supporters want him as Foreign Minister, because they think of it as a social photo-op position, just perfect for the media star.
It is this ugly state of affairs that explains the meteoric rise of Yair Lapid to "kingmaker" in this Knesset. His TV-star looks, stage presence, and confidence in the spotlight were far more important to the throngs who cast their votes for him than his political ideas. Hardly anybody bothered to read his past op-eds, many of which directly contradicted the platform on which he eventually ran. But even if they had, it wouldn't have mattered; his campaign was based on his pretty face and promises of "hope" for the "equal distribution of societal responsibilities" — which means having the ultra-Orthodox serve in the military. (more from Ruthie Blum)Powerful political positions require more than a good haircut and dentist. Netanyahu has stayed in power (and returned to it after his loss) because of his intelligence and growing political savvy. Even if he strikes out this time, I wouldn't consider him finished, out of the game.
“Anyone who thinks that in the center of the diplomatic, political and social tsunami that is shaking the Arab world it is possible to get a magical solution of comprehensive peace with the Palestinians does not understand,” he said.I certainly prefer him as Foreign Minister over the other candidates/wannabes, especially Lapid.
“I am saying clearly that it is impossible to reach a comprehensive agreement with the Palestinians,” said Liberman, who has not hidden his desire to return to the helm at the Foreign Ministry after his upcoming trial. “It is impossible to solve the conflict, it needs to be managed.” (Jerusalem Post article)
Lapid isn't Netanyahu's only problem. Shas and its Rabbi Ovadia Yosef don't want to play ball with Lapid.
During his weekly Torah lesson, Rabbi Yosef said Lapid “hates yeshivas” and said he is “contemptible”. Lapid has demanded that hareidi yeshiva students be drafted into the army as a condition for his entering the coalition.
The only way that Bibi can fashion another government coalition is if Shas and Lapid will agree to sit together. From what I've read, NRP-Jewish Home's Naftali Bennett understands that simple fact of life.
Politics makes strange bedfellows.
If you're too fussy, you may lose it all. Can Israel afford new elections so soon?