Netanyahu Not Going Quietly
Defeated but undaunted, Netanyahu called for an emergency meeting with extremist allies to try undermining the newly formed government before it’s sworn into office.
Separately he tweeted:
“(L)egislators elected by votes from the right must oppose this dangerous left-wing government (sic)” — aiming his venom largely at United Arab List (UAL), the first ever Palestinian party to be part of a ruling Knesset majority.
Israeli political analysts expect Netanyahu to try unraveling the newly agreed on government by picking off its “low-hanging fruit” — namely, coalition party members displeased about allying with UAL for a Knesset majority.
Netanyahu is especially dangerous because he’s “closer than ever” to being out of power, Israeli political scientist Gayil Talshir noted.
“Mr. Security” displays toughness to try showing he’s most qualified to protect Israel at a time when its only threats are invented.
His geopolitical mass deception strategy features a nonexistent Iranian threat.
Internally, he accelerated theft of Palestinian land for greater settlement expansion.
He waged preemptive war on Gaza last month to boost his chance of retaining power.
Obama earlier slammed him, saying his “vision of himself as the chief defender of the Jewish people against calamity allowed him to justify almost anything that would keep him in power.”
On Thursday, Haaretz reported that he and hard right allies “intensified pressure” on party members of the newly agreed on coalition government “in a last-ditch bid” to block it from unseating him, adding:
Likudniks “demonstrate(d) outside the homes of Yamina’s Ayelet Shaked, second on the party’s election slate, and Nir Orbach, who has expressed reservations about supporting his party’s chosen course.”
Shin Bet warned of orchestrated incitement against Shaked, Lapid and Bennett.
At this time, the 8-party opposition bloc has a razor-thin one-seat Knesset majority.
If one of its party members defects to Netanyahu-led Likud, the bloc will need support from a non-allied lawmaker to maintain majority control.
On Wednesday, Likud whip Miki Zohar called on Yamina party member Orbach and Silman to “save the day” by defecting.
“If they make this decision, it will bring about the support of hundreds of thousands of Israelis who will appreciate their heroism,” he tweeted, adding:
“If it were up to me, I would be happy to have such heroes with us in Likud.”
Silman said opponents of the newly agreed on government are harassing and threatening her.
Yamina’s Matan Kahana said members of his party are “under tremendous pressure” to defect, stressing:
“It’s everywhere. Social media, phone calls, protests outside homes – to the point of crossing some red lines.”
“Some lawmakers feel their children are being threatened.”
Netanyahu and his allies are “stirring the pot” to try undermining the newly agreed on government.
Whether he’s replaced or manages to retain power will likely be decided next week or the following one.
Either way, he’ll long be remembered as a polarizing figure on trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust with more than enough damning evidence for conviction on all counts.
While his Likud party won more seats than others, it gained only 25% support.
Most Israelis want Netanyahu replaced.
In the coming days it’ll be known if he holds onto power or if his reign of terror ended.
If replaced, he’ll be a constant thorn in the side of the newly formed government.
Disrupting it will likely to be his top priority to try regaining what he lost by forcing another election.
If convicted ahead on charges against him, he’ll likely face prison time and be disempowered permanently.
My two Wall Street books are timely reading:
“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”
“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”