Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Somebody from Kadima Might Want to Check with Lieberman Before Getting All Lovey Dovey

From the Dumb Things Spokespersons Say Dept. (two separate articles on the Jpost front page):


'Lieberman not really in rightist bloc'


Hoping to entice Avigdor Lieberman's Israel Beiteinu away from the right-wing bloc and harm Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu's chances of forming a coalition, a Kadima official told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday that Israel Beiteinu was more of a natural partner than Likud, and that Lieberman's party was "not really in the right-wing bloc."


Lieberman: I prefer rightist coalition



"We've turned into a significant party, the third largest in Israel," Lieberman said. "It's true that Tzipi Livni won a surprise victory. But what is more important is that the right-wing camp won a clear majority... We want a right-wing government. That's our wish and we don't hide it."


Yes, but apparently Kadima would like to dress him up otherwise.



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15 comments:

Lurker said...

Yes, but apparently Kadima would like to dress him up otherwise.

Indeed. Tzipi is probably offering him a bunch of plum ministries, with the caveat that he show up to cabinet meetings wearing chic little round glasses and an earring in one ear... :-)

Rafi Goldmeier said...

it won't be too difficult. He is only definitely in the right wing camp on security issues. On many social issues, he might even be considered in the left. If Livni can give him a good job, he might be willing to compromise on the security in order to promote his secular marriage and other agendas....

Lurker said...

RG: If Livni can give him a good job, he might be willing to compromise on the security in order to promote his secular marriage and other agendas....

Highly unlikely. The security issues are Lieberman's top priorities, not the other stuff. Just listen to his speech last night: He spoke extensively about his security demands, and not even a single word about civil marriage.

Commenter Abbi said...

Also, how does Yvette fit into Livini's insistence that only she would get along with Obama? Somehow, his patina of right-wing nationalism doesn't really match with Obama's "let's sit down and talk this out" stance.

Sam Abrahms said...

If Lieberman gets a good offer, he will sit with Kadima - no doubt about it. Most his barking was to round up votes from racists that have an unatural fear of the arab citizens of Israel. Bring on Tzipi !

bluke said...

Livni can't offer Lieberman anything at all. They clearly disagree on security issues and even with Lieberman she needs at least 1 religious party (Shas or UTJ) and they will never agree to civil marriage or election reform. So what exactly can she offer?

Jehoshaphat said...

Why not? After all, we all know that
Lieberman is our Obama
. Isn't he?

Aaron K. said...

If the media can paint Likud as hard line Right, then Kadima can describe Lieberman as not being Right.

Neshama said...

Rain is Bracha

Comrade Tovya said...

Ironically, the leftists have falsely painted Lieberman to be the neo-Meir Kahane, and those same people are saying he's "not really right-wing".

Does that even make any sense?

shaun.spain said...

of course it make sense, leftists can do whatever they want in Israel, the media, the supreme court, et al... they are all their bitches

bluke said...

Liebermans best option by far is a government of Likud, Kadima, and Yisroel Beitenu with Netanyahu as PM. He gets everything he wants, civil marriages, election reform and with Bibi as PM and Yaalon as Defense Minister he doesn't look soft on defense. He just needs to convince Tzipi :)

aschoichet said...

What bluke said. Without the haredim and without the Likud Livni can only get a coalition of 59 with Lieberman. Haredim won't join if Livni offers Lieberman civil marriages.

Netanyahu is the next prime minister. It's a done deal. He can form a coalition with or without Labor, even without Labor and UTJ he has 60. How long can the media keep pretending that Kadima has a chance to form a coalition? It's surreal, as though they are refusing to comprehend the numbers.

Anonymous said...

FROM CAROL HERMAN

I'll bet that Bibi is the next prime minister. And, I'll also bet that Ehud Barak stays on as Defense Minister. Meaning? Labor won't be near Kadima. Though Livni will win points as a "woman of principle."

And, the next time there are elections?

Sorry, I don't do "predictions." But I do see that Effi Eitem managed to keep one seat. But that one seat is in better shape than Meretz. Now, IF Kadima is the "new Labor" it's going to be the first time a "woman of principle" has ever held such a slot.

Am I the only one who thinks Ehud Barak travels with Bibi?

Lurker said...

Carol Herman: Though Livni will win points as a "woman of principle."

"Woman of principle"? I suppose, if you're referring to her "principle" of looking out for her personal self-interest while selling the country down the tubes.

CH: But I do see that Effi Eitem managed to keep one seat.

Effi Eitam did not run in these elections. He does not have any seats.

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