Comments on: Will surprising results stop a status-quo Netanyahu-led government? http://972mag.com/will-surprising-results-stop-a-status-quo-netanyahu-led-government/64515/ Independent commentary and news from Israel & Palestine Sat, 01 Nov 2014 11:22:58 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8 By: History http://972mag.com/will-surprising-results-stop-a-status-quo-netanyahu-led-government/64515/comment-page-1/#comment-108184 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:02:21 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=64515#comment-108184 That’s exactly the type of attitude that Netanyahu adopted when he backed Romney.
Nice.
Keep this up and I wonder when America will finally see sense and realize that it is backing an extremist right government that represents a country with an extremist right majority, and that is completely ungrateful, termed the spoilt brat of the us by everyone else.
Fascism truly has no manners..
You’ve impressed me again with your hate speech, trespasser, I thought I’d heard it all

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By: Danny http://972mag.com/will-surprising-results-stop-a-status-quo-netanyahu-led-government/64515/comment-page-1/#comment-104851 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:45:43 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=64515#comment-104851 I guess I spoke too soon. It appears Lapid’s idea of a successful election campaign is one in which he sits comfortably on a leather minister’s chair and gets driven around in a shiny new Volvo – compliments of Bibi/Lieberman. Very disappointing, and just on his first day on the job!
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I guess the status quo is impossible to kill from the inside, and we will need some outside help (e.g. BDS) to convince Israelis.
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All in all, a pretty successful election for Bibi!

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By: The Trespasser http://972mag.com/will-surprising-results-stop-a-status-quo-netanyahu-led-government/64515/comment-page-1/#comment-104752 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:38:12 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=64515#comment-104752 Danny,

Coalition which would piss me off the most would include Meretz, Avoda, Hamas and Balad.

I sure that you’d support them happily.

>He will definitely push towards normalization of relations with the Obama administration

Who’s Obama? That useless Afroamerican who’ve stolen the Noble Peace prize?

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By: The Trespasser http://972mag.com/will-surprising-results-stop-a-status-quo-netanyahu-led-government/64515/comment-page-1/#comment-104750 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:37:01 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=64515#comment-104750 Coalition which would piss me off the most would include Meretz, Avoda, Hamas and Balad.

I sure that you’d support them happily.

>He will definitely push towards normalization of relations with the Obama administration

Who’s Obama? That useless Afroamerican who’ve stolen the Noble Peace prize?

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By: Piotr Berman http://972mag.com/will-surprising-results-stop-a-status-quo-netanyahu-led-government/64515/comment-page-1/#comment-104731 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:33:58 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=64515#comment-104731 Lapid will feel a strong pressure to force some changes simply to maintain his brand. What that change will be? There are only so many directions where he can go.

Since Netanyahu cannot form a government without Yesh Atid, Lapid has strong position. Better relationship with USA and benefits for the middle class are obvious goals, what that really means remains to be seen. Budget savings from smaller subsidies on settlements and dropping plans to attack Iran could be considered…

One could consider some rational approach to the problem of economically underrepresented minorities, Palestinians and ultra-Orthodox. The far-right prescription of assimilating them through military or national service is not workable (it is hard to force them to do it, and once you force them, they may just cause more trouble) but improving education, job training etc. could.

If nothing else, Lapid proved to be a master in marketing. Perhaps he will also take lessons from the demise of Shinui and do something better — he may be vapid, but he is not an idiot.

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By: XYZ http://972mag.com/will-surprising-results-stop-a-status-quo-netanyahu-led-government/64515/comment-page-1/#comment-104695 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 05:52:12 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=64515#comment-104695 I don’t know if most of Lapid’s voters are “leftist” on the “peace process”. He obviously picked up a lot of votes from former Israeli Betein and KADIMA voters who are not hard-Left and, in fact, may be considered “security hawks” if not necessarily as big supporters of the settlementss as Bennet-Bayit Yehudi is. Lapid said he opposes division of Jerusalem, so if he really means it, then this automatically throws a monkey-wrench into the negotiations with Abbas (of course, there is the bigger problem of the irreconcialable “right of return” of the refugees clouding the whole so-called “peace process”).

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By: Greg Pollock http://972mag.com/will-surprising-results-stop-a-status-quo-netanyahu-led-government/64515/comment-page-1/#comment-104664 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 03:42:37 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=64515#comment-104664 The second place showing of nascent Yesh Atid is (another) strong indicator that an increasing portion of the Israeli electorate has become dislodged from proffered elite policy, and I think this showing indicates that J14 did indeed impact a significant number of Israeli’s perceptions. Lapid’s decision to dodge the Palestinian issue while placing many “doves” on his list worked: as in J14, Palestine alienates via loyalty and security, dampening sentiment on economic change. But an electorate willing to shift so much may well be willing to consider the peace issue if tied to matters of finance. A Lapid stressing a settlement freeze with reduced subsidies might be a start. I am not saying this will happen; I have no idea. Yet a partial electorate veto of elite party games is evident through Lapid’s showing, and may well offer a new political space to either position small gains or articulate a true alternative.

Bibi has repeatedly shown an arrogance towards the electorate, as early as J14. So far, he has bet on the electorate not independently reorganizing. Perhaps this election shows he is wrong in that.

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By: Danny http://972mag.com/will-surprising-results-stop-a-status-quo-netanyahu-led-government/64515/comment-page-1/#comment-104649 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 02:29:20 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=64515#comment-104649 Sure, Bibi can put together a gov’t of 61, and try to govern with it. But how long do you such a gov’t will last? Not even a year.

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By: Danny http://972mag.com/will-surprising-results-stop-a-status-quo-netanyahu-led-government/64515/comment-page-1/#comment-104648 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 02:27:11 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=64515#comment-104648 Wrong as usual. Lapid said on numerous occasions that he wants negotiations with the Palestinians (if only to “divorce” them, as he puts it). He is center-left, and has several well-known doves on his ticket. He will definitely push towards normalization of relations with the Obama administration, which pretty much means that Bibi will have to eat quite a few frogs in his next term.

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By: Dany http://972mag.com/will-surprising-results-stop-a-status-quo-netanyahu-led-government/64515/comment-page-1/#comment-104644 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 02:15:09 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=64515#comment-104644 I’ll support every coalition which will piss off Dummbabbler like you.

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