Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Front Runner: Tzippi Livni

With Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's chances of political survival diminishing by the hour, the White House Staff has reportedly been instructed by President Bush and Condoleeza Rice to treat Israel's Foreign Minister Tzippi Livni as Olmert's replacement. (Scoop here in Hebrew)

This doesn't bode well for Israel.

My esteemed blogging colleague, Likud analyst par-excellence Professor Ben Chorin has said of Livni, "Tzippi Livni -- whose utter lack of charm, grace and charisma is occasionally mistaken for intelligence..."

Adding more credence to Olmert's demise, PA head Muhammad Abbas believes that the negotiations with Olmert are going to end up having been a "big waste of time". (YNET)

I'll drink to that.


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11 comments:

Kae Gregory said...

Wow. I'm sure glad that's settled. Sure wouldn't want to inconvenience the Israelis with having to vote or anything.

Batya said...

kae, Israeli elections are for lists, not leaders.

jameel, considering that Olmert has been surviving on his smarts and tsippi doesn't have any. Unless like Forrest Gump, she'll slide by on her dumbs...

Anonymous said...

Jameel - Being a reader in the diaspora I'm not as familiar with Israeli politicians as you are. I know you hate Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni. But I've never quite understood this: Who would you prefer as Prime Minister of Israel? Seriously.

/Yochanan

YMedad said...

Talking about Tzippi as a front runner is demeaning macho talk.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Yochana: Please check back next week for an answer to your question about Prime Ministers.

Pioneering Over Four Epochs said...

Speaking of elections, did any of you read, see or hear about the Baha'i election in Haifa, 28 April to 2 May 2008? There were over 1000 delegates from all over the world in this 10th international and democractic election. There were no nomination procedings, no electioneering, no promotional gimmickry and manipulation by processes associated with money and media pressures. Very interesting: quiet, unobtrusive...a sign of things to come on this planet....I trust...in the long term....I trust...Ron Price, Tasmania

Rowan Berkeley said...

I am so sick of the temporising nonsense that Kadima politicians are forced to peddle for their own survival that I would actually prefer some frank right-wingers, a la Jabotinsky - but just as Jabotinsky was among the first to realise that Britain was a broken reed, and look elsewhere for support, I think that the USA is a broken reed, and there will not be another imperialist power after the USA to act as sugar daddy. Israel will have to learn the art of balancing regional and global powers off against one another, instead of being the bond-servant of one imperial power after another. I would like to help with this, but not only am I not Jewish, I am not conventionally religious, so as things stand I can't 'convert.' It's very frustrating, really. Perhaps, Jameel, we could exchange a few ideas via email. My address is on my blog, scroll down a bit to see it in the right-hand column. Or you could leave me a message there. Anyway, I need someone Jewish and Israeli to talk to, instead of just watching Jewish Israeli shadows on the wall all the time.

hesh said...

At least she isn't bad looking.

Rowan Berkeley said...

I like the mystic mudras she keeps doing with her hands.

Rowan Berkeley said...

here we are, I knew I had one:
http://niqnaq.wordpress.com/2008/04/22/tzipi-livni-cats-cradle/
it also has a link to where it was originally cached by YNet.

Neshama said...

Well, why should she be different from America's famous female?

Condi Rice whose charm, grace and charisma IS mistaken for intelligence...

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