It’s been tough trying to figure out which party I hate the least and am therefore going to vote for but fortunately Shelly Yachimovich has just made it a tad easier. Thanks to her announcement in a press conference earlier little Shelly announced to whoever was listening that “there are two options: Either the Labor party, with me as it’s head, will form the government, or we will head the opposition” Well I am happy, overwhelmed even, finally an Israeli politician taking a concrete stance on something and in the public domain, blinding!
Even more fun was Yair Lapid’s reaction, he said “Shelly Yachimovich is in the midst of a hysterical fit. Today she has erased any chance of forming a non-messianic government that would stop funnelling billions into yeshivas and lone outposts.” As far as I was concerned this was excellent news, now there actually seemed to be something separating the two. I now know where the Centre ends and the Left begins and everything fell into place…for about 10 minutes.
I don’t know what happened for a couple of hours there but Lapid now agrees with Shelly and also isn’t going to move into a coalition government that includes Likud-Beiteinu. His exact words were; “To all who have asked, we will not be a fifth wheel in a government comprising Shas and the extreme right,” Well news flash Yair, everyone’s asking because what you said earlier no longer makes any sense. Please can Rabbi Lipman come along and provide what politicians refer to as a ‘clarification’ as to why it is that little old Shelly is so crazy?
Sadly this tiny little spat is the most interesting thing to happen in the election campaign since the whole country had a collective heart attack from intense lack of surprise when it was revealed that Liberman was being indicted for corruption and fraud. Let’s not hold our breath until he actually gets some form of punishment he may well be innocent of said crimes…ahem.
So unfortunately those of us still looking to figure out the difference between the Centre and the Left are still left scratching our heads and wondering what on earth it is and who ever heard of a political party called ‘The Movement’ anyway? Sounds like a polite way of saying you need to go….vote.