No breakthrough in Likud-Habayit Hayehudi talks
Moran Azulay
Published: 22.02.13, 19:24
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1. Stick to your guns, Naftali...let Bibi sweat it out
Noodles ,   Coney Island   (02.22.13)
2. get lost Bennett. Nobody needs you
sam ,   Kfar saba   (02.22.13)
3. Inexperienced
Shalom ,   Jerusalem,Israel   (02.22.13)
Lapid, Bennett and Yacimovitch think that by forcing new elections they can get even more Knesset seats. Heaven help us if they succeed because then three big parties will be led by people who have no experience of either parliament or government. Just as the Pals start a new round of trouble. Livni had enough experience to realize that to achieve anything she had to stop speaking arrogant nonsense. They should learn the same lesson. Join the coalition, learn how run a ministry, how to function in the Knesset, and then after four years you might be equipped for the top seat. Right now you are not.
4. Israelis wants Haredim to Serve, don't want Livni
Chaim Ben Kahan ,   Efrat, Israel   (02.22.13)
BIbi should respect this. I understand what Bennet and Lapid are doing. They want to destroy the alliance between Likud and the religious so they can bring down the government and attempt to seize power. Bibi must not fall for this trick, on the other hand it's time for Haredim to serve, this has been a thorn in the side of patriotic Israelis for way too long.
5. no government
dan ,   dc   (02.22.13)
if bennett does not join, lapid will not join. that leaves likud without options for a government.
6. Bennet is behaving like a Trojan horse
Cipora Julianna Kohn ,   Z   (02.22.13)
it is obvious that bennet wants to bring down the prime minister and damage likud irrevocably. bennet might accomplish all this, but as a result, he will damage the jewish state of israel essentially at a time of unprecedented crises.
7. Lapid wants another election
zionist forever   (02.23.13)
Bibi has about 2 weeks left to form a coalition but if he can't then Peres will call for another election and so far Lapid hasn't budged even 1 inch and Bennet is standing firm behind him. Its probably why he is also making new excuses not to join now like the appointment of Livni in a coalition he refuses to join. Lapid probably thinks whilst he is riding high in popularity a snap election in which he can promote which the secular public love so much. As there has been no real politics between elections so he has a good chance at winning. May also create a precedent where parties force new elections as a common tactic. Governments are formed by parties doing deals so tactics are essential.
8. Coalition
Jake ,   Haifa   (02.23.13)
What a clear majority of Israelis want is Likud, Jewish Home, Yesh Atid and even Kadima and Livni in - that is a center right coalition that will do what people generally want. 1) Not evacuate settlements for no reason 2) keep the economy strong 3) engage in talks (which everyone knows will go nowhere) with the Palestinians 4) draft the Haredi 5) take care of defense including Iran 6) restore Jewish values to the education system. The only thing preventing this are the Haredi. They are the only ones that do not care about anything, not the economy, not the settlements, not defense, not the non-Haredi schools - but only the Yeshivas - and what they want on the Yeshivas is opposite of what everyone else wants. Shouldn't Bibi recognize this and dump the Haredi? Of course if they agree to a solution on the draft, fine, bring them in. But they do not. It is they who are causing the whole issue and Bibi's fault for wanting them.
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