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Netanyahu suddenly cancels new elections, forms unity government
Jewish World Review ^ | 5/8/2012 | Edmund Sanders

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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TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: elections; israelelection; kadima; likud; netanyahu; notbreakingnews
Smart move! According to the Jerusalem Post , the first priority will be "replacing the Tal Law with a historic, just and equal solution to integrating the haredim into army service". And Netanyahu will be able to do so without fear of the effect it would have for Shas to leave the coalition!

Go, Bibi!

1 posted on 05/08/2012 6:43:32 AM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus

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?


2 posted on 05/08/2012 6:47:32 AM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: Former Fetus
In surprise deal, Israeli leader cancels election
3 posted on 05/08/2012 6:48:27 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Former Fetus
Yes, sir...that's my Bibi !

Leni

4 posted on 05/08/2012 6:51:58 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Former Fetus
Looks like he called somebody’s bluff.
5 posted on 05/08/2012 6:54:16 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Former Fetus

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.


6 posted on 05/08/2012 6:55:46 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Former Fetus

Who is a “haredim” and why are they not not integrated into the armed forces?


7 posted on 05/08/2012 6:57:14 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Former Fetus

I wondered, perhaps, if the feces was nearing collision with the rotating oscillating air circulator a bit sooner than we thought.


8 posted on 05/08/2012 6:59:23 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Former Fetus

Could it be that Bibi is moving up the timetable for taking out Iran???


9 posted on 05/08/2012 7:00:22 AM PDT by The Political genius
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
Who is a “haredim” and why are they not not integrated into the armed forces?

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.

10 posted on 05/08/2012 7:10:13 AM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: The Political genius
If I were about to stake the very existence of the nation on military action, I would do as Netanyahu has done and as Winston Churchill did in 1940, I would form a consensus government. Netanyahu's ultimate dilemma is that the fate of the nation is equally at risk if he does not strike.


11 posted on 05/08/2012 7:12:22 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: edcoil

Bibi has a deal.

The bombing begins in five minutes.

Well, soon anyway.


12 posted on 05/08/2012 7:12:51 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“Get Some!”


13 posted on 05/08/2012 7:16:56 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Sparticus
Who is a “haredim” and why are they not not integrated into the armed forces? 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.

And do they not have a tax free status which gets fellow Israeli's undees in a bunch?

14 posted on 05/08/2012 7:33:55 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: The Political genius

“Could it be that Bibi is moving up the timetable for taking out Iran???”

Could be...


15 posted on 05/08/2012 7:47:09 AM PDT by montanajoe
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To: nathanbedford

My first thought, too...


16 posted on 05/08/2012 7:48:13 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Former Fetus

Well that was an excellent move on BiBi’s part...wow...might be Iran issue is in play moreso than not.


17 posted on 05/08/2012 7:51:00 AM PDT by caww
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To: caww
Well that was an excellent move on BiBi’s part

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.

18 posted on 05/08/2012 8:04:55 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: nathanbedford
Nathan, there were two other occasions where this occurred in Israel, and one of them was to unite the nation for war time. I suspect this has to do with same concerning Iran.

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.

19 posted on 05/08/2012 8:12:47 AM PDT by caww
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To: USS Alaska
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.

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.

20 posted on 05/08/2012 8:24:26 AM PDT by caww
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To: Sparticus; Robert A. Cook, PE
Who is a “haredim” and why are they not not integrated into the armed forces?

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.

21 posted on 05/08/2012 8:27:26 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: caww
Never mind the Ides of March, beware the Surprises of October


22 posted on 05/08/2012 8:28:00 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: edcoil

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.


23 posted on 05/08/2012 9:01:05 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: nathanbedford
'Excerts' from your excellent article, worth the read for others who might have missed it:

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.

24 posted on 05/08/2012 9:07:50 AM PDT by caww
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To: Former Fetus

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.


25 posted on 05/08/2012 9:08:26 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: nathanbedford
If I were about to stake the very existence of the nation on military action, I would do as Netanyahu has done and as Winston Churchill did in 1940, I would form a consensus government. Netanyahu's ultimate dilemma is that the fate of the nation is equally at risk if he does not strike.

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.

26 posted on 05/08/2012 9:32:38 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: PapaBear3625
This explains why Haredim were once given these accommodations...from your link:

....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 Israel’s 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.

27 posted on 05/08/2012 9:36:07 AM PDT by caww
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To: Former Fetus

Benjamin all the way! Benjamin, we have some hard work to do before you quit.


28 posted on 05/08/2012 7:02:43 PM PDT by veracious
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