that the whole world despite their vast differences unite when it comes to a common hatred of especially Religious Jews. Lapid, Livni, and Yachimovich have such a common hatred yet they did not form a unity party to run, since they are almost 99% like minded. Bibi tried to emulate the malicious of Obama in his campaign strategy, except Obama is dealing with such a low-intelligence voter base, they fell for it, Israelis did not.
4. I can't get Israel's sclerosis of politics
Musical chairs, no attachment to voters once elected, inconsistent messages,personal interests before the Nation's, shameless blackmail, relying on and aiding non friends, I won't then perhaps I will go in... an interfering president,
Sick, sick, sick.
5. 3 Paul - It wouldn't be so strange if...
you'd learn the difference between religious -- moderate Orthodox -- in contrast to the Jewish Inquisition of the European Medieval Ultra-Orthodox zomboids. The insane have been running the asylum. Israeli middle has spoken: no more!
6. Religious Jews
I don't think either Tsipi Livni, nor Yair Lapid nor Shelly Yachimovich hate religious jews. The issue is more one of how much religion one is willing to put up with in the public space. I for one don't like the influence of any Christian faith or community in public. The standard is set by the French Republic and by the Republic of Turkey (Kemalism).
San Jose, Costa Rica
7. Nothing strange at all, #3 Paul
Lapid made a special point of saying he does not hate the religious, he only expects the Hareidim to share the burden, the same as he expects his own son to do. He doesn't hate his own son. What is strange is why you believe that refusal to fund the hareidi lifestyle constitutes hatred.
8. Bibi Antics The Prime Reason Likud Lost
Everyone the entire world over is tired of his asinine and bellicose behaviour. Obama and his administration loathe the man. The good thing in all of this is that with four more years of Bibi hopefully the back of the Israeli Lobby in the USA will be broken. I'm saving a bottle of fine sherry to celebrate that day.
World Citizen ,
9. equal share of burden?
Does that mean that the seculars will now have to learn Gemora? Does that mean the Arabs will have to come to minyanim? What does equal mean to you? It is an ambiguous term that is basically I am going to ram my agenda down your throat!
Dont worry Larry ..it only seems strange to you because you don't live here...we all know what it means so no problem
11. No.8,keep on salivating...for nothing!
12. Israel needs Lapid, like I need a 3rd
13. Yair Lapid should be our next Prime
Minister and Bibi our Foreign Minister.
14. Lapid's party stands for nothing & will soon be gone.
Yesh Atid is the Shinnui of today. It stands for nothing notable and will soon be gone.
15. Lapid's agenda
He should condition two issues to be part of the new government:
1. Negotiations with the Palestinians with the withdrawal from most of Judea and Samaria
2 Conscription for all, including Arabs
keren, IL-BR ,
Bibi was flying with two wings but landed with one wing and became a lame duck. It is time to make peace and move on.
17. @15 Lapid did not run on either of your points
He's put internal issues before Palestinians, knowing full well that the Palestinians have got to come to the table we have set long ago.
He's never, as far as I know, included Arabs in his "equal share of the burden".
18. Get rid of your blindness
Jews are known of being smart and entrepreneur long before the Zionism movement existed.It is about time that Israel abide by the international law and behave as a UN responsible member.The US support can't last for ever and Israel's limited resources and capacity would make it ,one day, very vulnerable and vincible.So the Israeli leadership must cease the actual opportunities of being recognized by the neighbors and living in peace with them. A National coalition government with a peace agenda would solve the region's problems and 1)help the US to regain its credibility and influence among the Arab Word 2)solve its economic problems 3) weaken the extremism in the region 4) end that vicious circle of tension and wars 5) end the poverty of the region's peoples.And many other benefits of a peace deal for the whole world.
I hope to see all kinds of nationalism that leads inevitably to racism vanish and disappear.
19. Lapid has potential still to the PM
This equal share of the burden was an election gimmick and it is not and should not be considered the priority for government.
We are actually at a potential stalemate.
Bibi will want the religious as well as Lapid to strengthen his power base so he isn't relying heavily on any single party and Lapid should remember that before he starts acting like the PM.
A coalition of Likud, Habayit Hayehudi, Shas, UTJ and Kadima would give Bibi exactly 61 seat minority to form a government.
If Lapid doesn't like that all he needs to do is form a leftist block meaning that unless he turned to an arab party Bibi would not be able to get minimum number creating a stalemate where neither can form a government.
Lapid also has another option if he has dreams of being the next PM all he needs is this leftist block + the religious. He won't like working with the religious but the prize would be he was PM and once appointed PM he would try get Bibi who will now have accepted defeat join the Lapid led coalition and then drop the religious.
Lapid knows Peres would be on his side so they might even discuss this little arrangement.
Peace with the Palestinians is an internal issue and very important for the future of Israel. Never forget the world, at present, is against what Israel is doing in the occupied lands and never underestimate what EU is going to do in March if negotiations with the Palestinians is still blocked.
21. # 17 to Rebecca
Agendas change after elections. Negotiations with the Palestinians is crucial to save money from the budget to strengthen the middle class sector, which should include the Arab sector. Arabs are citizens, collect taxes, bring money to the State. If Lapid really want to make a difference he will target these two issues.
Keren IL-BR ,
Not negotiating with the Palestinians is an important internal issue and it is very important for Israel's future. EU determines In March what to do if negatiations between Israel and the Palestinians are not resumed.
23. #9, equal means do to the army and then go to work
24. #3 Paul, Your intelligence is not visible.
I tried hard reading your comment and find anything of intelligence in it. Sliha, ata lo over et ha'minimum.
25. # 3 Lapid ran on ONE ISSUE
EQUAL SHARE OF THE BURDEN.
Since when is that against the values of Judaism?
means you'll have to go to the Army and (OMG) get a job