Monday, January 11, 2010
The Likud's "Right" Wing, Excuses, Excuses
My husband was our representative at the meeting last night here in Shiloh with Israeli Government Minister Yuri Edelstein about the Building Freeze. Upon his return, I grilled him for information.
This was the official meeting for the region, and people came from all over, not just Shiloh.
I can't imagine how anyone can justify the Jews only ban on building, but as a serious political blogger, I can always use fresh information. From my husband's report, most people there had little faith in Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud government.
Even I was surprised at the object of Edelstein's blame. He didn't blame Bibi, nor Barak. He blamed the Ichud Le'umi, the National Union, claiming that if they had joined the government it would be more Rightist. Duhh, Edelstein seems to have forgotten one little minor detail or more.
First of all, most important, there wasn't any real invitation to join the coalition. Bibi's goal was a Centrist government, not a Right wing one. He took on Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel's Our Home) to neutralize and marginalize it, but he gave all the real power to extreme Loony Left Ehud Barak and the Labor Party. He also courted and is still courting Tsippi Livni and her Kadima MK's.
Not to disparage the sincerity and idealism of some of some Likud MK's like newcomer Tzippi Hotobilli and Edelstein, but they have no real power nor influence in the Likud nor in the government. They are effectively muzzled by being members of the Likud. They would be much more effective in the opposition, joining the NU and making it larger and stronger.
We need a strong nationalist, right wing opposition to rein in the coalition. I'm a pragmatist and I can see very clearly that it's not working from inside the Likud. It can't. Netanyahu, as Prime Minister, has full control of things, especially of the internal workings of the Likud. We saw that after the primaries when he went totally antidemocratic and changed the results, pushing Moshe Feiglin and others down to "no chance to get in the Knesset" numbers. Feiglin hasn't admitted the mistake of his strategy to take over the Likud, but that's not new as far as I'm concerned. I've written about it before.
Bibi's just following the lead of other Likud Prime Ministers who have gone against Jewish Rights in The Land of Israel. That's why I'm not a Likud supporter.