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Mrs Clean: Livni goes back on her word; Looks to form Arab based leftist Government coalition (Update II)

Unelected ‘leader’ needs to face the music, er.. electorate

Now into the 2 week extension for coalition building after having burned up the normal month long allocation with no result, the lady elected by less than 1% of the nation’s vote is getting desperate.

Musical Chairs..

The EmperorFirst she claimed she was unprepared to serve under Olmert who no longer had a mandate, yet she never resigned. Then she let it be known if she was not chosen the new Kadima head, she was leaving the party. Then she claimed she wanted to lead a center based government under her leadership based on Olmert’s coalition, despite being unelected. Later she claimed she was prepared to call elections, yet weeks later applied for coalition extensions instead.

Getting dizzy yet?

Then she swung radically left and invited Meretz to join. Afterwards she claimed what she really wanted was a national emergency government with the Likud because that was the ‘responsible’ thing to do. Later she stated it was not Meretz but UTJ & Shas who were her obvious natural partners, before of course telling Labor leader Barak he was the ‘supreme’ deputy Prime Minister under her little junta.

Now, after offering up billions of shekels to buy the leadership seat of Israel only to be as of yet spurned, she’s prepared to form an absurd narrow government of 60 MKs based on the radical left Meretz platform and requiring Arab party MKs to keep her afloat.. There’s only one thing missing from this little dictatorship she is looking to form, a mandate and some actual votes.

Power Trip

Not only has Mrs. Clean now waffled on every statement she has ever made, now she’s selling out the entire Kadima center party concept to feed her unabashed unelected ambitions wholesale, putting the power center in the hands of the radical left and traditional anti Zionist Israel haters. Shas, Kadima members themselves, the Pensioners, pretty much everyone save Livni thinks this is somewhat insane. Not only that but it breaks the only deal she managed to sign with Labor, where she pledged to build a solid 2 year proof government or go to elections.

As six Kadima MKs, headed by Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, said they would not support a narrow government if one were brought to the Knesset for approval next week, Kadima leader and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni threatened Wednesday to hold general elections. [...]

Livni told Mofaz that she preferred a wide government, but that if there were parties – such as Shas and UTJ – that chose not to join a government under her leadership, she would consider forming a narrow one. Livni told Mofaz that all options were still valid, including going to general elections.

Mofaz told Livni that he would like to help form a wide government. Mofaz has gathered five other Kadima MKs who support his position that a narrow government with Labor and Meretz would be too left-wing and would therefore be subject to political extortion and concessions in negotiations with the Palestinians, and later on with the Syrians [...]

A 60 seat skin of your teeth anti Zionist coalition is not what you’d call a solid governing body able to last 2 weeks let alone 2 years in Israel’s political system. Nor would it have anything even resembling a shred of mandate with HUGE issues looming large for Israel including existential threats, unrevealed peace plans, etc. Less than a week later she has already balked on her commitments to Barak, if this is the clean Leader Livni it bodes for disaster.

It seems there is no red line Livni isn’t willing to cross in her quest. Isn’t it time we got real elected leadership, a real mandate by vote not some shady word breaking back room deals? The notion that this woman who received less than 45% of her own party’s vote, less than 25,000 votes in ALL of Israel can possibly be mandated to do anything save tie her own shoes is a real mockery. Stop threatening us endlessly that you will call elections Livni, and call the elections. Please sh*t or get off the pot, we need leadership in this country and we need it now.

At least one thing has become crystal clear and undeniable to all, Livni is a leftist. Light years away from the tough right wing ‘Ariel Sharon heir’ she claimed to be. It seems Mrs. Clean hasn’t been all that honest with us, feel free to choose when and where for yourself as it is a multiple choice question with numerous right answers.

UPDATE: Power Queen plays ‘Who wants to be a billionaire?’

‘Mrs. Clean’ offers Shas 1 Billion Shekels to secure her govt.. First it was 400 million, then 800 million, now a full Billion in 24 hours and the day is not over yet.. Add this to the 1.5 billion promised to Labor, and hundreds million more for Meretz, Pensioners and anyone else who can dig into the Livni leadership trough.. Global Recession? Fiscal conservative, no amount of taxpayer dollars is too much it seems to burn, for what? Did I get a vote to spend billions on this sham, no.. Did you?

UPDATE II: Now it’s back to elections if no coalition deal is done by Sunday
So this would be the hardball I take it? Frankly I injured my neck in whiplash trying to keep track of these machinations all over the map. The Pensioners have pulled out of talks entirely apparently today, because they now also want a few hundred million to a billion sheks and Livni has stated she doesn’t want to act ‘irresponsibly’..

“The moment of reckoning has arrived,” Livni said at a Kadima faction meeting, Wednesday. “Decisions need to be made by Sunday and then we will know whether there will be a coalition or elections. Negotiations have not been exhausted to their fullest, but time is not on our side,” she added.

The Kadima leader insisted that she would not agree to break the budget and that she would not restore child welfare payments to their former levels. In the closed session, the Kadima leader said she preferred a government that was as broad as possible, but admitted that it was not yet clear if she would even get a 61-MK majority, Israel Radio reported. [...]

According to her enamored media, Kadima & Livni herself, she should be all set for a 20% electoral landslide crushing the Likud, so why the reticence to go to the electorate? Might it have something to do with the fact that in reality she is going to get shellacked?

Personally, I maintained she would have difficulty beating Mofaz, that’s how it rolled. I also made my call she would not be able to build a coalition which was pretty ballsy seeing as one already existed - I’m sticking to my guns.. We’ll see what goes on from now till Sunday. If she opts for this 61 Meretz Arab MK coalition I will openly revolt like the Hashmoneans against the Seleucids.

Meretz Appeal: Livni’s Kadima is in big trouble

Loss of Mofaz may signal serious blow on a number of levels

Kadima was formed as a center party, but since Olmert’s takeover just after Kadima’s inception, the party has marched steadily left towards Labor & Meretz positions. Olmert’s intent to ram through concessions and talks with traditional enemies like Syria despite near zero public approval, and Livni’s personal stewardship of Palestinian track talks have only cemented the drift.

Half & Half

What gave Kadima unique strength and allowed it to lean left so dangerously was its makeup. Formed with former Labor & Likud MKs, the labor half gave ‘moderation’ legitimacy while the Likud half gave ‘security’ legitimacy. Top of the list in the hawk department was Shaul Mofaz. His departure leaves Livni in a lurch on a number of levels.

He takes with him a massive chunk of the security legitimacy, Livni has zero security knowledge, zero military understanding, and is seen rightly so as a dove. Kadima voters who value old Likud harder lines (we are speaking of half the party) are not necessarily overjoyed or even voting with Kadima going forward now that the Labor / Left wing of the party, is in command. I myself was a Kadima supporter under Sharon, my vote is long gone back to the Likud.

Worse, Mofaz is a hero of the Sephardi component. Being Iranian and hailing from the Likud he carries with him a strong contingent of Mizrahi eastern Jewish support within Israel, and they are livid – citing old Ashkenazi racism within Kadima as a factor in his some 400 vote loss which by all accounts, looked contrived and staged for Livni.

Meretz

The elation of the Meretz party with Livni is further damaging, NO ONE in Israel of political stripe wants to be associated with the Meretz platform, which is seen as near treasonous these days in the holy land by a great majority of voters. Worse, Meretz represents the Liberal Elite for many, the worst stereotypes of old Ashkenazi racism and power. These things are anathema to Mizrahi Jews who are sizable with heavy voting power.

Livni dropping hints that she may opt to form a coalition with Meretz, Labor & the Arab parties, thus giving her a razor thin 60 or 61 seat majority government (in order in reality to pressure the Mizrahi Jewish based Shas party) is like a race lightning bolt striking Kadima. Combined with the loss of Mofaz (he is shrewd) Livni’s pleas for unity seem like whimpers compared to the rumbling ‘race thunder’ now being loudly heard.

Queen Livni may have to bow

She does not like Mofaz personally, nor does she have solid relations with Mizrahi / eastern Jewry in Israel. This is not an enviable position because on either side..

  • Whether it is winning Mizrahi support within Kadima to keep the party relevant seat wise
  • Or winning Mizrahi Shas support outside Kadima for coalition purposes

The new ‘Meretz Ashkenazi Queen’ is without them ruling over a very small, even tiny kingdom. Come coalition time, or election time something needs to happen here or the Livni reign will be a short one indeed, worth perhaps 8-10 seats. If this rift widens we may even see Kadima & Labor merge. That may sound insane because Barak & Livni’s relationship is also bordering on blows – But, in the realm of Israeli politics gaining seat numbers is King, and the King trumps even the Queen.