|Yes, it was that deep in Shiloh.|
Baruch Hashem, thank G-d, I'm back home after my few days as a bag lady gypsy, so since this morning I'm not in a rush to leave my warm, heated home, I checked the usual news sites/sources, Jewish Press, Arutz 7, Jerusalem Post and Reuters to get an idea of what to write about.
There seems to be a lot of news about Avigdor Lieberman who's now trying to reassert himself before fleeing the Likud. For the past few days there are reports that the very unsuccessful political marriage between the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu is all but over. They've been "sleeping in separate bedrooms" for quite some time.
Since Lieberman's acquittal, he seems to be trying to move Left rather than Right. It may be to court the media, because I think it was his Right policies/statements that got him most of his votes. The truth be told, he really has never been a policy maker, just a noisemaker. Policy in a Netanyahu Government comes from Bibi himself. He just controls the puppet strings and tries to give the impression that his cabinet has some power, but I don't believe they do. The truth is that the larger the cabinet the less influence a minister has over the big picture. They are used more as camera props and media ops. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu can't be everywhere so he sends his coalition partners.
If Likud had run alone it would have gotten more MK's than it got in the agreement with Yisrael Beiteinu, but then there would have had been a big risk that Lieberman on his own would have formed some sort of Center Left agreement with Tsippi Livni, Naftali Bennett, Yair Lapid and Mofaz's parties which would have shut out Bibi's Likud totally.
Israel, just like any other true democracy starts the next political election campaign the minute the previous one is over. We had elections almost a year ago, so it's no surprise for me to see all this political jockeying and campaigning. The big question will be if any of the supposedly Right Jewish Nationalist Likud and Bayit Yehudi aka NRP MKs will bolt and form a pro-Jewish Rights in the Land of Israel Party. Considering that only Feiglin voted for MK Yaakov Litzman's (UTJ) bill requiring 80 MKs to approve any withdrawals from Jerusalem, Israel's capital.
I'm glad Feiglin did it, and I'm not surprised that all of the other so called pro-Land of Israel MKs from the coalition chickened out. They are in Bibi's noose. The proof's in the pudding. Too many of you wasted your votes. I wish I didn't have to write:
"I told you so."