Saturday, January 17, 2009

Damned If He Does, Damned If He Doesn't -- Bibi's Snared

You'd never know there was an election coming up, since we haven't heard from the main opposition leader, Bibi Netanyahu, except when he's supporting the government.

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.

Three Polls:
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?


Anonymous said...

I understand the frustration many Israelis feel with your election comming up. Most Israelis seemed to have awakened to the fact that the politics of appeasement just doesn't work. And they want strong leadership who won't bow to external pressure. Likud seems to have the best chance of winning. Many don't trust Netanyahu because of Wye River. But if too many voters on the right in Israel vote for one of those small parties instead of Likud, you could have the same situation as in 2006. Because the conservatives in Israel split their votes between so many different parties, that's what made it possible for Kadima to win. And it could happen again unless the voters on the right are able to rally behind one main party. You've really got a tough situation. But as for my country: we are going to be stuck with Obama. We blogged, sent e-mails, phone calls, everything we could do to warn the voters in America about this man and his ties to Islamists, but they would have none of it. The remained in willful ignorant denial and would'nt listen. Israel I hope. will emerge with a conservative and strong enough government to be able to stand up to the Obama's and Gordon Browns in the world.

Batya said...

Nice try, but you're wrong. Likud lost to Kadima since it had no message, just wishy-washy, and Bibi is still the same centrist garbage. He'll only lean right if the right, National Union does well.