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Monday, February 16, 2009

The fraud called Kadima

In a bid to stop Binyamin Netanyahu from becoming Prime Minister, Kadima agreed tonight to nearly all the conditions posed by Avigdor Lieberman for his entry into the government.
Kadima on Monday accepted Israel Beiteinu's list of coalition demands and Avigdor Lieberman's party said it hoped Likud would soon follow suit.

As well as civil unions - a union between a man and a woman to live together as partners, recognized by the state, but without a religious component - and an eased conversion process, Lieberman is also seeking to be appointed defense minister or finance minister, wants Daniel Friedmann to stay in the justice portfolio, strongly advocates electoral reform and wants the next coalition committed to toppling Hamas in Gaza.
The Labor party, which was decimated in the elections by Kadima leader Tzipi Livni's "a vote for anyone else is a vote for Bibi" campaign, is furious.
Responding to the agreement, Labor MKs Eitan Cabel and Ophir Paz-Pines on Monday evening slammed Kadima.

"The fraud called Kadima is now being exposed to the world," said Labor's Secretary-General Cabel. "If the left-wingers who gave their vote to [Kadima leader Tzipi] Livni would have known that they'd wake up in the morning and discover they were in bed with [Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor] Lieberman, they would have demanded their votes back."

Paz-Pines elaborated. "Whoever feared that Kadima is just another Likud is now discovering that it is actually another Israel Beiteinu. Instead of being an alternative to the Right as she promised, Livni is bowing and groveling before Lieberman."

"It seems as though nothing in the world scares her more than the notion of sitting in the opposition," he added.
I could have told them three years ago that Kadima had no principles. In fact, I did tell them three years ago that Kadima had no principles.

Kadima is for people who are 'open minded.'



At 11:38 PM, Blogger Robertcw72 said...

No freaking way!!!! NO WAY! Please say it isn't so!

At 12:55 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Odds are good Kadima will get in bed with the Likud, too.

Nothing like seeing the Israeli Left gets its comeuppance!


At 1:41 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

You know what I don't understand?

Lieberman going on vacation to MINSK, for crying out loud.

NO ONE goes on vacation to MINSK.

Minsk is the capital of Belarus, which is a dictatorship and a Soviet satellite country.

It's not a tourist mecca, there's nothing about it to entice the weary bones or excite the need for culture.

Lieberman has a connection to Ukraine, I would get that.

But I wonder if he hasn't got some kind of odd connection to the Russian government or possibly is exploring one.

It just makes no sense to go to Minsk for fun and relaxation.

At 2:53 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Why is Lieberman advocating these changes vis a vis marriage, conversion, etc.? Is this pandering to a specific constituency and if so, which?

At 4:09 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

R. - the Russians. A lot of them are from mixed marriages or are gentiles and that's true if the mother was not Jewish but the father was and he draws support from them. Not all the Russians in Israel are necessarily Jews according to the halachic definition.

At 7:47 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Minsk was a center of Torah study in the late 19th century (as a percentage it was more Jewish than Vilna although far less famous). Maybe Lieberman wanted to check out the places where the old yeshivot were.

/Fat chance


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