Skip to comments.Netanyahu suddenly cancels new elections, forms unity government
Posted on 05/08/2012 6:43:21 AM PDT by Former Fetus
In a surprise turnabout, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to cancel the early elections he had called just 24 hours before and instead form a unity government with the opposition party Kadima, Israeli officials said Tuesday.
The decision shocked much of Israel's political establishment, which was gearing up to dissolve the parliament, or Knesset, and launch campaigns for a Sept. 4 vote.
By joining the government coalition, newly elected Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz avoids facing voters amid polls indicating that his centrist party would lose more than half its Knesset seats. Just a month ago, Mofaz declared he would not join the government and vowed to unseat Netanyahu.
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I sounds like Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz knew his party would lose a lot of seats and power and gave in to Netanyahu to keep from being voted out.
Does this mean Israel is leaning more conservative?
Other governments are weird. They can suddenly call for and suddenly cancel elections; they can collapse because another party took parliment; it’s all so odd.
Who is a “haredim” and why are they not not integrated into the armed forces?
I wondered, perhaps, if the feces was nearing collision with the rotating oscillating air circulator a bit sooner than we thought.
Could it be that Bibi is moving up the timetable for taking out Iran???
The haredim are the various "ultra conservative" or orthodox Jewish sects. They tend to reject all things secular and try to strictly observe the Torah.
Bibi has a deal.
The bombing begins in five minutes.
Well, soon anyway.
And do they not have a tax free status which gets fellow Israeli's undees in a bunch?
“Could it be that Bibi is moving up the timetable for taking out Iran???”
My first thought, too...
Well that was an excellent move on BiBi’s part...wow...might be Iran issue is in play moreso than not.
Yep. Mofaz knew he would be booted and he also knows that Iran cannot be allowed to develop nuclear weapons and they are getting too close.
Any Israeli that thinks about 1939 and what followed knows that you can't sit around and hope for the best, you must act.
Voluntarily boarding a train bound for the gas chamber is not acting in your best interests.
When the Jews of Israel say, "Never again", they mean it.
The liberal Jews in America are not really Jews nor Americans, anymore than liberals of any stripe are really American.
The liberals give up on America when they choose communism, and the majority do.
The US has been moving many of our ships into the Gulf and for various reasons for sometime now...we basically have Iran surrounded.....plus Syria defused, or lets say otherwise occupied, claiming now they have an interim gov. organized and ready should Assad be removed in the near future.
Iraq is relatively stable, and Afghanistan is about as stable as it's going to be. Obama moving troops out might have also been relocating them to strategic places as well.
So the stage is fairly set for the best advantage I think. With this Netanyahu has stated, without reservations, that Iran will not be allowed to have the nuclear bomb and has not once moved from that position. So this move was a good move in light of the overall situations in the ME.
Well yes for the most part. Others are that becuase they don't know the difference. The Jewish friends I have are very much union people and always vote accordingly. ..even if they really might not want to. Their job security is the priority, and though aware of Israel their distant from the overall culture.
I'm so glad BiBi did this and Mofaz took the opportunity he was presented with. Whatever the motives for each it was a good move with how things are staged now in the whole of the ME.
However, one must keep their eye on Russia and China, they raise their heads at the most critical moments when it concerns the ME.
The "ultra orthodox", besides not serving in the military, also tend to use Israel's welfare system to support themselves while spending their days engaged in Torah studies. NY Times, 60 percent of the haredim men do not work. Israel also spends a lot of money subsidizing their seminaries.
Since their Shas Party has long held the balance of power between the right and left, they were able to get lots of goodies.
Yes, Israel is growing more socially and politically conservative as the number of Jews there walk away from Leftism and more toward Torah.
Kadima is not centrist. They’re just a bunch of Leftists trying to lie to everyone that they are not Leftists. Jews have figured out that ploy and would vote a number of Kadima out, like the article says, if elections were held today.
The Left is desperate to stay in power at any cost.
I do believe that he,( Obama), is a Marxist and a Black Liberationists which is to say that he instinctively despises America and would reflexively side with her enemies... providing that does not damage world socialism or his own personal ambitions.
I believe he will lay the predicate for an October Surprise ....which will involve military action against Iran's nuclear establishment and along the Straits of Hormuz...... If Iran reacts by attempting to close the Straits of Hormuz, so much the better from Obama's point of view.
He will expect,.. and he will get,... not just a reconciliation of Jewish voters... but the support of evangelicals... who identify with Israel ....and plain old-fashioned American patriots who predictably will rally around the flag and rush to support their President.
He is laying the predicate for an October Surprise....... Can anyone imagine that he will strike, if he does strike, after and not before the election?.....
Our difficulty will be that he will be right to strike Iran and it will be difficult to demonstrate that Obama is not acting to save the nation as well as Israel........ Right now, every American who fills his car at the pump has reason to curse Obama but all that will be washed away in a flood of patriotic fervor when the missiles fly. .....Obama will be right to strike but his motives will be absolutely corrupt.
We are in a box.
It will be almost impossible to convince the public that they should vote against Obama's reelection by arguing that his motives were corrupt even as we concede that his policy was correct.
......beware the Surprises of October.
Israel often forms unity governments just before major conflicts, so this may be the prelude to the fugue with Iran, which a lot of estimates now say may be in June.
Netanyahu is very smart and a true leader who knows he is obligated to protect the people of Israel. This was a good strategic move.
....When the state was founded in 1948, David Ben-Gurion, granted full-time yeshiva students state financing and exemption from army service... ‘to refill the ranks of Torah scholarship destroyed in the Holocaust’. ......Then, there were 400 students.... Today, there are about 60,000.
...The ‘haredim’, ... make up 10 percent of Israels population of ‘7.5 million’, but are increasing rapidly.....more than 60 percent of ultra-Orthodox men in Israel do not work,..... about 56 percent of ultra-Orthodox live below the poverty line...... Most are dependent on welfare payments like income support, child allowances or married student stipends. .....In addition to the men,.... more than 50 percent of haredi women do not work..... The ‘haredim’ still marry young and favor large families with eight children or more.”.....
These excerpts certainly explain why Israel should address this problem...it sounds an awful lot like the US ‘Generational’ Welfare Recipients who cannot break the cycle....who are now flooding the “Disability” benefit handouts, since they made it more difficult to remain on Welfare.
Benjamin all the way! Benjamin, we have some hard work to do before you quit.