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  •  It is possible I just can't see how it could (3+ / 0-)


    Think on it this way... You have to have Likud-Betainu who economically are lining the pockets of the rich and shutting out the middle class and the poor trying to work deals with the leaders of Israel's Unions and a party that has been completely focused on issues of Social Justice (Avodah). This government has been one of the worst in Israel's history on Social Justice issues which culminated in the J14 Street protests two years ago.

    At the same time you also have Labor activists (though not Yachimovich herself) who advocate - along with Lapid's crew for a true Two State solution, dealing with the Feiglin wing of Likud. Something would have to give.

    If Labor gave in, that would be the end of Shelly Yachimovih's career and the Labor party in general. If Likud gives in, the party splits into most likely two or three parts. I don't see how they could do this unless Netanyahu takes on his own party (which he probably won't do).

    I don't know what will happen but I am not guessing it will be all that great this time around. (Maybe I am hanging out with too many Israelis lately ;-)

    "'Touch it dude' - President Barack Obama"

    by volleyboy1 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:31:08 PM PST

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    •  You mischaracterize Likud (1+ / 0-)
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      They aren't Republicans. They raised taxes on the wealthy last year! On fiscal matters they are more like Third Way Dems; on regulatory matters they have been fully supportive of the draconian regulation of Israel's financial sector that left the country unaffected by the worldwide collapse in 2008. And of course they have no problem with Israel's universal health insurance. Benjamin Netanyahu is in many ways to the left of Barack Obama.

      •  No charlie.. you mischaracterize them (1+ / 0-)
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        They are only to the left of American Democrats in that the entire Israeli system is to the left of the American system. HOWEVER, there has been a great transfer of wealth as Netanyahu and his plutocrats rape industry after industry and privatize once socialized sectors of business and now the difference between rich and poor has gotten a lot larger.

        Did the Tax rates on the rich go up - sure... but that was not out of some desire by Bibi to make things more equal. That was due to a ton of economic pressure from both the national system and threats to his interests.

        Give Bibi 10 years to enact whatever economic policies he wanted and the country would be a fine example of austerity policies.

        I am not unfair to Netanyahu, this is just who he is.

        "'Touch it dude' - President Barack Obama"

        by volleyboy1 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 10:09:12 PM PST

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