Will Benjamin Netanyahu manage to hold the Zionist camp together?
It has been a summer of unprecedented political surprises and turmoil in Israel.
The situation is only becoming more volatile as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nears his long-time goal of breaking apart the opposition Kadima Party, currently the largest Knesset faction.
Netanyahu is presumably still irked by the creation of Kadima in 2005 by Ariel Sharon, the former leader and one of the founders of Netanyahu’s own Likud Party. Kadima is made up of former members of the Likud and the left-wing Labor Party, and has therefore been seen by both sides as disrupting the traditional balance of political power in Israel.
But it appears Netanyahu is just days away from remedying that perceived problem, which reports indicating that at least seven Kadima members of Knesset will defect and return to Likud by this time next week. At least seven Kadima members must agree to leave together. Any fewer would require the MKs to remain with their current party.
Netanyahu reportedly offered cabinet positions to several of the defectors, while Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz accused the prime minister of “the lowest kind of political bribery.
Source: Messianic Magazine, Israel Today
There are off course taboos in Israeli politics too.
Kadima was formed based on a split in the Zionist camp, in regards to Gaza. The mainstream Likud party members warned in 2005 against the plan to destroy Jewish property in Gaza.
The former Party president Ariel Sharon did not listen to any warnings. He both ordered the destruction of Jewish property in Gaza, and split the Likud party.
Even today, the Kadima leadership wants to see the Likud party split into two, and probably see the whole coalition government fall into pieces. Such a downfall of parties who support Zionism, can equally become the downfall of the whole state of Israel.
The former “offers” to the enemies of the Jewish homeland to abandon Judea and Samaria, and make it “Judenein” has failed.
Also the offers of dividing Jerusalem have been rejected by the Arabs, who saw the Jewish offer as a sign of weakness. Yasser Arafat miscalculated the situation, refused to take the offer, and opted for the destruction of the whole state of Israel through a campaign of “total Jihad”, also called the second Intifada.
Why should the state of Israel ever repeat the same mistakes all over again?
Written by Ivar