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Yachimovich: I won't join Netanyahu's coalition     Moran Azulay
1. Pathetic leadership
She should have declared ALL her true intentions from the bebinning. I got pissed off with her opportunistic behavour and now have no intention of voting for her. Enough with the zig zagging.
Yoram ,   Tiberias, TelAviv   (01.03.13)
2. Good plan, Shelly, you can sit with Zoabi
in the opposition. Israel needs a strong government to stand up to the United Nothings, to defend Israel from within ("palestinian" terror) and without (Iran) and to prepare for the annexation of Judah and Samaria. You and Labor just don't seem to fit in anywhere, but at least, unlike Shas, you stand up for your principles, at least before the elections.
A ,   Belgium   (01.03.13)
3. In Other Words: "You can't fire me. I quit!"
There wasn't a snowball's chance in hell that the Likud would want her in the coalition anyway.
Yishai Kohen ,   YeShA, Israel   (01.03.13)
4. Shelly again proves she doesn't have what it takes to be PM
Her political experience so far is six years as an ordinary MK and one year as party leader. She has neither been even a junior minister or an MK thats part of a serving coalition. Now she is saying that even if invited into the coalition where I could gain both experience needed to one day be a PM and have a say in policy making. If she is worried about the social economic conditions she believes Netanyahu will create why not join the coalition and try stop it? She shows she is no better than all the single issue parties that exist to join coalitions in order to gain influence in policy making not because the country as a whole is their priority. Shelly is showing that she is willing to sacrifice the countries best interests to avoid compromising on her personal values. Ah well I have a feeling Labor will be looking for a new leader in the not to distant future.
zionist forever   (01.03.13)
5. Yachimovich is delusional
Yachimovich is delusional, what makes here think she will cross the threshold let alone get to be one of the largest parties in the next Knesset? Labor, like Kadima, were gutted by their former leaders in the last Knesset and have not shown any signs of getting back to their old strength. She will be lucky if she is large enough to get into the opposition.
Eric ,   Tel Aviv & NY   (01.03.13)
6. Politics is about compromise. Opposition = wasted vote
Being in the opposition means you can't influence government decisions. Your seats, bought with hundreds of thousands of votes are thrown to the nearest trash bin. The argument that the government is extremist and doesn't fit your perspective is retarded. Politics is about compromise, and the Labor is voted by people who want to make a difference and want a more moderate voice. If Labor is in the government the Haredim can be kicked out. The leeching will stop, and the government will be more moderate with a force like Labor, and we will have a very stable government without the leeching of small parties. We'll be able to correct all the haredim laws in one government mandate. Sheli is throwing it all away and stabbing the voters in the back.
Avi   (01.03.13)
7. Netanyahu's fig leaves
Now we just need Livni and Lapid to follow suit and there will be no cover-up for the ugly nakedness of the Israeli right-wing. Hopefully, the world will intervene, forcing a solution on both us and the Palestinians, thus saving us from ourselves.
Michael ,   Haifa   (01.03.13)
8. yukimovich - she stands for nothing & will achieve even less
The Israeli Labor Party is a political corpse that is animated into motion by the power and money of the Leftists Tsfoni Elites.
Boris Mann ,   The Real World   (01.03.13)
9. In this country democracy works by working together .
Parties have a say by being a necessary part of the coalition. Opposition in this country is nothing. It cannot influence government policy and cannot support it's voters. Coalition partners might not get to be leaders, or to always have their own way, but they do get their way on some of their main issues. Shelly obviously just wants to sit in the gallery and throw peanuts.
Jrebecca ,   modiin   (01.03.13)
10. Nobody wants Labor in the government.
Shelly need not worry. Nobody wants Labor in the government. It is a declining party of the past that will be missed by virtually nobody when it fades away.
Chaim ,   Israel   (01.03.13)
11. I agree with her
She has made the correct decision. Netanyahu is leading this country toward one State which will end up with an Arab majority. He is a dangerous man. My vote will go to Shelly
Rod ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (01.03.13)
12. # 3
Really? Yeh, right........... Netanyahu will come grovelling to her on all fours when he sees what he's up against on the other side.
Mike Carmel ,   Rishon le Zion   (01.03.13)
13. opposition leader/copycat
Sounds like Livni . So what's the difference between them?
Mel ,   Ra'anana   (01.03.13)
14. #13
You know, I am easily confused and sometimes I have trouble matching up the correct socks - even though I don't own any color other than black and they are all the same mfr :-) - I agree with your statment and these guys are confusing me even more. Yachimovich, Lapid & Livni all seem to be the same self serving person at this point.
yosef ,   williamsburg US   (01.03.13)
15. Still Ideologically Possible
If the social gap can be radically closed a Demilitirized nojihadi No FatahBa'ath State a confederation with Jordan with The King moderating the Palestinians and support from many states economically Resticted Settlement expansion Labor in theory ought enter a coalition.Otherwise Labor will be the Opposition.
Zechariah   (01.03.13)
16. Can anyone hoest;y say far left Shelly would make a good PM?
It has absolutely nothing to do with her gender, but her far-left political agenda which she is trying to hide.
Scott ,   Ramat Gan, Israel   (01.03.13)
17. #7. Thankfully, the lunatic left is falling fast.
You want the hostile U.N. to "force a solution" on Israel. The same U.N. that passed a resolution equating Zionism to racism. Your position is worse than despicable. Thank heavens, the lunatic left which you embody, is falling fast.
Chaim ,   Israel   (01.03.13)
18. LOL #9 I just love it!
Moragh   (01.03.13)
19. Shelly, you have made my day! Thanks
The thought of Shelly as PM turns my stomach, but the realization that she will never come near the top makes me so happy. Shelly, you don't have a chance to be PM all you have is a big mouth with nothing to give the people.
Larry ,   Los Angeles   (01.03.13)
20. She reminds me of Livni -both
strike me as political idiots. If Shelly was sincere in wanting to make a difference whe would join next gov't to effect government reform such as direct representation of MK members, assist with expanding and expediting new housing and industry, improving education,health, mass transportation and many other shared issues. Instead she will sit in back seat throwing impotent spit balls. If Washington, jefferson, John Adams, james Madison, Ben Franklin etc had been like her there would be no USA.
Jefferson ,   USA   (01.03.13)
21. Whatever on earth ....
... would make her think that Prime Minister Netanyahu would WANT her in a coalition?
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (01.03.13)
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