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Israel TV: Obama Won’t Visit Israel without New Coalition Gov’t

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

President Barack Obama will cancel his scheduled March 20 visit to Israel if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not from a coalition government before then, Israel’s Channel 10 television reported Thursday night.

It based its report on unnamed sources, but it makes sense because President Obama would have little to do in Israel except to bask in the sun at the Dead Sea if there is no government.

If Netanyahu fails to complete his coalition puzzle, Obama privately might gloat, considering the Prime Minister’s blatant grandstanding for Republican president candidate Mitt Romney in the recent US election campaign.

Netanyahu’s first deadline for forming a coalition is this Saturday night. If he still is empty handed, President Shimon Peres can grant him a final one-time only 14-day extension. That brings him up to March 16, four days before President Obama is scheduled to arrive.

If there is no government by then, Peres can throw the ball in the court of Yair Lapid, whose Future (Yesh Atid) party won the second largest number of Knesset seats, or simply call new elections.

Either prospect is unlikely, but anything is possible in Israeli politics.

The Obama administration figured a March 20 arrival date would give  the Prime Minister more than enough time to get his political act together. So far, it has been dead wrong.

Netanyahu tried throwing a curve ball at all of the parties dickering for Cabinet positions or acceptance of their principles. Instead of closing a deal with one of the largest parties first, he took in the hapless Tzipi Livni and her party of a total of six Knesset Members. Livni vowed in the election campaign she would not sit in a government with Netanyahu, but she caved into the offer of  being Justice Minister and de facto “Minister of the Peace Process.”

The curve ball turned into a boomerang.

If he thought his ploy would scare the other parties to fall into line, he was wrong. He had not yet understood that Lapid and Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Jewish Home party, really meant what they said and will not sacrifice their platforms and promises for a fancy Cabinet portfolio.

Netanyahu messed himself up by putting Livni in charge of the peace process, because Bennett told him “no way.” Without Bennett and Lapid, Netanyahu is up the creek, because he cannot form a majority only with Livni, the Haredi parties and the two-seat Kadima party. Labor party’s chair Shelly Yechimovich also has principles, the main one being not to join a Netanyahu-led government

Netanyahu has squeezed himself into a tight corner. Lapid’s chief negotiator David Shimron made it clear Thursday night that there is  no room in a coalition government for the Future party with Haredim.

If the Prime Minister wants to show Obama who’s in charge in Israel, he has no choice but to admit that Bennett and Lapid are in charge.

‘Protest Tent’ Leader Snorts at All Politicians – Except Bennett

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett won praise from a most unexpected corner Monday, with social protest leader Daphni Leff dumping on Yair Lapid, among others, but praising Bennett’s party as the only one with any real heritage.

In an interview with the European Jewish Press, Leff not surprisingly dismissed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for having called the recent election “for a budget that he couldn’t pass and that nobody saw.”

Leef, who lives in a wealthy suburb in metropolitan Tel Aviv, led the tent protest movement two summers ago in an attempt to bring down food prices and make housing affordable in the Tel Aviv area.

She cast Tzipi Livni as “right-wing,” although she is viewed by Bennett and other nationalists as left of center, and criticized Lapid, head of the Future (Yes Atid party), for not “talking about breaking the monopoly.”

She added, “I don’t hear people talking about regulation of rents; there are a lot of issues that are not heard….

“It’s as if the entire political system is being treated like a game, of monopoly and in the same time, people feel under attack for just living their lives, even in the international arena. But there’s a detachment between a lot of the people in the country and the political arena.”

New Poll Sees Huge Win for Incumbent Netanyahu, Likud

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Following Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s announcement that he is prepared to go to an early election in October, “Israel Today” published a poll Sunday morning, conducted by the Gal Hadash service, on the prospects of the different potential factions.

On the question of who is best fitting to be the next Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu scored 29%, by far ahead of the two leaders in second place, Avigdor Lieberman (Israel Our Home) and Shelly Yachimovich (Labor), each with 9.2%, followed by Yair Lapid (Future) with 7% and Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) with 4.2%.

If the electionsto the Knesset were held today (Israel’s prime minister is usually the leader of the largest Knesset faction), the results would be:

Likud – 31 seats
Labor – 17
Israel Our Home (Lieberman) – 14
Kadima – 13
Yair Lapid – 12
Shas (Religious Sefardi) – 9
Torah Judaism (Haredi) – 5
Meretz (Left) – 4
Hadash (Arab) – 4
The Jewish Home (Religious Zionist) – 3
Ra’am-Ta’al (Arab) – 3
Balad (Arab) – 3
National Union (Religious Zionist) – 2

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/new-poll-sees-huge-win-for-incumbent-netanyahu-likud/2012/04/29/

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