PM Netanyahu, with all the good he has done for the country, who seemed invincible, has lost and has lost it. Not everything he touches turns to gold anymore. Worst thing: he and his party don’t know it yet. Let’s return briefly to when the downfall started.
After he got into a fight with Defense Minister Lieberman, the latter quit and Netanyahu was left with a coalition of 61. He didn’t need to call for elections. He still had the majority of seats. But as so often, he had his eyes on an opportunity to receive a larger base for his government. He called for unnecessary early elections.
There was big hype over that he won. Actually, a competing centrist party almost won — it was a narrow escape. But after all negotiations were over and done with, without Lieberman, he was down to 60 seats for a coalition. But … now he’s dreaming of new success.
He’s going to invite the New Right to join the Likud that will become then even larger. And also Kulanu. But it’s all treading water. Kulanu is already inside the 60. And the New Right, he gobbled up by his campaign against small rightwing parties just days before the last elections. He could even unite with the Hareidi parties. He’ll still end up with 60 seats.
If anything, Lieberman’s party will only grow from the voters appreciating him for standing by his principles. The more the media and other politicians trash him, the more support he’ll get. And so, the right will end up with even less than 60 seats not counting him in.
Bibi gave us TWO unnecessary elections in 2019. Costs: one billion shekels. (It’s not a one-billion loss to the economy. It’s money to be spent here. But it’s a bite out of the national budget that we’d have loved to spend differently. There should be a law that nothing made for an election can be thrown away until the next one. All the printed paper and cartons.)
There is clearly no future anymore for the ultra-right and ultra-religious parties in the administration. There’s only one way left, a centrist government without all the extremes.
I don’t know how many elections it would take. I don’t know if Bibi can head such a centrist government because his attempt to do so three hours before the deadline blundered. I don’t know if first the Likud needs to split into a centrist and a rightwing fraction. But inevitably, we’re heading for a centrist government.
I just hope that that doesn’t mean that we’d go through another deadly “peace process” because of it. Because peace will only come when the Arab Nation gives up on Jew-hatred in exchange for prosperity. It’s their turn after our Land for Peace has so utterly failed. Let’s suggest their Hatred for Cash. (For that, we don’t need to give up on anything because the money won’t be ours. Prosperity for everyone will simply come from not investing in hatred anymore.)
Let’s pray for peace.