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Monday, August 21, 2006

Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't

Do you want to know why the Likud has become a small opposition party with only 12 MK's? Because most of their MK's are a bunch of blithering idiots!

For the last several days, we've been reading articles about how Bibi Netanyahu has been behaving in a statesmanlike and mature manner and raising the Likud's stock. During the war, Netanyahu was the government's best spokesman, and said that he would not criticize the government so long as it was prosecuting the war. A poll recently showed that the if elections were held today, the Likud would jump from 12 seats to 20.

But that's not enough for the petty Likud MK's: they're angry at Netanyahu because he isn't criticizing Olmert enough....
Likud MKs criticized party chairman Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday for remaining silent on the issue of whether a state commission of inquiry would be formed to investigate the mistakes of the war in Lebanon.

The MKs said that the most obvious candidate to call for a commission to investigate Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz would be the opposition leader, who ran against them for the premiership. They said that Netanyahu had been "strangely silent" on the issue for what they said were personal political reasons.

"Bibi knows that if such a commission were formed, it would target him as well," a source close to one of the MKs said of the former prime minister. "He is not usually so quiet and it cannot be that he has nothing to say."

Another reason that Netanyahu's opponents suggested for his silence was that acting statesmanlike during the war had helped improve his public image. A Teleseker poll published last week found that if elections were held today, the Likud would rise from 12 seats to 20

"There is no doubt that his behavior does not fit his personality," the source said. "He is trying to improve his reputation in the short term but it is not smart in the long term."

Netanyahu's associates said there were enough MKs who had called for a commission of inquiry. MK Yisrael Katz, who has been one of Netanyahu's harshest critics, said that he called for a commission of inquiry before anyone else did.
Blithering idiots.


At 11:42 PM, Blogger Dave in Pa said...

I'm really not terribly informed on Israeli domestic politics...so I'm loathe to jump into the fire here...

However, isn't it the duty of the Opposition Leader, after such an apparently leadership-caused, what? ... "unsatisfactory outcome"? in Lebanon, to be one of the primary public voices for an independent commission to comprehensively review the causes?

Maybe I'm missing the (and I cordially loathe this over-used word) nuances but shouldn't a man who's Leader of his Party, who aspires to be PM, take a public stand one way or the other on this vital question?

What am I missing here?

At 12:19 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

He doesn't need to because everyone is calling for a public inquiry. And because Netanyahu himself has a reputation for being rash and overly excitable. What they're upset about is that he has actually improved his candidacy for Prime Minister.

At 5:02 AM, Blogger naftali said...

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At 5:06 AM, Blogger naftali said...

20 seats,after all that transpired,is disheartening.

At 8:16 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


What's left unsaid there is whether Lieberman, and NU-NRP also gain seats. I also believe that as a government commission of inquiry proceeds, the blame for the war will fall on Olmert, Peretz and Halutz (unfortunately, not on Livni, who deserves blame for the lousy diplomacy) and that support for the right will grow.

At 3:33 PM, Blogger westbankmama said...

I think Bibi is doing the smart thing - and these "underlings" are scared out of their wits. They were all talking about becoming more "centrist" (Shalom, Livnat, etc.) and guess what happens? This war makes it popular to be right wing again and they look like idiots.

At 6:04 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


No question that's true about Shalom - he was Sharon's candidate to lead the Likud after Sharon founded Kadima. But Livnat? Did she really try to go 'centrist'?


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