Monday, November 03, 2008

Mr. Clean Returns to the Likud

While Foreign Minister Tzippi Livni claims to have a monopoly on being the "Mrs Clean" of Israeli politics, Bibi Netanyahu has managed to embrace the ubiquitous Mr. Clean of the Israeli political landscape, Benny Beigin -- and he is re-joining the Likud for the upcoming Knesset elections.

A right winger of upstanding character, Mr. Begin is one of those rare politicians whose idealogy drives their poltical decsions.

Bibi is certainly stacking the Likud with hopeful MKs who trounce all other parties; Former IDF Commander-in-Chief Moshe "Bogey" Yaalon, Former IDF spokesperson, Miri Regev, and now Benny Beigin. Even Effy Eitam from the Mafdal/National Union party wants to run for the Likud list.

I'm sure Tzipi Livni isn't thrilled by this turn of events. (Why Jewish Agency chairman Zeev Bielski wants to join Kadima is beyond me)

Her Kadima party currently includes:

PM Ehud Olmert is currently under 7 different criminal investigations!

MK Tzachi HaNegbi (indicted, awaiting trial for fraud and breach of trust for allegedly making 69 inappropriate political appointments while serving as environment minister between 2001 and 2003)

MK Yaakov Edri (police recommend indictment for breach of trust and accepting a bribe, awaiting special hearing)

MK Eli Aflalo (under police investigation for bribery)

MK Ruchama Avraham (under police investigation for bribery)

MK Chaim Ramon (convicted sexual predator -- sexual harassment)

Former Finance Minister, MK Avraham Hirschson (indicted for breach of trust, aggravated fraud, theft and money laundering) and past MK Omri Sharon, convicted criminal of fraud and breech of public trust.

Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד


SuperRaizy said...

Love the "Absolut" graphic-did you do that?

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Raizy: Wish I could take credit...but it wasn't me. I got it so many times by email, I don't even know who to give the credit to.

Anonymous said...

i think that one of the reasons kadima STILL has a significant amount of support is the "one of us" reasoning. for so many in israel, unfortunately, the ultimate motive for nearly anything in life is how to make sure they will not turn out to be "frayers." kadima politicians have shown that they are the same.

only real solution i see is from the bottom up - education to respect rule of law and recognize participation in community --> fewer parties that would fit in nicely in zimbabwe.

Anonymous said...

Begin will get the core back to likud and it also will work best for moshe feiglin. You can accuse moshe of attempting to hiack likud, but begin you cant.

On the other hand, faced between begin and moshe, most of those that would have voted moshe in likud central cmte vs bibi would now vote begin.

Gila said...

Oh...wait....if I vote Likud, and Begin, does that mean I am stuck with Moshe Feiglin as well?

Damn. Better rethink my strategy.

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