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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Deri for Finance Minister?

Prime Minister Netanyahu was so desperate to avoid elections that on Saturday night he offered Shas' Aryeh Deri the finance ministry and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman a one-year rotation as Prime Minister, according to Maariv's Ben Caspit (link in Hebrew).

Netanyahu had good reason for avoiding elections.

While the Right continues to lead in every poll of Right v. Left, polls have also shown that Netanyahu has become extremely unpopular with roughly 65% of Israeli voters hoping to see him replaced.

On Wednesday night, Labor party leader Yitzchak Herzog and egomaniac Tzipi Livni agreed to join forces in the Labor party and to rotate (two years each) as Prime Minister if they win.

The Right's victory in terms of numbers is not a sure thing. Haredi publications have indicated that they would prefer to go into a coalition with Labor over a coalition with Jewish Home party's Naftali Bennett, with whom they say they will not set. This would make it much harder for Prime Minister Netanyahu to form a coalition even if his party is the largest party in the election (which the polls indicate it may not be).

Meanwhile, Netanyahu has spent this week trying to advance the Likud primary from its scheduled January 6 date to December 31 in order to avoid a challenge from former Education Minister Gidon Saar. Netanyahu will still be facing Moshe Feiglin and Danny Danon, both of whom are to his right. Saar is ideologically closer to Netanyahu.


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At 8:51 PM, Blogger Eliana said...

Well, I wouldn't take anything Ben Caspit says seriously.

He considered Naftali Bennett's appearance with Martin Indyk to be an explosion. He was shocked beyond belief and found Bennett to be scary.

Caspit also lied by claiming that Bennett lied in places when Bennett did no such thing.

At 8:54 PM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

If I were an Israeli, I would vote for MK Feiglin, MK Feiglin and also MK Feiglin!!!!!!!!

Bibi must be hiding under his bed! ;)


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