Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Likud Just in Front of Old Age Pensioners Party!

Israel's Likud fall from grace (BBC).

Allow me, for once, a good dollop of schadenfreude, regarding Likud's dismal election result: few politicians used to make my blood boil more than arch-conservative, political opportunist Binyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu. If Kadima didn't do quite as overwhelmingly well as expected, then Likud did even worse than anticipated and rolled in in fifth position, four seats ahead of Gil, a single-issue group advocating a better deal for old age pensioners.


For once, the Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu appeared lost for words.

The former Israeli prime minister's eyes darted through the convention centre as he stood in front of supporters and a small army of cameramen and photographers.

The once mighty Likud Party, the dominant force in Israeli politics for almost 30 years, had fallen to its knees.

"We have no doubt the Likud has suffered a tough blow," Mr Netanyahu told the crowd.


Binyamin Netanyahu's future is under question

One elderly woman, dressed in a black trouser suit, stood in the centre of the hall crying and dabbing her eyes with a tissue.

"I'm in a state of shock," said Yoram Eytan, 47, a campaign volunteer standing outside the circular hall drawing on a cigarette, his right hand visibly shaking.

"Right now, Likud supporters are trying to wake up from this bad dream. But from tomorrow, the knives will be out."

In fact, a brutal and unsparing political autopsy was almost immediately under way.

"This election result has sent us back 40 years," said Likud campaign manager Danny Danon, not trying to hide his disappointment.


After leaving the rally, Mr Netanyahu was holed up in the Likud headquarters at the Jabotinsky building in central Tel Aviv until the early hours of the morning.

Ariel Sharon became Likud Party leader in 2001

Between sips of whisky and puffs of his cherished cigars on the building's 14th floor, Mr Netanyahu was telling close associates that he was not going to quit, said one senior Likud official.

But privately, some Likud supporters were already saying he must go.

"He ruined the party," said one party official. Another accused Mr Netanyahu of arrogance.

Throughout this election campaign, Likud posters had featured a slim, younger Mr Netanyahu - a picture of the politician when he was prime minister from 1996 to 1999.

But after coming in fifth place on election day, it seems that Binyamin Netanyahu, like his poster, is a man of the past.

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4 Comments:

At 6:57 PM, Blogger Why Palestinians Usually Get It Wrong said...

Hey, it sure looks like you have have done a good job of censoring your blog. Nice job! Now, you have no one posting. How does it feel to lose so badly? Loser.

 
At 4:34 PM, Blogger Gert said...

If you're willing to make relevant comments and not just comment spam this blog with endless repeats of texts you've simply cut and pasted from somewhere else, I'll allow them, no problem.

But don't expect me to try and debate with you...

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger solitarioh2005 said...

The righteous Europeans.

In the past many seem obsessed wih the jews.
For them Jews were responsible for various crimes.
Today many are obsessed with Israel and the Zionist crimes.

In the past the problem was not the jews or the jewish minorities. The problem was inside those who harbour hostility towards the Jews.

The same was today the problem is not Israel or Israel policies.
The problem is the obsession of the world with Israel.

If the human rights were was was at stake..., why the european human rights activists not spend some their energy denouncing the crimes in Chechnya ?

But no.

The righteous europeans almost ignore the crimes in chechnya were 10% of the population already died and spend their energies denouncing Israel that actually had already withdraw from Gaza and the west bank palestinian population centers.

Such behaviour from the part of the europeans does not make sense , from the perspective of the human rights crusade.

But it does a lot of sense, if we look at the history of Europe.

Over and over again the jews have been the target of the european wrath.., and have suffered accordingly.

Most of the European Jews were exterminated or were forced to seek a shelter in palestine and the righteous europeans , turn their hostility towards the jews in palestine , towards the grandsons and grandaughter of those who who managed to escape the european Holocaust.

 
At 6:09 PM, Blogger Gert said...

"The problem is the obsession of the world with Israel."

Clearly you're not obsessed... What's the name of your blog again? Ah, yes: "evil-israel"...

"If the human rights were was was at stake..., why the european human rights activists not spend some their energy denouncing the crimes in Chechnya ?"

They do. Sorry if not ALL of us can address EVERY injustice in the world ALL the time. I'll have to leave that Herculean task to you...

"The righteous europeans almost ignore the crimes in chechnya were 10% of the population already died and spend their energies denouncing Israel that actually had already withdraw from Gaza and the west bank palestinian population centers."

Hello? Israel has already withdrawn from West Bank population centres? Do you really live in Portugal or on Planet Zog?

"Most of the European Jews were exterminated or were forced to seek a shelter in palestine and the righteous europeans , turn their hostility towards the jews in palestine , towards the grandsons and grandaughter of those who who managed to escape the european Holocaust."

You're beginning to sound like broken record. Where are these Europeans that "turn their hostility towards the jews in palestine , towards the grandsons and grandaughter of those who who managed to escape the european Holocaust"? SOME Europeans are critical of Israel's actions with regard to Palestine, as they are also rightfully condemning Palestinian-on-Israeli violence. That doesn't make them anti-Semitic in any sense, shape or form.

Let me ask you something. Who was responsible for centuries of Jewish persecution? Was it the Palestinians? No. Was it the Arabs? No. Was it Muslims? No. That crime, broadly speaking, was perpetrated by European Christians. So why punish a people who have nothing to do with the historical Jewish tragedy?

Justice can only be fair if it applies to all.

 

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