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Lapid says 'no' to obstructive bloc
Yoav Zitun, Tzvika Brot
Published: 23.01.13, 20:20
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1. Results are clear?
Gopra Me'ir ,   USA   (01.23.13)
In a 60-60 election? Lapid prepping for his role as Mr. Fig Leaf.
2. Excellent news! Likud-Lapid-Bennett.
Jake   (01.23.13)
Let Tipsy, Yaklumovich, and loony-lefties stew in their own juice.
3. the election
Simon   (01.23.13)
What should happen is that a goverment of national unity is formed taking in the moderate left centre and right. Excluding extremists is what the people of Israel have voted for. Then call the worlds bluff , The USA, the EU and the arab world and challenge them all to come to the peace table. start challenging the worlds negative perceptions about Israel.
4. Apparently, even Lapid thinks Zoabi is a flippin' pariah
Noodles ,   Coney Island   (01.23.13)
5. Bibi take Lapid & religious dont take shelly
zionist forever   (01.23.13)
Netanyahu needs to invite the religious as well as Bennet, Lapid & Livni and Mofaz. A coalition of those parties will give him 70 seats and it will mean that he can't be blackmailed by either Lapid threatening to create a leftist block because the religious & Mofaz will make sure that doesn't happen. It also means he can't be blackmailed by the religious because if they threaten to quit he still has Lapid. Seventy seats means no single party can bring him down but he still has control. If shelly wants to flip flop on her earlier promise not to join a coalition led by Bibi it would give the left because add her to the picture and the left control of 43 out of a coalition of 85. Better to leave her break the bank economics in opposition with the loonies from Meretz and the traitors like Tibi & Zouabi.
6. It could be worse
Matt   (01.23.13)
All the former major parties are going the same way. Likud is going the same way as Kadima and Labor. What has hurt them is some votes have gone to Likud in recent years and people have not voted. If Likud had not done the deal with Lieberman they would be in a position to form government. So Lieberman and Bennett have taken Likud votes. Lapid another new party got the centralist and those more to the left excited enough to come out and vote this year. If Likud has stood on a single ticket they would have gone the same way as Kadima and Labour. But they will continue to lose votes to the far right. and end up as a junior party in future governments.
7. Clearly he will be doing Obamas bidding
Al   (01.23.13)
Obama bankrolled him and so he will work for him. Nothing more than a traitor and the people of Israel as usual are too dumb to see it.
8. Lapid says " No" to obstructive bloc
Joe S. ,   Toronto, Canada   (01.23.13)
No matter what form the Goverment takes let's hope they remember the domestic agenda needs immediate and constructive action. Affordable housing doesn't just mean a less expensive abode. For the elderly & poor it means not having to choose between whether buying food or medicine takes precedence in any given month. MKs should forgo any salary increase until domestic issues improve. LOL.
9. Lapid has already rejected the far left
Cipora Julianna Kohn ,   Z   (01.23.13)
it is very sad that what used to be the great labour party has descended into an insignificant, parochial party with no vision or sense of responsibility. ben gurion would turn over in his grave to hear shelley yacimovich talk such nonsense. hopefully, lapid and his party will be a responsible and mature junior partner in a netanyahu government.
10. yair lapid
Jacques ,   nsw   (01.24.13)
who has voted for yair will find in time a big disappointment - regardless of his charisma and slogans and the bravado he is portraying in the eyes of his electorates, when reality check in and people come down to earth he will be exposed as the rest of previous politicians another one who cant deliver. unfortunately the new generation of leaders in Israel are no match as the old ones once Israel had. and now israel is in need for a real one which yet to be invented
11. The results were not 60-60
Chaim Ben Kahan ,   Efrat, Israel   (01.24.13)
Yesh Atid is a right wing party. It is not Left wing. Yesh Atid's platform believes in leaving Settlements in Judea and Samaria intact, supports a united Jerusalem, opposes right of return of Arab settlers and basically supports the same view that Bibi has outlined at the UN. In short Yesh Atid has more in common with Likud then with Labor, Meretz and Balad. Kadima (whatever is left of it) is also center right and supports what Bibi has stated as well. So the results were 81-39 in reality, if you consider that now a days that those who support a united Jerusalem are considered to be right wing.
12. Remember what happened to Tommy?
Shalom Hartman   (01.24.13)
Israel has a habit of "earth shattering" elections where new parties jump into the limelight, then fizzle away next time around. Anyone remember Shinui? Gil? Kadima???
13. #5 - zionist forever
Ariel ,   Modi'in, Israel   (01.24.13)
Maths is definitely not one of your strengths. Or is it logic that you are lacking? Even with a coalition of 70 mandates Bibi could be brought down by Lapid alone.... How do you figure out that he couldn't be brought down by Lapid??
14. Labour ought show patriotism
Zechariah   (01.24.13)
Shelley ought resign and let fifteen mandates go with Likud to weaken the extreme right. The Arabs won't accept any peace plan the Jews offer anyway and the Arab spring has gone Feral.The Palestinians ought to be convinced its safer in a relatively fair democracy supported by the USA for all its faults the better of the atrocious.
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