One thing for sure, that Bibi's outbursts prove the adage, "I don't care what they say about me, just make sure they spell my name right!" Probably this saying originated by P. T. Barnum.
Likud Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has done more for the NRP-Jewish Home's Naftali Bennett than their supporters' greatest dreams. He has given them lots of free publicity and name recognition. OK, it's possible that it's all in their plan, something Bibi and Bennett have cooked up in their secret kitchen. I wouldn't put anything past our wily Prime Minister.
- Did we have warning when Bibi and Mofaz eloped?
- Did we have warning when Bibi and Lieberman eloped?
Bennett and Bibi are old political bedfellows. Bennett was chief of staff to Netanyahu as leader of the opposition, from 2006 to 2008. They are both totally bilingual, Hebrew-English, and could have made successful careers for themselves any place in the world. They have a lot in common but are a generation apart. Bennett is young enough to be Bibi's son.
The leaking of Likud support at this stage of the campaign reminds me what what happened in the previous Knesset campaign when Avigdor Lieberman, Yisrael Beiteinu, began making very Right wing statements. Suddenly his party jumped in the polls at the expense of the Likud. Netanyahu, most probably, decided to try a new version and made a deal with him to take advantage of the same trick/technique. The two parties merged prior to the elections, but the Left side-swiped them by suddenly having the Left-controlled justice department courts to threaten indictment of Lieberman for rumors/suspicions over a decade old. That has distracted Lieberman, and he hasn't been able to play his role in the "good cop, bad cop" scenario/script he and Bibi had written.
Politics is my favorite game, never dull. We still have just over three weeks to go until elections. Hold on to your hats....