U.S. Senator Marco Rubio reaches for a water bottle along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu.
“Tzipi Livni became Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s first official coalition partner on Tuesday after the two former rivals reached an agreement over outstanding governmental issues for the upcoming Knesset.
“Livni will be Israel’s next justice minister, while her party’s number three, Amir Peretz, will be the environmental protection minister. In addition, a member of Livni’s party will chair an unspecified Knesset committee.”
Likud-Beiteinu youth celebrate the election results as Israel’s number one party, despite the disappointing results as exit polls currently show.
(Courtesy of the Jerusalem Post.)
“The unity deal which brought Kadima into Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s coalition was criticized by the leftist parties in the Knesset and led to protests against MK Shaul Mofaz. Despite all this, however, a new poll shows that the move seems to have played in Netanyahu’s favor. Not only that, the poll also found that Netanyahu continues to be the leading candidate were elections to be held in the near future. The poll found that 43 percent of the Israeli public believes Netanyahu is best suited to serve as Prime Minister. Mofaz, Netanyahu’s newest coalition partner, came in last with only five percent of respondents thinking he would be suited to serve as Prime Minister.”
Bibi oft compares the Iranian threat of 2012 to 1948 and the Shoah. Is an analogy to 1967 more appropriate? Recent political maneuvers seems to say yes.
“Habayit Hayehudi (The Jewish Home) intends to run on a joint list with the National Union in the next election in an attempt to unite all the religious-Zionist parties to the right of the Likud. Officials in Habayit Hayehudi and the National Union see Netanyahu’s steps against the settlers in Likud as an opportunity to return Judea and Samaria residents who left their parties for the Likud ahead of the last election.”
While the difference is about 1% between the “popularity” of the two leaders, I still think it’s quite interesting (or perhaps fun) to see.