Is Netanyahu free to form whatever government he wants.
By Ted Belman
Israelis voted 65 mandates for the Right Block and 44 mandates for he Left Bloc excluding the Arab parties. Netanyahu has been asked to form a government. Is he entitled to ignore the voter’s desire for a government on the right as opposed to a centrist government otherwise known as a unity government?
Feiglin thinks not. He calls a Unity Government a “bullet to democracy’s head”
Likud dark-horse Moshe Feiglin on Sunday slammed party Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu’s calls to Kadima and the Labor Party to join him in a unity government, describing the move as fatal to the democratic process. “It is perfectly clear to me that what Netanyahu is most afraid of is actually fulfilling the voters’ choice for a right-wing government,” said Feiglin, whose Jewish Leadership Movement was maneuvered off the party’s Knesset roster.
“This is a grave matter. I find that the entire concept of a unity government to be equivalent to a bullet to democracy’s head.” He said that such a process circumvented the popular will: “We have never seen a unity government in the United States and the only time the United Kingdom had one was during World War II. A unity government is like a business cartel, and in the business world, you go to jail for that.”
“For some reason, cartels are allowed in the world of ideologies and they call them ‘unity.’ The big parties join forces and render the market forces null and void. The fact the people are willing to sterilize democracy is very grave.” He noted that something comparable would have been unthinkable if Kadima had the ability to form a left-of-center bloc: “I keep asking myself, what would have happened if (Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi) Livni would have been able to generate a 65-mandate majority. Would she be courting Netanyahu?”
“The Right has a problem: On one hand – it has an absolute majority, but on the other hand, its ruling party doesn’t want to be synonymous with the Right. These elections have seen the Right win and the Likud lose. This way,” he added, “even if Netanyahu is able to have Livni join his government, it would be a short-lived one and it would mean dispensing with the rightist parties, which currently give him the basis to negotiate with Kadima. This entire thing is very flimsy.”
On the other hand, Netanyahu was tasked with forming the government and not the Right Block. But still Israelis voted for certain policies and Netanyahu would be betraying not only their desire but also the endorsement they gave him to get Peres’ nod.