According to media reports, one of the prime architects of President Bill Clinton’s political victories, Paul Begala, is arriving in Israel to consult for the campaign of the Zionist Camp party led by Yitzhak Herzog. By all accounts, they can use that help. (Newsweek)
You may remember that the dangerous and embarrassing fleeing that the IDF did from Southern Lebanon was the result of Ehud Barak’s American Democratic Party campaign expert. Barak did manage to become Prime Minister after pledging to flee withdraw from Southern Lebanon, but the actual results and pictures of our soldiers running scared and abandoning valuable equipment as a parting gift to the terrorists there turned the stomachs and opinions of many Israelis against Barak.
There seems to be is a lot of American money and know-how being used in the anti-Netanyahu campaign. The V15 Campaign is American funded and aims to get Herzog-Livni in the Prime Minister’s office anyway they can.
I’m sticking with the simplest and most moralistic take on all this.
AMERICAN INTERFERENCE in ISRAELI ELECTIONS is IMMORAL and 1000% CHUTZPADIK!
That’s my take in the most benign words I can think of.
The election polls on Jeremy’s site show a pretty steady 70 vs 50, Right Center vs Left for coalition possibilities, but that only hold true if Kahlon and the Chareidim stick with “Bibi only” as Prime Minister. Labor-Livni is counting on finding the price to convince them to crown Herzog-Livni. That’s their aim. The only problem there is that there is very bad blood between the chareidim and Lapid. I doubt if Herzog-Livni has the political skills to achieve such a coalition.
We still have over a month until elections. Just like the last five minutes in sports, almost anything can happen!