It will be an extremely tough task for him to walk the tightrope of a coalition government as any handful of members of his coalition can bring his government down.
Narrow or not, a win is a win, and I’m glad this guy will be around to shit on Obama’s international picnic whenever possible. Besides the opposition is divided between leftist trolls and Arabs, and the nationalist Jewish Home had a good showing, indicating that many Israelis are sick of negotiating with the Palitards.
The truth is the Left is very fragmented - Labor the leading party of the Israeli Left has only 15 seats and no other party comes close.
Its impossible for the Left to form a government because the Arabs are not their natural partners. And they would need to invite in the religious parties to build a stable government.
In short anyone expecting Israeli concessions to the Arabs is bound to be sorely disappointed.
This is all Bibi’s fault. First his stupid “cease fire” with Hamas, which strengthened their hand and angered many in the Israeli south who were victims of their missiles. Then his over-the-top attacks on the very right-wing “Jewish Home” party, where Bibi’s Likud party called them out as “extremists”. This weakened Jewish Home and handed votes to the center-left “Yesh Atid” party run by an empty suit former newsreader named Yair Lapid (get used to the name, he is the new star of Israeli politics). Bibi doesn’t care, because he will still rule and will be freed to pursue the same centrist, elitist policies he did in the late 90s, when he gave away Hebron to the Arabs. Bibi is not as great as FReepers think he is.
I hate becoming a cynic (as I have the last few years), but I can’t help but wonder if Obama’s henchmen had any influence on drawing out the anti-Netanyahu vote!
It now looks worse than that. The latest returns being reported on CNBC indicate a 60 - 60 tie.
Would someone comment about the logistics of political campaigns in Israel? I’m quite curious, but know little about it.
Do the airwaves get loaded with ads, ending with “I’m Bibi, and I approve this message!”? For the Knesset, are there push-cards, phone calling, door knocking, fund raising, mailings, campaign workers? Are campaigns nasty or we’re-all-in-this-together in nature? What elected officials are there below Knesset?
Wait until the military ballots come in. There are about 250,000 to be counted with no exit polls possible. That will throw off all these predictions.
Despite the fact the Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian President Morsi said Egyptian children should be taught to hate Jews (Israel) and all those who support them (us), WE are equipping his Islamofascist regime with OUR weapons to attack OUR ally!
I sincerely wish P.M. Netanyahu would tell Hussein to go **** himself.