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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Israel's Pre-Election Shake-ups

I don't know if elections are to be soon, but we're always in pre-election mode, even  the minute elections are over. Before the votes are even counted, a competent professional politician will always be planning his next moves.  And the Israeli political system is more like a surfers beach, with high waves and changes. It's very unlike the American system, which can be compared to a boring lake. Two political parties  that have existed for and have been competing for over a hundred years just doesn't have the excitement of Israel's elections, which always have new parties. Never dull here in Israel.

There are two big political news items. One was/is expected, and the other a surprise.

Naftali Bennett has been having trouble keeping his NRP aka Jewish Home party well glued. That's now surprise for a few reasons. One is that he joined the dying NRP to save it, and a lot of people don't like his methods. The chief method they don't like is that he has been opening the party to non-religious members of the Israeli public. He could have done something similar with Arye Eldad and Michael Ben-Ari, as the saying goes, "it makes more sense to marry a rich girl." And the NRP had the big dowry, while Eldad and Ben-Ari could only offer idealism.

I honestly must say that I had hoped they would all work together and never liked Bennett's aim to being the cabinet as a campaign slogan.

Photo credit: Yehoshua Yosef
The big shocker is the resignation, to take a break from politics, of Interior Minister,  Gidon Sa'ar.
"After giving this considerable thought, I have decided to take a break from politics. I seek a different life, a little more privacy, peace and freedom. I feel this is the right thing to do for me and for my loved ones," Sa'ar told hundreds of Likud members at a pre-Rosh Hashana event at Kfar Maccabiah, in central Israel.
"Over the past two years, especially given the changes in my personal life, I have considered taking a break from public life many times. It's tough to leave and there are always reasons not to do so.
I can understand that he needs a break or wants to go into another field. I've certainly worked at enough jobs and feel that changing professions is healthy. Maybe he will be back, and maybe he won't. I wish him luck.


Mr. Cohen said...

David Horowitz Chilling Exchange with Muslim Student
(Muslim student at the University of California, San Diego
publicly admits she favors killing all Jews all around the world.)

Batya Medad said...

Dangerous world.