Weekly Election Update: Maybe it’s Time for Group Therapy?

  • Did anything happen while we were away? Any major government legislative goals that pissed some people off? Really? Well I’m sure the reaction was sensible.
  • In a related matter, tension is growing in the coalition. Following the deal between the ultra-Orthodox parties and the Likud to change existing agreements on the Kotel and conversion, Yisrael Beitenu leader and beard enthusiast Avigdor Lieberman called the agreements an attempt to turn the Zionist state into a state run by Jewish law. Yisrael Beitenu then used their veto for religion and state issues to challenge the conversion bill meaning that a coalition committee will be formed to discuss the bill. Discussions regarding the bill have been delayed for 6 months.
  • Meanwhile, beard enthusiasts HaBayit HaYehudi has accused the Likud of not helping them rush the legislative process for the “Jerusalem Bill”, which would make any decision splitting Jerusalem require the approval of 80 MKs and not 61. The Likud has responded that they will not help HaBayit HaYehudi as long as the party is delaying the “National Law” that legally declares Israel the state of the Jews. HaBayit HaYehudi is delaying the bill by insisting that it go to a committee that they control as opposed to one that the Likud controls.
  • And as all this is going on, Gideon Sa’ar, a former popular minister and member of the Likud got an interview with the Washington Post suggesting that he could be Israel’s next Prime Minister. Make no mistake, the man is coming for Bibi.
  • Speaking of coming for Bibi, our Prime Minister seems to have a skill for fighting with honored American dignitaries. When I heard “…Baby One More Time” I knew that one day Britney would be fighting with the Israeli Prime Minister.
  • MK Tzipi Livni said that she is sick of people bringing up the fact that she switches parties all the time. So allow me to provide a list: 1999-2005: Likud, 2005-2012: Kadima, 2013-2015: Hatnuah, 2015-2017: Zionist Union, 2017: Insisting that the left form one big party. According to Livni, she hasn’t changed at all, just politics have. Therefore, according to Tzipi Livni, the Likud 12 years ago was where Labor is now even though Labor has been run by the same legacies for almost the entire time. Even though the Likud had already begun to make the economic changes to the country about which Labor members complain. Being Tzipi Livni is hard.

 

Totally precise and not arbitrary election date: February 20, 2018 (I’m now far less interested in what’s best for the country and far more interested in nailing the prediction I’ve been making for months. I need the coalition to hang on for juuuust a bit more)

Winner: Likud

Runner Up: Yesh Atid (Recently, I’ve been seeing Kulanu campaign posters in conjunction with Kahlon’s triumphant tax reduction announcements. Kulanu may steal a number of centrist voters from Yesh Atid, while Labor may gain back a few lost voters after the completion of primaries)

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