Early Elections May Help Netanyahu Get Rid of Barak (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 04/29/12)
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If Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu calls early elections, Ehud
Barak, a thorn in the coalition’s official backing of Judea and
Samaria, could be left out in the cold.
The trigger for possible elections later this year is the movement
for changing the military draft system, whose critics have targeted
exemptions or shorter terms of service for young men studying Torah.
The Prime Minister said Sunday he backs military service for all Jews
and civilian service of Arabs,
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with leaders of the “suckers’
rally” that has staged a week-long demonstration opposite his office.
Protest leaders said he told them that if he is not able pass
legislation for universal military service, he would campaign for it
in the next elections. He said he will decide in the next two weeks,
with the most probable early election date being this fall. The
government´s term of office expires next year.
The office of the Prime Minister stated, "The division of the burden
must be changed. What has been is not what will be…. The ‘Tal Law’
will be replaced by a more egalitarian and just law, and I will
submit it. The new law will also include civilian service for Arabs.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu said for the first time on Saturday night
that he will not hesitate to go to elections if the coalition
partners try to blackmail him over the issue of military service.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, head of Yisrael Beiteinu,
threatened on Saturday to leave the coalition over the matter of the
Virtually all polls in the past year have shown that the national
religious camp would maintain its current strength while Barak’s new
Independence Party would not enter the Knesset because of lack of
support. He bolted from the Labor party last year, and his support
mainly comes from the military industrial complex and mainstream
media, which have been anxiously trying to dump Netanyahu.
The election results might leave the anti-Netanyahu camp with a taste
of “be careful of what you ask for.”
Two polls the past week give the Likud party a solid plurality of 31
seats in the Knesset, four more than present. Kadima’s popularity
would be more than cut in half to 13 seats, while Labor, now headed
by Shelly Yechimovich, would win 15-17 seats, compared with 13 in the
The Shas Sephardi Religious party would lose two or three seats,
according to the surveys, and all of the other parties would more or
less retain their present strength, with most of Kadima’s loss going
to Yair Lapid’s new “Future” party.
Most significant is the lack of support for Barak, who has been in
the forefront of sending in police forces in the middle of the night
to expel young families, including infants, from their housing in
hilltop communities. He also has executed dozens of concessions to
the Palestinian Authority by removing roadblocks, an action that
often has been followed by terrorist attacks.
Barak has enjoyed cordial and warm receptions by the Obama
administration, which several times in the past two years has been
rumored to be anxious for a new government in Jerusalem.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/29/12)
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