Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Bayit Yehudi head Naftali Bennett agreed to give up the titles of vice premier, that had been promised to them in the coalition deal they reached with the Likud-Beytenu party, Israel Radio reported on Friday morning.
I have no doubt that I'm not the only Israeli totally sick of these negotiations. Arlene Kushner wrote about her disgust a couple of days ago, Outrage.
Actually, outrage upon outrage upon outrage. What a day.It had long ago become obvious that there was little true idealism and an overabundance of raw ambition in the demands of Lapid and his partner Bennett in these negotiations. "Gimme, gimme" was what we kept hearing about.
Let's start with the coalition formation and Lapid. With all of the concessions Netanyahu had made for him, it was not enough. Lapid wanted Rabbi Shai Piron, second on the Yesh Atid list, to be Minister of Education and Netanyahu wanted Gideon Sa'ar to retain that position.
United States President John F. Kennedy exhorting the United States with:
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
Personally, I must say that Lapid and Bennett just made me sick. To put it mildly, I 'm not very enthusiastic nor positive not optimistic about Israel's latest government and its potential.
I pray to G-d that I'm wrong.