By Ted Belman
The Times of Israel has published a very detailed poll by a very experienced pollster. It shows a totally different race than what we are believing in.
31% of the voters are undecided and according to him leaning to labour. Most polls distribute the undecideds on a pro rata basis to get the race as we understand it. But if you distribute them based on leanings the result is entirely different.
By Barry Rubin. JPost
There’s been a strange phenomenon building in the past few weeks that’s been puzzling me. But I’ve just figured it out. Various people – there are many examples so you can insert your own – have been writing that Israel is making some big mistake. It is losing support, especially liberal and American Jewish support, they explain, because of the way it’s been behaving.
What’s puzzling about this is that nothing has actually happened to imply that any great opportunity is being missed that might justify this attitude. There has been no recent turn toward peace by the Palestinian Authority; no great new idea promising a breakthrough; no change in personalities that offers some shocking new opportunity.
(Israel Government Press Office)
Ma’ariv notes the difficulties in moving or evacuating even a fairly small settlement outpost and asks: “Could someone stand up today and evacuate Imanuel, Kiryat Arba, Karnei Shomron, Beit-El, Ofra, Shilo or Alon Moreh?” The author avers: “No Israeli prime minister could deal with such an evacuation,” not even one from the center-left, and concludes: “The situation is irreversible and how.”
Yediot Aharonot condemns last week’s incident in which a young woman was attacked by a group of ultra-orthodox yeshiva students over her presumed sexual identity. The author says that “The conduct of her assailants shows that they did not act according to the laws of the Torah,” and adds: “They acted as they did in spite of their education, not because of it.” (Read more…)
Is Bayit Hayehudi extremist at its core? I don’t believe that their intention to annex Area C is at all extremist though Leibler thinks so:
Yet if Bayit Yehudi pursues its stated annexation objectives, it may undermine a moderate nationalist government and lose an historic opportunity to restore religious Zionism as the dominant religious force in Israeli society.
After the elections, the new government will confront unprecedented pressures, from the United States, Europe and the broader global community.
[Netanyahu's actions have left him exposed to attacks from the right. Bennett is taking dead aim and landing blow after blow. Ted Belman]
Habayit Hayehudi chairman says government needs to make a switch in its counter-terrorism policy and seek decisive blows rather than containment
Shiri Hadar, ynet
Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett said Sunday that all political parties, including the Likud-Beiteinu, should sign a paper “pledging never to evict Jews from their homes.”
Speaking to students in Kiryat Ono, Bennett was asked whether he was willing to sign a paper saying he will evacuate Jewish settlements if given such orders and replied, “I never operate under pressure or under threats.”
Bennett criticized the Netanyahu government’s security policy. “We need to make the switch from resigning with terror – a policy that saw the south under a rocket barrage. It is a weak and dangerous policy because it encourages terror.
“The IDF cannot lose one campaign after the other. The IDF needs to make decisive blows and it can. We have the capacity to defeat terror.” (Read more…)
As opposed to many senior Likud MKs, the former foreign minister doesn’t want one state — he wants ‘maximal separation’
When Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman said Sunday that the two-state solution would remain the government’s blueprint
to solve the conflict with the Palestinians, it seemed that he positioned himself to the left of many senior Likud lawmakers, who last week declared their steadfast opposition to a Palestinian state.
But Liberman’s vision of a “two-state solution” is a far cry from the more common understanding of the term. (Read more…)