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Bibi At Stake

  • By : Brian Bush
  • March 5, 2013
  • 9:02 pm

Hi All!

Some here in Israel are beginning to murmur that Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has not carried out the negotiations to form a new coalition properly.

And with all his attempts, it looks almost certain now that he is not going to get the government that he wanted.

Some say it was a mistake to not see Naftali Bennett, leader of the new party Jewish Home until the very last opportunity.

Others say it was because of Netanyahu's rather predictable procedure in Israeli politics of factionalism.

But it is clear that Netanyahu is up against two principled men in Bennit and Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid. They said that they would stick together and they have. Bibi did not know what to do or how to deal with it – other than to make grandiose promises and try to divide them against each other.

So it looks like Mr. Netanyahu has conceded that his new government will be with two invigorated politicians that may look for opportunities to advance their ambitions at his expense. They will run the country and set new agendas doing things differently (at least that's the voter's wish).

One commentary said Mr. Netanyahu and his advisers will operate on a basis of mutual hostility and suspicion.

The big religious parties of Shas and United Torah Judaism, who have always aided Netanyahu, will now be in the opposition seeking to end his government.

They are upset because Netanyahu let them run government ministries during his terms in office that set funds for their interests such as ultra-orthodox schools and municipal services because these parties are particularly dependent on funds from the state budget.

The ultra-orthodox parties have always sought positions of influence to assist their communities.

This is why Lapid and Bennet are where they are now – because the people want to rid the government of the old guard – but in their way is Bibi Netanyahu, who now must work with them. Either way, Bibi's political life is at stake.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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