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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Latma's "Little Brother, "A Hebrew's Word," and Some Interesting Facts About Bibi and Bennett

Here's a quick moving, fast talking summary of what has been happening in Israeli politics on A Hebrew's Word.



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?
Think about it...

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.

Bennett has now started playing the Lieberman role from five years ago and simultaneously take votes from Likud and Otzma L'Yisrael, the Eldad & Ben-Ari party.  The big major difference between NRP aka Bayit Yehudi and Otzma L'Yisrael is that Bayit Yehudi will do pretty much anything to be in the cabinet/coalition while Otzma L'Yisrael has principles  and not dreams of a Volvo aka cabinet seat and perks.  So if principles are what you want from your MK, then vote Otzma L'Yisrael.

Politics is my favorite game, never dull.  We still have just over three weeks to go until elections.  Hold on to your hats....

3 comments:

goyisherebbe said...

First, "A Hebrew's Word" is pretty good, hope they get some English subtitles for the folks out there who are still stuck on the left-to-right. Second, don't try to dump on Naftali Bennett. If lots of people who have supported Likud would vote for him and lots of people who have supported NRP, Aguda and Shas would support Otzma L'Yisrael, we would be fine. Bennett would be PM and we would rag him from the right as usual. That's our job. Maybe then someone would come along who's even more right and make Otzma L'Yisrael look moderate. BTW, I'm going to file a motion in the Supreme Court against your site's discrimination against robots.

Batya said...

Bennett's not ready to be PM. Let Likud play second fiddle to NRP first. It could be in another decade or even a drop less if the good Likud MK's like Hotovelli transfer themselves...

goyish, what do you have against this blog? You still have blogging rights...

Shy Guy said...

People, start using your neurons. Why did Netanyahu come down hard on Bennet last week and approve the destruction of Oz Zion this week? Think!