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5:29 PM In the twilight of the current Kadima-led government, Tzippi Livni and Ehud Barak
Only 3 people from the government voted against: Yuli Tamir (Labor), Ronni Bar On (Kadima) and Yaakov Edri (Kadima). Tamir, the Minister of Education stated: For 650 Millions NIS, I could have refurbished every single school in Israel...this investment is unworthy, especially during these [turbulent] financial times."
The "only we help the lower class" Shas party, also voted in favor of this expenditure.
5:08 PM Not sure who to vote for?
"If you too have always been a "floating voter" because you grew up in a family in which your father believes in transfer for Israeli Arabs, and your mother beats our "occupying" soldiers at West Bank roadblocks...or even if this isn't the case, but you still never managed to figure our how prior to election day each leader offers a unique way of their own...till right after they are elected and they make all sorts of crazy deals with eachother so they all end up with the the same political ideaology...See all the electoral leadership morphs, here.
If you too got the from "Israeli Electoral Compass Software" an output suggesting you vote ultra-right "Yisrael Beiteinu" and the anti Zionist party "Raam Taal" at the same time, this this is the website for you..."
4:43 PM At the request of a commenter, here is an initial list of proposed laws that would help women, that Tzippi Livni voted against over the past 5 years:
- Expanded Alimony Law, June 2004
- Additional Grant for women who gave birth, yet needed to be hospitalized longer, Dec 2004
- Extended Maternity Leave for hospitalized women, Jan 2005
- Tax recognition for child care expenses for working mothers, Apr 2008
- Increasing social welfare retirement benefits for single mothers, Jul 2008
4:25 PM Lebanese sources report that "Israel raises its state of alert along the border with Lebanon"
2:41 PM Sorry for the delays -- network problems. At 1:50 PM a Rocket landed in the Ashkelon area as well.
10:49 AM We received the following letter:
Dear Israeli Voter,
Here's something to take note of. A recent Haaretz article quotes a UNRWA director referring to "the occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip." Notice that the Gaza Strip is described as "occupied".
In fact, all UN bodies continue to refer to the Gaza Strip as occupied.
Hopefully you will recall that the MKs of Kadima, Labour, and Meretz promised us that Disengagement would convince the world that Israel is no longer responsible for over a million Gazan Arabs, and that the occupation of Gaza is over. Yet here we are over three years later, and this promise has proven as empty as all the other promises made at the time (e.g. improved security, no soldiers dying in Gaza, better relations with the PA, a weakened Hamas, etc.). For the most part, these are the very same MK's who marketed the 1993 Olso Accords using similar arguments for empowering the Fatah terrorist organization.
The time has come for the Israeli electorate to punish the consistently poor political vision of the Kadima, Labour, and Meretz MKs.
But for many of you, to do so may mean swallowing a bitter pill, for the only MK's who have consistently been correct in their assessment of the value of empowering Fatah have been those in the rightwing parties. Fortunately, as there is currently an array of rightwing parties to suit the religious/anti-religious leanings of every voter, there is no reason to stay home on election day. I know it will be painful for some, but aren't we supposed to be prepared to make painful concessions for peace?
I believe every Israeli should exercise their right to vote. But I beg you, dear fellow Israeli voter, if you do vote, please don't hire the same architects whose political edifices keep collapsing.
Be'er Sheva, Israel
7:10 AM BOOM. Details to follow soon.
Sha'ar Ha'Negev. No injuries. Several cars damaged. (Rocket fell)
Saturday evening. 3 Jerusalem Arabs stab lost American Hebrew University student in the face.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד