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Time: Israel Election “Dashes All Hope”

From the one time (albeit a long time ago) news magazine, Time:

Israel’s Election Dashes Hopes for Peace

By Tim McGirk / Jerusalem Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

Israel’s elections on Tuesday ended in a near draw, with the two front runners — centrist Kadima party leader Tzipi Livni and hawkish Likud chief Benjamin Netanyahu — each claiming victory. With nearly all votes counted, Livni’s party won 28 Knesset seats, and Netanyahu’s 27 seats, both falling well short of a majority in the 120-seat Knesset.

The result could be the worst possible outcome for Israel, guaranteeing weeks of political turmoil ahead, and stalling any attempts by U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration to restart Middle East peace talks. Whoever comes to power in Israel is likely to be tugged in different directions by combative coalition partners. In the past, smaller parties have held governments of both the right and the left hostage to their narrow, self-serving agendas. (See pictures of heartbreak in the Middle East.)

As the single largest party, Kadima will try to approach President Shimon Peres next week for permission to form what Livni calls "a national unity government that would be founded on the large parties in Israel from both Kadima’s left and right." It is a logical option. But Livni lacks support among the other parties. For starters, she needs to coax Netanyahu to join her. The two parties actually share many of the same policies and ideologies — Kadima broke away from Likud and drifted to the center — and, in theory, their combined strength could usher in a solid, center-right government. But the mutual antagonism of both leaders makes an accommodation all but impossible. Netanyahu, for example, refused to debate with her in public and both rivals launched smear attacks against each other.

Netanyahu, a former Prime Minister, insists that he should be Israel’s next premier, not Livni. He may be right. Political analysts say the Likud leader stands a far better chance of stitching together a right-wing coalition with the smaller, religious groups and with Yisrael Beitenu, a nationalist, anti-Arab party that was the surprise in these elections. At the last poll, in 2006, Yisrael Beitenu won just 11 seats. Yesterday it won 15, knocking the venerable Labor party, which picked up 13 seats, into fourth place.

With Kadima and Likud both far short of a majority in the Knesset, Yisrael Beitenu’s controversial leader, Avigdor Lieberman, has emerged as the key power broker. Speaking to his party supporters at midnight as votes were being tallied, Lieberman indicated that his natural inclination is to side with Netanyahu. "We want a right-wing government," he said flatly. Lieberman also took a swing at the outgoing Kadima-led government for entering into Egyptian-brokered cease-fire talks with Gaza’s Islamic militants, Hamas. "We will not have direct or indirect negotiations with Hamas nor a cease-fire," he said, adding that he would join any government that had as its objective "the defeat of Hamas".

Political commentators and pollsters say that Israelis shifted back to the right out of dissatisfaction over the failure of peace talks with the Palestinians and a lingering sense that the Gaza war ended too soon, without crushing Hamas militants or ending their rocket fire into southern Israel.

The rightward tilt is a blow to President Obama’s hopes that a new Israeli government might be willing to make peace with the Palestinians and various Arab neighbors. Netanyahu and Lieberman are pushing for the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, which Palestinians say is a main obstacle to peace, and are adamant that Israel should hang onto the Golan Heights seized from Syria in the 1967 war. Both Netanyahu and Lieberman also say that the army ought to return to Gaza and wipe out Hamas. During the campaign, Netanyahu said, "There will be no alternative but to bring down the regime of Hamas, a terrorist organization pledged to our destruction. Ultimately, Israel cannot tolerate an Iranian base right next to its cities."

Once again, it’s all Israeli’s fault. Where do they get off holding elections, anyway?

But doing anything that might be seen as standing in the way of Mr. Obama’s wishes is their real crime. What chutzpah.

(Of course they have a long history of denying the Messiah.)

By the way, note that this article is from Mr. Tim McGirk. The man who invented the ‘Haditha massacre.’

Why Mr. McGirk is still allow to practice “journalism” is beyond us.

Just know that you shouldn’t believe anything in any of his pieces that you don’t see verified elsewhere.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Time: Israel Election “Dashes All Hope””

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    So what’s good for Israel is bad for Obama? Interesting that they don’t see the irony in that. What’s next? “California Slides In Pacific. Whitehouse Sees Opportunity”

  2. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    The Libs will never accept the fact that Israel is a sovereign nation answerable to no one. And can anyone find it in print, or audio, Israel calling for the destruction of its Arab neighbors? All these Israeli efforts at extending the olive branch to their antagonists have brought them nothing but contempt and violence. Not to mention international scorn because Israel exercises their right of self defense. So what’s good for Israel is bad for Obama? Well too bad Mister President. As for Time magazine, I don’t read it anymore because I got tired of all the negativism, gloom and doom, and groveling apologies they speak to the world just because they’re Americans.

  3. Right of the People says:

    “The rightward tilt is a blow to President Obama’s hopes that a new Israeli government might be willing to make peace with the Palestinians and various Arab neighbors. The result could be the worst possible outcome for Israel, guaranteeing weeks of political turmoil ahead, and stalling any attempts by U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration to restart Middle East peace talks.”

    OMG, it might impact Obamy’s ability to be a savior? Those inconsiderate bahhhstards! I find it hard to believe the Israelis had the gall to hold elections to determine the future of their nation without taking His Oneness’ feelings and needs into consideration. The next four years are going to be a real trying time. Lock and load, the revolution’s coming.

    10-7

  4. JohnMG says:

    …..”Why Mr. McGirk is still allow to practice “journalism” is beyond us……”

    In a sense you’ve answered your own question. He’s NOT a journalist. He’s still practicing. And the way he’s carried on in the past, he’ll never make the grade. Which is really pathetic, considering the current class of chattering chimps laying claim to the profession.

    Maybe prostitution isn’t the oldest profession though it does bear a striking resemblance to journalism in its current manifestation.

  5. Confucius says:

    I’m glad for them.

    Isn’t it interesting that many countries (like Canada, France and Germany) appointed more conservative leaders while we did the opposite?

    I thought we were supposed to be more like everyone else.


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