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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Why, why, why would Bibi overpay?

Likud sources are saying that Prime Minister Netanyahu is willing to 'overpay' to bring Tzipi Livni into the coalition in the event that he cannot reach an agreement with Yair Lapid. Lapid apparently hasn't learned yet that politics is the art of the possible and that once the elections are over, you have to start to compromise. Netanyahu, meanwhile is scared out of his wits of being the most left-leaning person in his own coalition.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is prepared to make a substantial offer to bring the Tzipi Livni Party into his coalition as a senior partner if negotiations with Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid do not bear fruit, senior Likud sources said following talks with Livni's associates on Monday.

The talk of overpaying Livni to enter the coalition despite her faction having only six MKs came after Yesh Atid issued demands that Likud officials called unrealistic. Likud sources said a likely scenario would be a 69-MK coalition with the Tzipi Livni Party, Kadima, Bayit Yehudi, Shas, and United Torah Judaism. A Likud MK suggested that "it might be better to have Livni on her knees than Lapid on a horse." The MK said Lapid might speak more modestly and lower his price after "a year of drought in the desert of the opposition." Channel 2 reported Monday night that Netanyahu and his no. 2 on the joint Likud Yisrael Beytenu list Avigdor Liberman had maintained a direct connection with Livni since the January 22 election. The report said Netanyahu's recent statements on diplomatic issues were aimed at enticing Livni into the coalition.
An official response by Livni's spokeswoman called the report "rumors and political spin" and said there were direct connections since the election with leaders of many parties, not just Netanyahu. Livni's associates expressed concern that Netanyahu might have leaked the report in order to use Livni to lower the price of Lapid.
"For Tzipi, what matters is the essence of whether she will be given true freedom to advance the diplomatic process," a source close to her said.
"She has one issue, unlike Lapid who has many, but she won't join the government unless she deems Netanyahu's intentions on the peace process to be truly genuine. It's too soon to say concretely that Netanyahu is more serious than before. Maytbe it's just camouflage and pyrotechnics."
Wouldn't it be funny if Netanyahu ended up with a coalition consisting of Likud-Beiteinu, Jewish Home, Shas and United Torah Judaism? That would be 61 MK's....


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At 2:42 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Netanyahu never wanted a right-wing coalition.

He wants at least one centrist party in his coalition. If he can't take in Yesh Atid, he'll take in Tzipi Livni and the Kadima rump into the government.

Not to so much for ideological reasons as to keep Obama and the Europeans off his back by projecting a moderate image. Not that any one really expects peace with the Arabs no matter who is in the next Israeli government.


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