There's no such thing as a free lunch
Orly Azoulay
Published: 06.02.13, 11:40
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1. Bayit Yehudi In The Coalition To Stop Obama
Yishai Kohen ,   YeShA, Israel   (02.06.13)
Now more than ever it is a must.
2. La, la land, home of the Chelmers.
michael Pielet ,   israel   (02.06.13)
The margin was small, however the mandate for the Prime Minister to rule is clear. Israel will never cede control of Judea and Samaria. The left, is living in la la land, the land of denial. israel is going to cede control of Judea and Samaria enabling the arab terrorists under control of iran to takeover. in order to place Iran at the gates of Jerusalem and Gush Dan. For the leftist deniers it is not enough to have iran in Gaza and Lebanon, the need iran next door to north Tel Aviv, Ramat Aviiv. Israeli, la la land.
3. # 2
Algy ,   North Tel Aviv.   (02.06.13)
You sound a trifle miffed old chap!!!
4. Who "owns" Israel's security
Rhonda ,   Chicago, USA   (02.06.13)
I do not trust Obama with Israel's security. First, she is not his to protect. Second, I have yet to see Obama put the same pressures on the Palestinians as he does on Israel. Third, did anyone tell him that Achmadinajad is visiting Morsi in Egypt? The leader of the country we are sanctioning is in Egypt, the country we are giving F16s to. I like the article, I thought some good points were made but to the Israelis I say, "proceed with caution. Don't be charmed."
5. The right is losing ground and is still in denial.
Lefty ,   Carmiel, Israel   (02.06.13)
Likud+Bayit Hayehudi=43 seats. Bibi declared elections to strengthen his position, and only weakened it.
6. The Earthquake or the Peace
Unome ,   Eternal, City   (02.06.13)
Whats it gonna be Israel, we are trying to be nice and our Mercy has/is been this warning,,,,,,,,, we are on the Clock(HOUR),,,,,,,,,, Yeshua.
7. Calling all Chelmers.
michael Pielet ,   Israel   (02.06.13)
#2, you are the one that should be worried, miffed. You live in North Tel Aviv. I do not live in North Tel Avivi. I live in the real world, and not Chelm.
8. Left media dreams
Chris ,   Austria   (02.06.13)
It's absolutely clear that Obama wouldn't charm Israeli public. Netanyahu win election and 21 places of left show it. These people probably will happy to greet him. Arabs - Israeli citizens like him? I am not sure. He decided to improve his image after his support for Arab spring and it's horrible results.
9. Hey "righties"...
Michael ,   Haifa   (02.06.13)
....the writing has been on the wall for some time, but you guys (and gals) are blinded by your own arrogance. You will probably remain blind, but you will still know something is happening when you begin to sweat
10. Don't Trust Obama
Bill Stein ,   USA   (02.06.13)
If Israel is dumb enough to believe Obama and go against the rights of Israel and the Jewish people then Israel will no longer deserve to be a independent country. Most of the people voted right of center those that voted Lapid voted based on the economy not the peace process.
11. #5. Lefty, you're the one in denial.
Chaim ,   Israel   (02.06.13)
Add up the solid left seats and multiply them by two and you will get about the number of solid right seats in the Knesset.
12. Forming broad coalition is folly.
Steve Klein   (02.06.13)
Notice the people Obama is tapping to be part of his cabinet; all committed ideologues like Obama. Barack Obama is a political pro. Obama understands unity is the source of his strength. That is why Republicans cannot stand up to him. They capitulate time and again to Obama's demands. Republicans are not united around conservative principles the way Obama's administration is united around hard left principles. The Republican party Establishment seeks common ground with a dedicated ideologue with whom there is no common ground. Consequently, PM Netanyahu should form the strongest right-leaning ("land of Israel" / Zionist) coalition possible in order to stand up to Barack Obama.
13. # 7
Fisherman ,   South Tel Aviv   (02.06.13)
you are the Salmon that jumps on the hook.
14. Forget it already
iLan ,   NYC   (02.06.13)
Forget this mythical 2 State nonsense already. Let's move on to the real issues and real solutions. It is too late to go back to this "2 State" "solution". That is a solution to no end. In conclusion, build in all of Israel and let the politicians pick at each other afterwards.
15. Interesting interpretation
Danny   (02.06.13)
because the results clearly show Israelis care about internal social and economic problems and no one is rushing out to talk to the Palestinians.
16. He Can Only Make Things Worse
Reuven Brauner ,   Raanana, Israel   (02.06.13)
Mr. Obama will do nothing to resolve obstinate Arab refusal to accept Jewish sovereignty over the entire Land of Israel. That is ultimately the only operative solution we have. All other suggestions are designed to weaken Israel, and make it more vulnerable. Israel's future lies in its control and settlement of the entire Land of Israel, where Jews can live anywhere they want to. Peace with the Arabs will come when they recognize our right to this land.
17. Building of the Third Temple is the key to any agreement
Noodles ,   Coney Island   (02.06.13)
Other than that, Obama can continue to walk around with only his schlong in his hand.
18. #12. No lunatics seeking to trim Israel's waist to 9 miles..
Chaim ,   Israel   (02.06.13)
We can no longer allow those lunatics, who want to trim Israel's waist to 9 miles (15 minute tank ride) to sit in Israel's government. Their idiocy has already cost us untold thousands of maimed and murdered civilians. Oslo alone took thousands of innocent lives. Stop the insanity!
19. UN '67 borders coming to Israel with Obama, get used to it
Steve Benassi ,   Silver Bay, MN   (02.06.13)
20. Obummer willnever charm me
Wise Saba ,   Western Negev   (02.06.13)
I don't believe a word he says & don't want him polluting my country. He is our enemy, not our friend.
21. #19. Obama is America's problem.
Chaim ,   Israel   (02.06.13)
#19 Steve. You are living in Jew hating fantasy land. Obama is America's problem. We won't let him become Israel's problem. Our great, great, great, great great grandchildren will thrive in Judea and Samaria long after Obama has faded into a bitter memory.
22. Sure, Orly, and I have an airport to sell you in Paris.
Jake   (02.06.13)
The flagrant propaganda in this "article" is more thinly veiled than what one would expect to find on the pages of Pravda and Izvestiya. Try thinking outside the Oval Office, for a change.
23. Wishful thinking
Zev ,   Israel   (02.07.13)
At least this is in the opinion section. The facts do not support this writers wishful thinking.
24. Obama may be many things,
John Prophet   (02.07.13)
but he's not stupid, he's pro America and he's not afraid to pull the trigger. Witness the death of Bin Laden and the killings of Jihadist all over the Middle East using drones! He's coming to Israel to set the stage for ending Iran's push for atomics. Obama tried to reset relations in his first term with Iran and others, only to be ignored by the mad Mullahs, who mistook his attempts as weakness.  Obama the warrior is coming to Israel, and Iran will pay the price for its insolence.
25. USA prints fiat money and enforces its use.
JMK ,   NYC   (02.07.13)
Just ask Kaddafi, Free lunch, America practically invented the term. But I know how you Israelis love to beat Israel over the head with American propaganda.
26. #24, LOL, sounds very Hollywoody!
Jake   (02.07.13)
Looks like a good script for a Hollywood blockbuster trailer . Maybe you can find a producer to tempt Obama to do a reverse Schwartzenegger: quit politics and do action movies.
27. Please Obama deliver first money & arms
Jamal Ha druzi ,   Jat   (02.07.13)
Do not believe one second the grotesque pledge of Ms Azoulay: Obam will give Israel the kiss of death : Let me embrace you so strongly that I will choke you-or in other words do sign here unilateral evacuation back to pre-67 lines.Otherwise no more credit, no more arms.That's exactly what Obama-Abbas-Europe have in store.So how big suckers the israeli poublic will be ?
28. Obama will unify
Phil N ,   Wheeling, IL, USA   (02.07.13)
When those wavering on joining the Netanyahu led coalition hear what Obama's ideas on peace are (more accurately his ideas on surrender), they will quickly join with Bibi in presenting a unified front.
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