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Lapid and Labor Party’s Herzog to Discuss Anti-Bibi Merger

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party, is scheduled to talk with his Labor party counterpart with Yitzchak “Boujie” Herzog about the idea of merging their two parties to give a united ticket the chance of winning the most seats in the Knesset elections in March.

Herzog talked with Tzipi Livni, head of the HaTnua party, on Sunday with the same objective.

A Globes poll last week showed that Livni, whose party has only six Knesset Members and would probably win only half that much in the elections, would draw more voters if she were to run with Labor.

The Labor party has 15 seats in the current Knesset, and Herzog’s dull personality and the party’s lame platform do not appear to bode well for his attracting more voters.

Yesh Atid won 19 seats in the last election but even Lapid admits that the party is not likely to win much more than 15 next March, while polls so far show it will receive less than 10 seats.

Herzog probably could get along a lot easier with Livni, who should be happy to remain politically alive, rather than with Lapid, who still thinks he is the best thing that has happened to Israel since Theodore Herzl.

Herzog’s meeting with Lapid could make Livni a bit more nervous about making too many demands. She was thrilled to be de facto Minister of the Peace Process Follies in the Netanyahu government, but that portfolio now is worth as much as a letter of support from Mahmoud Abbas.

A three-way merger of Yesh Atid and Livni’s party with Labor would probably give them a commanding plurality after the votes are counted in March.

That would leave Herzog in exactly the same place as two years ago, when the Kadima party won one more seat than the Likud but could not form a coalition.

There is no way that the merged party could form a majority in the next government without inviting the Haredi parties, which Is about as likely as Avigdor Lieberman merging with the Arab parties.

Livni and Herzog Negotiating Together to Defeat Netanyahu

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) and Yitzchak Herzog (Labor) are reportedly talking about merging and running on a joint list.

The head of the party would be the one that is likely to win them the most votes to unseat Netanyahu.

Both Herzog and Livni repeatedly claim they are qualified to become Israel’s next Prime Minister.

Lapid is also reportedly making overtures with the both of them to form a left-wing bloc to run against Netanyahu.

‘Changing Partners’ Throw Israeli Election into Turmoil

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Israeli politicians are spinning the revolving door off its hinges and turning against friends and joining enemies faster than you can say “Bibi Netanyahu,” who far seems to be the only election issue.

You can’t tell the players without a scorecard.

Livni might join Herzog, or even Lapid. Mofaz might join Herzog

Saar might try to dump Netanyahu

Lieberman might join Lapid.

And we haven’t yet heard from the Green Leaf pro-marijuana party, which at least would give everyone an opportunity to say that the whole government is going to pot.

There are 104 excruciating days left until March 17, when Israelis go the polls to choose their favorite party, another way of saying which party they don’t want to lead the next coalition.

The polls make interesting reading but become quickly out of date due to the maneuvering before the Knesset next week puts an end to the torturous coalition that has plagued the country for 21 months, a coalition that was doomed from the start.

Two years ago, anyone even thinking that Yair Lapid, head of Yesh Atid party, and Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu would sit in the same government with Naftali Bennett and his Jewish Home party would be hauled off to the insane asylum.

The adage of politics making strange bedfellow was true for a few weeks, maybe even a few months. Everyone can spend the next 104 days blaming Lapid or blaming Netanyahu, or more likely both of them, for even trying to get in the same bed.

They couldn’t even co-exist in the same house.

But everyone already is lining up against each other and with each other – maybe.

The “anyone but Bibi” crowd knows that it will have a hard time forming a majority in the next Knesset, unless it can come up with some sleight of hand to show the voters it is worthwhile voting for a center-left party. Every one of them, except for Meretz, is failing miserably in the polls.

Lapid, for hundreds of reasons, knows his party has no chance of returning the Knesset with much more than half its current number of 19 Knesset Members.

Tzipi Livni knows that her party’s measly six mandates in the Knesset will be cut to four, if she is lucky.

Labor, headed by the boring and smug Yitzchak Herozg, is stuck with its current 15 MKs, but a poll published by Globes on Thursday showed that if Livni were to join forces with Labor party, she would win nine seats, giving Labor-Livni 24 MKs.

They are natural political partners who are in desperate need of a gimmick to draw voters away from the other parties, most notably the new party headed by former Likud MK Moshe Kahlon.

Lapid also is courting Livni, but she  would probably prefer to co-exist with Herzog rather than with Lapid, an egomaniac even by politicians’ standards.

The Kadima party, once headed by Ariel Sharon and then Israel’s former Prime Minster and current criminal Ehud Olmert, and then briefly by Livni, has only two seats in the Knesset. It is slated for oblivion, so Mofaz reportedly also has offered to join forces with Herzog.

Another report is that Avigdor Lieberman might take his Yisrael Beitenu party to run with Lapid, which seems as impossible as Netanyahu and Lapid being in the same government.

Even weirder is a report in Arutz Sheva that Uri Ariel, head of the Tekuma faction of the Jewish Home party, has talked with former Shas Sephardi Haredi party chairman Eli Yishai about hooking up. Someone is smoking the wrong stuff. If Shas, which will vote for or against Jews in living anywhere in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria depending on how much money it gets for its schools, teams up with a pure Ashkenazi and native kibbutznik like Ariel, then Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney can run on the same ticket.

The Funniest Video of the Two-Day-old Election Campaign [video]

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

A welcome edit of the nasty speeches by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Yair Lapid, each launching the new election campaign by dumping on each other, focuses on the Yesh Atid leader’s assertion that the Prime Minister is “mi-nu-tak,” the Hebrew word for “disconnected.”

The voters will have determine on March 17 who realty is disconnected, but in the meantime, watch the video and get at least some enjoyment out of what is going to be slugfest.

The video, also shows Netanyahu’s assertion that Lapid was planning a “putsch” to overthrow the government.

The YouTube was produced by Israeli journalist and musician Noy Alooshe, who is better known for his spoof song on Muammar Gaddafi.

After it was released, he quipped, “what if Gaddafi stays in power and comes looking for me?”

He also has spoofed Netanyahu’s speech in front of the United States Congress to the tune of “We No Speak Americano” as “Bi Bi pro Americano.” So what happens if Netanyahu is re-elected and he comes looking for Alloshe?

Netanyahu Accuses Livni and Lapid of Attempting ‘Putsch’

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu bitterly attacked Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni two hours after he fired them Tuesday night and accused them of trying to carry out a “putsch” in the coalition government by secretly trying to create a new coalition with Haredi parties.

At a press conference, he reiterated that he will ask the Knesset to dissolve itself and call for elections as soon as possible.

He appealed to voter to choose a “large” government, admitting that he simply did not have enough Knesset seats in the current session.

Using the term “putsch,” a reminder of Hitler, was a disgusting reminder that Netanyahu is no less and no more bitter than Lapid, who two hours earlier called Netanyahu “irresponsible and afraid.”

Israeli journalists’ questions at the press conference gave a clear sign that they are just as nasty and shallow and will try to attack and trap Netanyahu all the way to election day.

One reporter asked why Netanyahu didn’t also fire Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Jewish Home party, and Yisrael Beitenu chairman Avigdor Lieberman for their harsh statements against him during the war against Hamas last summer.

Prime Minister Netanyahu answered that he spoke with the two ministers, and their attacks ceased. That response was not good enough for another reporter, who asked the same question, as if Netanyahu had not answered it clearly.

Another reporter also accused Netanyahu of calling for elections only because his ego has been deflated and that he feels insulted personally by Lapid and Livni.

Livni, Bennett and Netanyahu clearly demonstrated that we are in for three months of gutter politics, but now it is clear that the establishment anti-Netanyahu media will be no better and will fight tooth and nail for its ultimate dream of “anyone but Bibi.”

The bottom line will come sometime around march or April when the voters decide, but the first pre-election poll, released by Channel 2 Tuesday night, shows what everyone knows but does not want to admit. If elections were held today, Netanyahu will return as Prime Minister with the more or less the same number of seats in the coalition.

The difference will be, according to the polls whose results indeed will change, that Lapid will be in the Opposition as well as Livni, if she makes it back into the Knesset.

The poll results show that if elections were held today, the Likud party, headed by Netanyahu, will have around 22 seats, and Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party will be breathing down his neck with 17 KMs.

If Yisrael Beitenu, headed by Avigdor Lieberman, and Moshe Kahlon’s new party join the next coalition, Netanyahu would have 76 MKs in the coalition.

Lapid’s party received a measly 9 seats in the poll.

Labor would not be able to form a government, even if Kahlon and Lieberman were to join.

There will be one big issue in this campaign: Did Netanyahu refuse to cooperate with Livni and Lapid, or did they refuse to cooperate with him?

The voters chose what they chose 21 months ago, and they got a government that was doomed from the start.

It often is said that voters get what they deserve. If so, time will tell if they have learned their lesson

Lapid Calls Netanyahu a ‘Failure, Irresponsible and Afraid’

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, who until an hour ago was Finance Minister before Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fired him, called said the Prime Minister has failed as a leader.

Shooting the opening gun and setting the tone in what is going to be a nasty, bitter and ugly election campaign, Lapid called Prime Minister Netanyahu “irresponsible and afraid.”

It seems the main issue to be debated in the campaign is which political leader can do the best job at demeaning, disgracing, insulting and libeling the other.

Netanyahu Fires Lapid and Livni

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu brought out the guillotine Tuesday evening and announced he is firing Yair Lapid, the Finance Minister and chairman of Yesh Atid, and Tzipi Livni, the Justice Minster and head of her own party with the banal name of “HaTnuah, which means “movement” in English.

“I will not tolerate this opposition from within,” said the Prime Minister. He added he will call immediately for new elections.

He did not fire Yesh Atid ministers Shai Peron, Yaakov Peri and Yael German, who will do the job for them by resigning.

Will Netanyahu, after all of the cross-the-board denials, bring in the Haredim parties into a new coalition to avoid new elections?

Stay tuned. It’s going to get worse, no matter what.

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