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Netanyahu Not Discounting New Elections, Likud Says

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not discounted the possibility of holding new elections, senior sources in the Likud-Beitenu faction say, according to the Israeli publication, Ma’ariv.

Netanyahu has had a hard time forming a government because of the feud between the Yesh Atid and Jewish Home parties on the one hand, who desire a universal draft policy, and Haredi parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, who want to maintain the status quo in which the vast majority of Haredim do not serve, pursuant to an exemption for yeshiva students.

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid and Jewish Home chairman Naftalli Bennett have reportedly agreed to enter or stay out of the government as a bloc. The two parties comprise 31 Knesset Members between them, and Netanyahu will not practically be able to form a coalition with out them.

Forming a coalition with them will not be easy either, as Shas and UTJ would not join due Yesh Atid and Jewish Home’s insistence on a universal draft plan. In that case, Netanyahu would likely have to include Tzipi Livni, and possibly also Kadima to form a stable coalition of seventy seats.

The possibility of new elections is only the latest in public posturing by the various parties engaged in coalition negotiations.

By law Netanyahu has 28 days to form a government which has the backing of the Knesset and can ask for an extension of 14 days. If Netanyahu cannot form a coalition by then, the President would then ask another Member of Knesset to form a government, who would then have fourteen days to form a government. If a government could not still not be formed, new elections would have to be held.

Rav Ovadia Yosef: Lapid a Scoundrel who Hates the Yeshivas

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

After his attack on the Jewish Home, which he dubbed “Goyish Home,” Shas’s spiritual leader is going after Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid. In his Saturday night’s weekly sermon, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef lashed at the evil man Lapid.

In his weekly sermon, Rav Ovadia told the story of “a king who had one beloved minister he loved very much. He was a regular visitor at the king’s chamber, they conversed about security and the coalition and the opposition, the spoke about everything, and the minister would give him advice: ‘Don’t go with Lapid, he’s a scoundrel, he is, hates the yeshivas.’ He would advise him, give him advice.”

Rav Ovadia’s Sermon is part of Shas’s continued attempts to separate the Jewish Home party from Yair Lapid’s party. As you may recall, last Thursday Shas representatives apologized for their attack against Naftali Bennett and his “Goyish Home.” Shas is looking for ways to separate Bennett from Lapid.

The natural path to a Likud-led coalition that would deal effectively with many painful and pressing issues: severe budget cuts, equal burden legislation, and some deal with the Palestinians, goes through a pact with Yesh Atid and Jewish Home. The two blocks comprise 62 seats, and both Lapid and Bennett appear amenable to Netanyahu’s positions on all three topics.

In fact, if Shas is invited to join the coalition, it is sure to torpedo at least two out of three initiatives: budget cuts and equal burden, which would involve sending their own constituency to military service.

Except Netanyahu is not excited about achieving great success in partnership with Lapid or Bennett, either one of whom can overshadow him come next elections. He much prefers a do nothing government, with his two true rivals withering either in minor government posts or outside the coalition altogether.

In that sense, Rav Ovadia is not altogether wrong in his Saturday night tale about the loyal Shas adviser and King Bibi.

The only course open at the moment for Bennett and Lapid is to stick together and stick to their guns in talks with Netanyahu (Jewish Home is scheduled to meet with the Likud-Beitenu team this week).

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rav-ovadia-yosef-lapid-a-scoundrel-who-hates-the-yeshivas/2013/02/10/

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