Friday, May 15, 2015

Stormy Seas for Netanyahu's New Government

Since yesterday I blogged about the dangers and non-Jewish basis of the so-called "two state solution," which places an Arab terror state in the heartland of the historic Land of Israel, I'm not blogging on the subject today. That is even though there are new pressures from the American President Barack Hussein Obama and more admissions from his proteges in the P.A. calling for Israel's destruction.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends 
the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in 
You'd think with all the experience that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has had in putting together coalitions and controlling the Likud, that he'd have an easy time constructing this most recent coalition government.

It started well way back when a few months ago when he fired the unabashedly rebellious government ministers Tsippi Livni and Yair Lapid, declaring new elections in March. The polls showed lots of support, especially for him as Prime Minister, even among those who had no plans to vote for the Likud.

Labor's prince and wannabe Prime Minister Isaac Herzog is not considered PM material by large swaths of Israeli society. And things aren't going all that well in his party which was renamed Zionist Union when Tsippi Livni joined him, after she shocked her supporters and deserted her own party. Her popularity as the campaign got swinging was so low that although the original announcement was that they'd be interchangeable leaders and Prime Ministers, her position was moved to the back. But this didn't placate former Labor leader Shelly Yachimovich who has not been a happy camper at all.

But like it or not, Herzog is the head opposition leader which does give him a prominent position and opportunities to criticize Netanyahu to the maximum.

Flash 90

It seems like this time Netanyahu is going through even more than hell and high water to get his government off the ground. He did pull it off late last night at a very tense vote of 61 vs 59.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s 20-minister government was sworn in late Thursday night, following a day full of problems with Likud appointments to his cabinet. The Knesset approved the government 61-59 just after 11 p.m. on Thursday. (Jerusalem Post)
Everyone's wondering if it will get better or worse for Bibi. Will his Likud  party calm down? Promoting all sorts of relatively new and young MKs at the expense of the loyal and experienced Tzachi Hanegbi had me, and Hanegbi, very surprised. Or does the wily Netanyahu know or plan something that would shock us all?

Netanyahu is very well respected abroad as we saw two months ago as he was so enthusiastically cheered in Congress. Obama and fans had threatened and predicted a boycott/walkout for Bibi, which didn't really happen.

It may be easier for Prime Minister Netanyahu to charm the Americans than his fellow Israelis. With Herzog and Yachimovich locking horns the opposition isn't as powerful as the Left leaning media likes to pretend.

So, the embattled Bibi may be in power for longer than most would predict.


Anonymous said...

Methinks that this coalition may have more staying power than thought for 2 reasons:
1. The 61 members know that they can lose their seat easily, so they will be careful to show up for all the Knesset votes.
2. The opposition is very divided: Buji vs Yechimovich vs Lieberman vs the Arabs. No cohesion there at all!

-- Yitz

Sammy Finkelman said...

I thought the 61 to 59 votes was over a bill to increase the number of Cabinet positions over 18. Not long ago, in a "reform" effort the maximum was set at 18.

Now The Likud argued Israel's election system, which results in coalition governments doesn't permit stable governments to be created where there is a limit of 18 Cabinet positions.

The extra Cabinbet positions are a price that has to be paid to create a workable government.

Batya said...

a, good point, also remember that as was just proven, new elections will just leave the same basic blocks of MKs.
Sammy, good point, yes.