Maybe I'm crazy, or it's a bit of political "burnout," but I must admit that I really don't care which parties are in Bibi's government coalition. He's just going to do what he wants, and G-d will stir as He wills it. I did my bit to vote for the party with the candidates I wanted to see in the Knesset, but they didn't get in. My blog posts didn't help, certainly not enough.
As much as I enjoy a good political campaign, pre-election period, this long, leak-filled, innuendo flooded, media sabotaged coalition ultra-marathon has become worse than a bore. When the "negotiations" are double-guessed by the media, we've passed the point of absurdity. It's hard to distinguish between fact, fiction, guess-work and wishful thinking.
Arlene Kushner, as usual, has a much more intelligent way of explaining what's going on and why we should be worried.
Nothing concrete to report yet on the coalition, as, again, there are mostly rumors. Based on what I'm reading, however, I confess to a great unease that Lapid sees himself as a reformer upon whom formation of the coalition depends -- and who thus can, with his demands for entry into that coalition, instantaneously restructure much of Israeli society. Whether he's right or wrong on specific issues, I fear a heavy-handed audacity that is only going to tear the society apart.
And too much of what should be the coalition negotiations are being ki'ilu, sort of conducted "in public" by the media. We keep hearing politicians, possible cabinet members being
Yesh Atid's Yair Lapid keeps his facebook followers updated. No, I'm not one of his friends.
Lapid is reportedly demanding the Foreign Ministry, but Netanyahu has reserved the post for faction Number 2 Avigdor Liberman, who stepped down from the post late last year to fight fraud and breach of trust charges. On Wednesday, the attorney general said it was legal for Netanyahu to hold the ministry for an indicted MK.
On Wednesday Likud sources told Army Radio that Lapid was “obsessing” about becoming foreign minister, “which isn’t going to happen,” that LikudLapid, who is also demanding a smaller Cabinet and that the ultra-Orthodox be drafted into national service, said on Facebook that the talk about ministerial posts was beside the point.
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It doesn't really matter who's elected and who is Minister of whatever. Sorry for the cynicism, but that's what is going through my mind right now.