Posts Tagged ‘Elections’
[added 10 June] Interestingly Middeno is reporting:
10, June, 09
Despite losing the elections due to the non-proportionate electoral system, the Lebanese opposition won the popular vote by a large margin. From 1,495,000 votes casted 815,000 voted for the opposition while only 680,000 voted for the government parties of the 14 march coalition in a difference of almost 10 percent in favor of the opposition.
[added 10 June]
2 Israelis ‘voted in Lebanese elections’
Israel has long neglected the UN and world opinion, now any facade has disappeared.
Jews the world over fought hard to get the Soviets to release the Jews. At first most of them wanted to go to the USA and Europe. But there was pressure exerted to make visas difficult, so they found themselves making aliyah to Israel.
Now they form the backbone of the far right party led by Lieberman.
The following exerpt is from the mass circulation left leaning Ynetnews and it seems to have conceded to reality. The reality of the rights popularity.
There is something blissful about the growing support for Avigdor Lieberman’s party, Yisrael Beiteinu. There is something appropriate about it. Something right. Something we deserve. Because we can no longer deny that Lieberman is the State of Israel’s most accurate depiction.
This is exactly what Israel looks like. These are its values, its voice, and its hopes.
A Lieberman state does not deserve to have a well-groomed, polite, coherent and false face. It needs to get the face it deserves. To look just the way it is. Just the way we are. Because evil, just like justice, must be seen, not only be done.
Ian Smith led Rhodesia with seeming disregard for what the world thought. This unilateral attitude survived more than ten years. A predicted right wing win will likely produce another Ian Smith approach.
And sanctions (if any) don’t and won’t do much !
Google results for’Ian Smith Rhodesia’:
Ian Smith was not corrupt nor was he a megalomaniac. However whilst Ian Smith acted in what he thought were the best interests of then Rhodesia he made some …
Israel’s moving right! With or without Labor; Kadima etc.
The electorate hates Arabs
They are voting Likud or Lieberman.
No removal of settlers or settlements. Not that there has been any anyway.
More wars – just like the recent ones – where the most killed are civilians. Absolutely no consideration for historical forces at work. Or consideration for a forming alignment as an enemy (Russia, Turkey, China etc). Or concern for a weakening ally – the USA. Just more racist hawkism.
Last update – 19:00 08/02/2009
Elections 2009 / Netanyahu: I’ll keep the Golan Israeli, Jerusalem undivided
By Haaretz Service
Prime Ministerial candidate Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said only a government led by his Likud party could ensure that the Golan Heights will remain in Israeli hands and that Jerusalem will not be divided.
By Gideon Levy
…Rabbi Meir Kahane can rest in peace: His doctrine has won. Twenty years after his Knesset list was disqualified and 18 years after he was murdered, Kahanism has become legitimate in public discourse. If there is something that typifies Israel’s current murky, hollow election campaign, which ends the day after tomorrow, it is the transformation of racism and nationalism into accepted values.
If Kahane were alive and running for the 18th Knesset, not only would his list not be banned, it would win many votes, as Yisrael Beiteinu is expected to do. The prohibited has become permitted, the ostracized is now accepted, the destestable has become the talented – that’s the slippery slope down which Israeli society has skidded over the past two decades.
There’s no need to refer to Haaretz’s startling revelation that Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman was a member of Kahane’s Kach party in his youth: This campaign’s dark horse was and is a Kahanist. The differences between Kach and Yisrael Beiteinu are minuscule,…
Now the instigator of the new Israeli racism will apparently become the leader of a large party once again in the government. Benjamin Netanyahu has already pledged that Lieberman will be an “important minister” in his government. …
Kahane was ostracized; Lieberman is a welcome guest in every living room and television studio. Imagine: Ehud Barak does not rule out a coalition with him;…
Lieberman and his soldiers are borne on the tides of hatred for Arabs, hatred of democracy and the rule of law, and the stink of nationalism, racism and bloodthirstiness…
Lieberman is the voice of the mob, and the mob craves hatred, vengeance and bloodshed. A useless war in which hundreds of children were killed was received here sympathetically, if not happily. … –more–
Bibi vows to halt ‘pouring’ rocket attacks
Sun, 08 Feb 2009 15:06:29 GMT
Netanyahu says there would be no rocket attack from Gaza under his government.
Front-runner Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to stop ‘the rocket attacks’ from the Gaza Strip should he win Israel’s upcoming elections.
“Under my government, there will no longer be […] rockets that can one day reach Tel Aviv,” said Netanyahu on Sunday. …
The government’s failure in the 23-day war against Hamas – the democratically-elected government in Gaza – has dramatically increased Netanyahu’s chances to take the February 10 vote.
The latest opinion polls suggest that right-wing Likud Party would win the elections, followed by the ruling Kadima Party and right wing Yisrael Beitenu.
This is while opinion polls show that at least 20 percent of Israeli voters remain undecided as the political parties remain indecisive over key issues including the future of West Bank and the security challenges Tel Aviv faces.–more–
Not understanding Israeli politics it seems surprising that Meretz, a leftist (separate religion from state) party will support Livni. This is what Hizbollahs Web site is saying:
Netanyahu Poised to Return as Israel’s PM
The only lawmakers certain to back Livni will be her own party’s MKs and those of Meretz.
Israel Beiteinu MK David Rotem, who is close to party chairman Avigdor Lieberman, said his faction would recommend that either Netanyahu or Lieberman himself form the next government. –more–
Johann Hari: The nightmare of Netanyahu returns
This is the man calling for the re-occupation of Gaza to ‘liquidate’ its elected government
Friday, 6 February 2009
Israel is about to make a misjudgement as disastrous – and deadly – as the attack on Gaza. In a few days, it looks as if it could elect Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister once again.
This is a man calling for the violent re-occupation of Gaza to “liquidate” its elected government. This is a man who says he will “naturally grow” the West Bank settlements. This is a man who says he will “never” negotiate over Jerusalem, or the Golan Heights, or control of the West Bank water supply.
This is a man who says establishing a Palestinian state would leave Israel with, “an existential threat and a public relations nightmare reminiscent of 1938 Czechoslovakia”. This is a man who Yitzhak Rabin’s widow said helped create a climate of hate that led to his murder. –more–
There has been a rotten run on so called ‘likable’ leaders, Blair, Bush etc ….
Update: Adding Uri Avnery Gush Shalom, the article gives an overview of all the parties in the election:
… FOR ME, the greatest evil is Binyamin (“Bibi”) Netanyahu.
If he gets one vote more than his rivals, the President will entrust him with the task of setting up the next government. Netanyahu has already committed himself to inviting Avigdor Liberman, the pupil of the fascist Meir Kahane, as his first partner, as well as Shas, which has now become an extreme right-wing party. Perhaps he will also take in the “National Union”, which is even more extreme, and the remnants of the National Religious party, together with the Orthodox.
If this is to be the core of the next coalition, we shall have an extreme nationalist-racist government, a government that will reject outright any possibility of ending the occupation, setting up a Palestinian state and evacuating the settlements.
After that, Netanyahu could invite Kadima and Labor, but that would not matter anymore. Since he will be able to set up a government without them, he will get them for next to nothing. In such a government, their only function will be to serve as fig leaves, camouflage for the Americans.
One must also remember who would come with Netanyahu: types like Limor Livnat, Benny Begin and Bogie Yaalon….
Fascism has become a serious player in the Israeli public domain. The three main parties have now legitimized it. This phenomenon must be stopped before it is too late. –more–
From Tony karon’s blog, a senior editor at TIME.com:
Perhaps Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory in next weekend’s Israeli election will provide what George W. Bush liked to call a “moment of clarity”, by making it unmistakably clear that Israel’s leaders are not, in any meaningful sense, a “partner” for a credible two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Then again, you’re more likely to hear more wishful spin about how Bibi, precisely because he’s so hawkish, is a better bet for making peace — which sort of dodges the inconvenient truth that Bibi has no intention of doing so.) […]
“Bibi” has made clear that he won’t be bound by any undertakings given by his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The basis of his government, Bibi says, will be no sharing of Jerusalem, and no return to the 1967 borders: ie, a rejection of the Arab Peace Plan praised last week by President Barack Obama, and of the generally accepted terms of a two-state solution. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river,” says the Likud election literature party platform. “The Palestinians can run their lives freely in the framework of self-rule, but not as an independent and sovereign state.[…]
For the Likud leader, there’s no possibility of a final status agreement; instead, he offers to cooperate with Abbas to help him build up the Palestinian economy in the fenced-in enclaves to which Israel’s settlements and their vastly expansive security infrastructure have confined the Palestinians. “Economic peace,” it’s called — forget about your rights to your land, just get on with turning your little Bantustan into a Semitic Singapore…
Playing for fear.
That’s what Bush did, it was Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
And none of it worked.
Why do people succumb to the fear factor? It must be profitable…
The Palestinians lot got worse when Bibi was last in power, the radicalisation began, now more of the same, and with the backing of the electorate.
Such an electorate might be better described as the Fed’s henchmen, it is from this category that people are picked to enrich / enforce capitalism.
And it is an Iran allied with Russia and China, and an Israel that is losing the West.
Last update – 00:14 01/01/2009
Elections 2009 / Netanyahu: Iran won’t get its hands on nuclear weapons
By The Associated Press
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s leading candidate for prime minister, said Saturday that Iran will not be armed with a nuclear weapon.
In an interview with Channel 2 TV, Netanyahu said if elected prime minister his first mission will be to thwart the Iranian nuclear threat. Netanyahu, the current opposition leader and head of the Likud party, called Iran the greatest danger to Israel and to all humanity.
Israeli Right Set to Win Elections on Back of War
Polls Show Likud Poised to Form Right-Far Right Coalition
Posted January 23, 2009
Israel’s 22-day war in the Gaza Strip may have saved the Labor Party of Defense Minister Ehud Barak from the indignity of falling to single-digit representation in the Knesset in next month’s elections, but recent polls suggest it has also assured that the next coalition government will have no need of Labor as a partner.
Indeed, the biggest winners in the post-war polls were not the leftist Labor Party but the right wing opposition, who cheered the popular war on and lamented its ending. And while before the Gaza flareup the ruling Kadima Party and the rival Likud Party were virtually neck-and-neck, Likud now seems to be coasting to an easy victory. –more–
Israeli right set to win elections on back of Gaza war
JERUSALEM (AFP) – Rightwing opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu looks set to profit from Israel’s military assault on the Gaza Strip, stretching his lead in the polls for the February 10 elections.
The Likud party chairman totally opposes an Israeli withdrawal from Arab territories occupied since 1967 and is campaigning on a platform of security for Israelis. […]
The government stands accused of stopping the operation too soon when it could have wiped out Hamas and totally stopped rocket fire on southern Israel. The far-right Israel Beitenou has proved particularly successful with this theme and is rising strongly in the polls.
Yoel Hasson, head of Kadima’s parliamentary group warned Friday: “A Netanyahu victory would bring extremists to power and such a government could only have terrible relations with the United States.”
Yet Netanyahu remains the clear favourite to lead the next government but he would prefer to front a national unity coalition rather than have to rely on far-right parties. –more–
Israelis are crying out they can conduct their own war crimes investigations.
Gaddafi is calling for a one state solution.
They’re the headlines I remember from today’s israeli press before my phone credit vanished.
And the blockade continues. As does the bewilderment of the continuing Gazan tunnels.
Change is beckoning. The leaders are accustomed to guiding their people primarily through the media. And the people trust their rulers, they have till now felt the rulers knew best. They grew up knowing their country was born from the ashes of the holocaust. It is a highly structured disciplined society, everyone has been through the military. Everyone sacrifices for the state.
There’s a minority who look at kadima Labour and Likud with despair. The majority not. Bush has gone and there seems to have been a last push to satisfy the Neocons.
It is all pretty dire. This post is a shaggy dog story, just like the inertia Israel finds itself in. No way through, no goal in sight. Totally governed by a need for security. All decisions are based on security considerations, all necessary because of an unjust philosophy.
A child never forgets its parents. A subject never forgets his or her country. But looking at Israeli policies you could be forgiven for thinking they feel it is fragile.
What about the logistics? 1/ Tunnels, 2/ One or Two states, 3/Hegemony,
Bibi in charge of the Likud which is well known for its pro settlement policy, and generally being on the right. And he is tipped to win.
This is a segment of an opinion piece on the Likud’s members in yesterdays Haaretz, given enough votes these people will be in parliament or the government:
But it is not just Feiglin.
The man who smashed in the skulls of two bound, unarmed teen-terrorists with stones and iron rods was Ehud Yatom; he is a murderer of prisoners.
And those who oppose any diplomatic negotiations, like Benny Begin and Moshe Ya’alon, are warmongers. How is it possible to call Begin, the son, “a democrat,” as is the custom for some reason to call him, while he proposes to perpetuate a situation in which 3.5 million of his country’s inhabitants do not have basic civil rights?
Livni in charge of Kadima which means progressive in Hebrew, slightly left of the Likud. This is what she said yesterday:
“Once a Palestinian state is established, I can come to the Palestinian citizens, whom we call Israeli Arabs, and say to them ‘you are citizens with equal rights, but the national solution for you is elsewhere,'” Livni was quoted by Army Radio as saying to students at a Tel Aviv high school.