Zoabi at length on Sunday and Monday revealed that she had been persuaded to back Herzog to Rivlin and would recommend doing so when their party meets with the president after the March 17 election.”

That could raise their chances of forming a government with anti-Zionist Arab MKs supporting a “Zionist Union” coalition on key votes, but with friends like Haneen Zoabi, who needs enemies?

How many undecided voters will turn away from Herzog-Livni now that is known that people like Haneen Zoabi might stand by the side of the “Zionist Union?”

i24 Poll Gives Likud 5 Seat Lead

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

I24 News published the most radical poll results to date. They give Likud a 5 seat lead over Labor, with Shas starting to rebound.

Without a significant increase in seats for Bayit Yehudi, these numbers would make a National Unity government even more likely, where no one party, besides Labor, could break up Netanyahu’s coalition.

In the I24 poll, Yachad doesn’t make the cut.

Likud (Netanyahu): 26

Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 21

Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 13

The Joint (Arab) List: 12

Yesh Atid (Lapid): 12

Kulanu (Kachlon): 8

UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 8

Shas (Deri): 8

Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 7

Meretz (Gal-On): 5

Yachad (Eli Yishai): 0

LEFT: Labor (21) + Arab List (12) + Yesh Atid (12) + Kulanu (8) + Meretz (5) = 58

RIGHT: Likud (26) + Bayit Yehudi (13) + UTJ (8) + Shas (8) + Yisrael Beytenu (7) = 62

National Unity: Likud (26) + Labor (21) + Kulanu (8) + Shas (8) + Yisrael Beytenu (7) = 69

Why I am Voting for Bayit Yehudi

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Naftali Bennett should not take my vote for granted. Until this week I’ve been wavering between voting Likud, Bayit Yehudi or Yachad (Otzma Yehudit).

I’m not happy with any of them, though some would say the definition of elections is voting for the candidate you least dislike.

Obviously, I wouldn’t vote Kulanu, whose members go from Left to very Left. Or Yisrael Beytenu, when Liberman can’t construct a simple statement of intent that doesn’t leave himself open to maneuvering and interpretation – that really turns me off.

There’s a certain logic to voting for the Likud. They’re the biggest party, they hold the reins, and they control the checkbook. Netanyahu is an amazing orator. And better a strong Likud in power than Labor.

There’s a lot of good people in the Likud. There’s Hotovely, Danon, Edelstein, Elkin, Kara… But there are some bad apples on that list too who I don’t want to see in the Knesset.

But as a party they lack a unified ideology other than security and pragmatism. They could easily swing left if they felt their security concerns were properly addressed, or had to be sacrificed for something they felt was equally important.

I also dislike what they did to Feiglin.

But most importantly, I’m concerned Netanyahu will try to form a unity government with the Left if he feels it’s in his best interest to do so.

I entertained the idea of voting for Yachad.

I like Eli Yishai. I think he has always been an excellent minister, and it will be good if he were a minister in the next government.

I’m not exactly blown away by anyone else on his list, though having Baruch Marzel there does at least give him strong right wing credentials. But I don’t actually know enough about Marzel’s positions on anything other than Hebron and the Settlements for me to be willing to give him my vote.

But Yachad has some serious downsides.

They may not pass the electoral threshold, and that’s not a risk I want to take with my vote.

And even if they do pass, there is a good chance that Netanyahu will simply leave them out of the coalition (or at least Marzel). In which case, we’ve already seen how powerless a rightwing party is when excluded from a supposedly rightwing coalition.

This leads me back to Naftali Bennett and Bayit Yehudi.

Bennett was great on security issues. Of that there’s no doubt. He was great representing us in the international media during the Gaza war. I believe he may one day be our Prime Minister, and he’ll probably be a good one.

He was also amazing on economic issues.

And while other parties were proposing solutions to the housing problem, Bayit Yehudi actually implemented solutions that worked.

But I’m was disappointed in his party’s performance last time around in another important area.

In the religious sphere, one of the most important things he could have done was get us a Religious-Zionist Chief Rabbi – and his party failed at that – spectacularly.

While they did manage to block Elazar Stern’s bad ideas on religion and state, Bayit Yehudi failed to implement some of the good ones too.

In fact, for a Religious-Zionist party, I feel they haven’t emphasized their religious side enough – and I believe that problem comes from the top.

Too many of the Bennett commercials are about attracting secular Jews – and I understand he wants to widen his voter base, but as a result, he’s ignoring his religious base, or taking it for granted. Choosing soccer player Eli Ohana was a symptom of that thinking.

I’m certainly not interested in Rabbis running the party (they should run for office if they want to be in politics), but I do want to know how Bayit Yehudi envisions the future of religion and state, and what their practical solutions are for dealing with the tough problems we face in those areas (agunot, the Chareidi monopolies, conversion, Kashrut, Shabbat, etc.) – and not just what solutions they plan to block.

I would have liked to have seen Eli Yishai as a member of Bayit Yehudi. True, he is Chareidi (or Sephardi Chareidi which is different), but I think he would have brought some much needed religious character back to the party.

But it comes down to this…

I don’t trust Likud to not freeze settlements or do something else leftwing. I don’t think Yachad will be influential enough to change anything if they do manage to get in, and that leaves Bayit Yehudi.

When Bayit Yehudi party members say that a large Bayit Yehudi party will have their hands on the steering wheel alongside Bibi making sure he doesn’t turn left, there is a straightforward undeniable logic to that.

So given the options at the voting booth, it seems the only option is Bayit Yehudi.

Naftali, please don’t make me regret my choice.

‘Zionist Camp’ Invited High Schoolers to Pub

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

The ‘Zionist Camp” party, headed by Yitzchak Herzog and Tzipi Livni, invited high school students to a pub to discuss politics.

That sounds a like great way to win over the younger generation. Buy them some booze, let them get a bit giddy and serve them a dish of anti-Netanyahu poison.

Wait. Isn’t there a law against serving alcohol to anyone under the age of 18?

Whoops.

The Zionist Camp issued a statement that the event was an initiative by a local party representative and has been “dealt with.”

Fair enough. It can happen. Some local cheerleader comes up with a brilliantly stupid idea. You can’t blame the whole party for that.

But what would have been the reaction if it had been a Likud local loony who dreamed up the idea of inviting high school students to a pub to hear political propaganda?

It would have been all over the media, not only in Israel but also in the United States.

The whisper in local media on the Zionist Camp goof says everything that has to be said about the media campaign against Netanyahu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Election Poll

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

A new poll by Teleseker has the Likud back in the lead.

ELi Yishai is surging upward, and Meretz is dropping.

Likud (Netanyahu): 24

Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 22

The Joint (Arab) List: 12

Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 12

Yesh Atid (Lapid): 12

Kulanu (Kachlon): 8

UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 8

Yachad (Eli Yishai): 6

Shas (Deri): 6

Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 6

Meretz (Gal-On): 4

LEFT: Labor (22) + Arab List (12) + Yesh Atid (12) + Meretz (4) = 50

RIGHT: Likud (24) + Bayit Yehudi (12) + Kulanu (8) + UTJ (8) + Shas (6) + Yisrael Beytenu (6) + Yachad (6) = 70

Latest Election Poll

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Reshet Bet released the following poll results over the weekend:

Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 23

Likud (Netanyahu): 22

The Joint (Arab) List: 13

Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 12

Yesh Atid (Lapid): 12

Kulanu (Kachlon): 9

Shas (Deri): 8

UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 6

Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 6

Meretz (Gal-On): 5

Yachad (Eli Yishai): 4

LEFT: Labor (23) + Arab List (13) + Yesh Atid (12) + Meretz (5) = 53

RIGHT: Likud (22) + Bayit Yehudi (12) + Kulanu (9) + UTJ (6) + Shas (8) + Yisrael Beytenu (6) + Yachad (4) = 67

National Unity: Likud (22) + Labor (23) + Yesh Atid (12) + Kulanu (9) + Yisrael Beytenu (6) = 72

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