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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.

Collective Shaft: Shas Seeks to Unite Haredi Parties (Updated)

Group Shaft! : Just what we needed, a collection of sellouts

The most disappointing party in Israel today by far is Shas. Despite having its former leader Ariyeh Deri thrown out on bribery & corruption charges, nothing has changed at Shas. They are still open to bribery, in fact despite being a religious party.. Standard support for religious issues, such as uniting Jerusalem eternally, protecting Israeli settlements etc have all taken a back seat to political & cash payouts.

Kingmaker

For nearly three years now Shas has kept the corrupt Kadima Olmert administration in power as kingmaker of the coalition in return for flat out political appointments & payments. It is blatant to the point of being shocking. Now Shas is again joining the coalition this time under Livni, that much is clear.. DESPITE the fact that Livni is the sole negotiator with the Palestinians, and the openly acknowledged fact she is negotiating away Jerusalem! Mind boggling how Shas pretends to defend Jerusalem while at the same time openly making deals and actually selling out the city.. It’s heartbreaking really.

More Power..

Now Ynet reports Shas seeks to unite religious parties in Israel as a coalition block, to secure more power and apparently sell Jerusalem out collectively!

Haredi cooperation? Shas Chairman Eli Yishai met Wednesday with Knesset Member Yakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) in a bid to form a united ultra-Orthodox bloc in the negotiations with newly elected Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni.

The two discussed the possibility of joining a new Livni-led government together. A source close to Minister Yishai said following the meeting that “he has been working to form a bloc with UTJ in terms of the child allowances, which are the key issue for both parties. [...]

The two parties did not name a recommended candidate for forming the next government in their meetings with President Shimon Peres earlier this week. Together, Shas and UTJ have 18 MKs, nearly equaling the Labor Party which has 19 members in the Knesset.

Earlier Wednesday, Yishai appointed Attorney David Glass and Prof. Yohanan Shatsman as his representatives in the coalition talks with Kadima. He instructed them that the Jerusalem issue should not be discussed and that there should be no compromise on the child allowance issue. [...]

Everyone acknowledges that the non discussion of Jerusalem is an open farce. How can religious parties sell out the holy city for money & power!? The contrast with diaspora haredi communities is striking, the strongest proponents for a united Jerusalem and maintaining a greater Israel are religious Jews abroad. This wheeling and dealing for money is a national Jewish tragedy. If the haredi community won’t join in support to defend Jerusalem and the communities all around it teeming with religious families who will?

Most shocking of all, with a sizable 12 seats, and now a potential block of 18 the silence from these parties respective voters on this farce is deafening, the lack of leadership by Rabbinical authorities astounding. Eli Yishai is eating ‘Pork’ in the temple, if this isn’t hillul Hashem.. I don’t know what is. Now he’s planning on feasting with all his friends!?

UPDATE: Israel Our Home Lieberman;
Shas committing political suicide

“Their (Shas and Kadima) only common denominator is fear of general elections, and they are clinging to their posts,” he told Ynet on Thursday, adding that Shas was headed toward ‘political suicide’.

Lieberman estimated that should Shas join the coalition, it would lose many mandates in the next elections to the Likud party. He said that Shas activists have expressed their disappointment with the party’s direction. “From what I am feeling on the ground, Shas has already lost two-three mandates to Likud for sitting in (Prime Minister Ehud) Olmert’s government. If they’ll join Livni, and Meretz-Yahad joins as well, I believe they’ll lose another three mandates.

“I’m willing to bet that in the next elections Shas receives only seven or eight mandates,” Lieberman said [...]

I don’t have a problem with anyone’s respective choice on whom they chose to vote for, I’m a sucker for Democracy - But in this case I hope he is right and Shas pays the piper at the voting booth for this dereliction of religious duty. A united Jerusalem crosses religious / secular lines in Israel with between 70-80% support depending on the poll. Sephardi religious Israelis have little problem moving it seems between Likud, Kadima or Shas – They are quite fluid between those parties. Now that Shas is again choosing party over country, I hope its voters begin choosing country over party.