Bibi is cooperating to support the war and the government, which has totally muzzled the Likud's election campaign. He's between a rock and a hard place. If he doesn't support he government's war efforts, he's disloyal to the country and the IDF, and if he does support it, he's undermining his election campaign.
'We must have a decisive victory'
Netanyahu: "I warned that unilateral Gaza pullout would create 'Hamastan.'"
I don't know what will happen if the government really stops the war, giving in to international pressure and declaring a ceasefire. Will Bibi finally break with the government and campaign? The Likud's showing in the polls is pretty consistent, but Bibi's not winning any fans.
Likud 28-29, Kadima 21-2,
Israel not using excessive military force 82%:13%
Satisfied with the performance of:
PM Olmert: Yes 46% No 39%
DM Barak: Yes 70% No 20%
FM Livni Yes 51% No 34%
Opposition head Netanyahu: Yes 48% No 34%
(entire article from IMRA)
Bibi must break away from the government line if he's going to win. And he must remind the public of the rampant terrorism which began during Barak's rule as Prime Minister. The Likud must also remind the country of how Livni supported Disengagement, which has brought terrorist missiles even closer to Israel.
Bibi must act like a leader. He has to attract voters from Kadima and Labor. Isn't that why he is promoting the Likud as a centrist party? He shouldn't ignore the fact that the timing of this war, which should have been years ago, is only an election campaign ploy by Kadima and Labor.
Those of us who don't trust the center must vote for the National Union, the Ichud Le'umi.
The word "unilateral," one-sided should be considered obscene. Gov't Discussing Unilateral Truce as Hamas Threatens Attacks. Hasn't the government learned its lesson?