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Saturday, May 4, 2013

According to The Polls, Lapid's Still on a Roll

As many of you have known for a long time, I'm as out of the box as they come.  My opinions rarely are the popular ones.  If the Smith poll, which IMRA wrote about here, had asked me my opinion wouldn't be like most others.
The poll shows/indicates that Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid political party is gaining in support and would receive as many seats as the combined Likud Beitenu, Likud & Yisrael Beiteinu.  Many of the new voters would be those who are abandoning Kadima and Tsipi Livni's Movement.
If elections held today (expressed in Knesset seats)
Current Knesset seats in [brackets].
Please note: There are 120 seats in the Knesset. Parties must receive a
minimum of 2% of the valid votes cast in the elections to be included in the
Knesset - this comes to 2.4 seats. After elections are held the coalition
forming a government must receive 61 votes in a vote of confidence in the
Knesset.
30 [31] Likud Beiteinu (Likud & Yisrael Beiteinu)
30 [19] Lapid "Yesh Atid" Party
13 [12] Bayit Yehudi
12 [15] Labor
10 [11] Shas
07 [07] Yahadut Hatorah
07 [06] Meretz
00 [06] Livni party "Hatnua" Party
00 [02] Kadima
11 [11] Arab parties
Of course this poll is just taking into account the political parties in today's Knesset.  Every time we have new elections, new parties sprout up like weeds. And to be super honest, I don't see a party I'd vote for.
 

Actually, Lapid as Finance Minister, isn't doing all that well.  After campaigning to reduce the budget, he's now raising it.  Actually he had planned on increasing it much more but was taught that Israel would suffer in terms of its rating.
Following a downgrade to Israel's S&P credit rating Thursday night, Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Friday backed down on his proposal to raise the 2013 deficit target to 4.9% of GDP from its current 3%, agreeing to set it at 4.65% instead.
Arutz 7 reports something very troubling about Lapid and how he's functioning as Finance Minister.
 
"On Thursday it was reported that Lapid planned to increase the deficit target for 2013 to 4.9%. The move was met with anger because Lapid did not involve Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in his deliberations.
Lapid's decision surprised Bank of Israel head Stanley Fischer as well. Fischer reportedly first heard of the news on Thursday evening as he landed in the United States."
 
It would be better if Lapid was more a team player.  He's not supposed to be making such policy decisions on his own.  Of course this is my opinion, and not all Israelis seem to agree with me.

5 comments:

goyisherebbe said...

Lapid is a clear case of the victory of style over substance, a classic media guy turned politician. I would propose a moratorium of five years for both generals and media personalities before they can go into politics. They also have to learn the ropes from the bottom up. The next election may be different in the hareidi camp if Tov runs. They are sort of a remake of Poalei Agudat Yisrael, championing the realistic working hareidim. As more hareidim join the labor force, their votes should reflect this, and it will be healthy.

Batya said...

goyish, very good points
blog it! Nu...

Shy Guy said...

Goyishe, I would instead propose a moratorium on voters with below-minimum IQs being allowed to cast ballots.

Seriously, the problem is more the ignorant masses than this or that candidate.

Batya said...

That's right Shy. Democracy is the rule of idiots.

MAOZ said...

Apropos of Shy Guy, who was it who said, "Democracy doesn't guarantee good government; it only guarantees representative government"?