Beyond the Cusp

March 8, 2018

AIPAC Suffers Disoriented Moments

 

Perhaps it was a case of mass dementia or some fast spreading contagion caused derangement. We are unsure what caused so many speakers of repute including Avi Gabbay who leads the Zionist Union and is the Labor Party candidate for Prime Minister who expects to replace Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu. Of course, this is immediately after he is forced to resign over some cigars and champagne which he received as gifts from dinner guests who passed up giving him a nice set of matching glass crystal ashtrays. Then there was newly appointed American Israel Public Affairs Committee CEO Howard Kohr in his coming out appearance he agrees with Gabbay that for peace to be found for Israel, it will require granting the Arabs a new state (see video below) peopled by the citizens of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the fun group who reward terrorists commensurate on the number of Israelis they are able to murder and this payment continues for life. These men honestly believe that rewarding the group of people who pay terrorists for murdering Israelis, try and overthrow governments in almost every nation they find themselves, backed Saddam Hussein in his takeover of Kuwait, invented hijacking aircraft and holding the passengers hostage, invented suicide bombing and invented nearly every single terrorist act which are not spreading to the remainder of the world with their own nations overlooking Tel Aviv and the heart of Israel by using the Green Line* as the border and splitting Jerusalem in half once more. They believe that the United Nations would be able to control the holy spaces which would be within this newly created Arab nation and thus permit universal visitation. Such a nation would be able to look westward from the Judean highlands overlooking the nine mile wide (see map below) waist of Israel seeing downtown Tel Aviv and beyond the Mediterranean Sea and the entirety of the heartland of Israel where three-quarters of Israeli population and economy is located as well as energy production and desalination producing needed water.

 

 

 

The PA uses as one of their plans for the eventual destruction of Israel is to do so in stages. This plan was to take the best offer they are capable of negotiating and appearing to permit peace to break out. Then, after a period of quiet, there would be a massive series of terror attacks followed by demands that if only some more of the occupied lands were ceded to them, then there would be true peace. Once Israel relents and cedes these demanded lands, another period of quiet would be sustained. This quiet would soon be broken leading to the eventual point when they would finally have attained regaining the borders lost by Jordan in the Six Day War. Well, these two men spoke of simply giving all of the lands which had been occupied by Jordan before the Six Day War in one fell swoop. This would give the Palestinian Arabs everything they had once believed would take them years of intermittent periods of quiet and intense terrorism to achieve. This would grant them that view described above of downtown Tel Aviv and direct rocket fire ability where they could adjust their targeting simply by sight. This would result in a terrifying potential scenario where there would be little if any warning to a rocket attack on central Tel Aviv with the largest of buildings in the heart of its business district completely vulnerable. For an idea of what the Arab rocketeers would be able to see from their firing positions in two pictures below depicting their ability to use such a vantage point.

 

Nine Mile Wide Israeli Waist

Nine Mile Wide Israeli Waist

 

As noted, this was the intent of UNSC Res 2334 which was allowed to pass by President Obama in the closing days of his second term. There are many, ourselves included, that believe this UNSC Resolution, which could have been so completely devastating to the life of Israel, was actually written with the knowledge and final approval of President Obama personally. The UNSC Res 2334 was mostly diluted by President Trump having recognized Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel and moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem, an opening ceremony of this fact scheduled for middle of the coming May of 2018. This was the best possible means of showing that there was a new reality in the Middle East with a pro-Israel administration in Washington D.C. and a very strong defender of Israel in American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Unfortunately, we are also witnessing strong evidence that the Deep State retains near universal control over the State Department which has also suggested that the Two State solution is still alive and well. The State Department also claims the 1967 borders are the panacea for peace in the Middle East claiming that should such a plan be implemented, then all wars including Yemen, Syria, Libya, Nigeria and everywhere where terrorism is a problem will be resolved by the very implementing of peace between Israel and the Arabs. The one saving grace is that the PA has sold their most violent and fanatical professional terrorist that they will accept nothing less than the complete and total destruction of Israel. Settling for anything less, would result very likely in an immediate coup to overthrow the ineffective fools who would accept a peace where Israel remains as the Zionist entity.

 

Tel Aviv Before and After UNSC Res 2334 Once Enacted and Enforced

Tel Aviv Before and After UNSC Res 2334 Once Enacted and Enforced

 

Giving the Palestinian Arabs and their PA government their own state is rewarding seventy plus years of terrorism. It also sends the message that terrorism will be rewarded providing you never let up. It will tell Boko Haram, Islamic State, Hezballah, Iran’s IRGC and every other terrorist group in the world to simply stick to their plan until they are given everything they demand. Further, it will be seen as backing for the Quranic verses commanding the followers of Islam to commit to terror as a tactic. Quran 8:12:16 “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.” Quran 3:151:6 “We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers.” Quran 33:26 “And He brought down those who supported them among the People of the Scripture from their fortresses and cast terror into their hearts [so that] a party you killed, and you took captive a party.” Quran 59:2 “It is He who expelled the ones who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture from their homes at the first gathering. You did not think they would leave, and they thought that their fortresses would protect them from Allah ; but [the decree of] Allah came upon them from where they had not expected, and He cast terror into their hearts [so] they destroyed their houses by their [own] hands and the hands of the believers. So take warning, O people of vision.” These verses from the Quran will be validated and have renewed meaning. The Islamists who believe that terror is the means by which they will conquer the weak-willed West will take this as a badge of glory and with this victory, they will act with new heart. Terrorism will be vindicated as the weapon to use against the civilized West as if it worked to destroy Israel, it will destroy the other nations just as readily.

 

As we noted in our article yesterday, Leaked “Deal of the Century” Isn’t, the PA will reject even this peace offering by the State Department. They will believe that their terrorism will soon give them all of Israel, as they will drive the Jews from these lands as they did the Byzantines, the Crusaders, and the British. They believe that like those former conquerors that the Jews have no actual attachment to these lands and that the Jews are but colonists placed here to hold the lands as long as they are able and then to flee back to their natural homes. The Arabs honestly believe that the Jews are simply members of a faith like Christians who reside wherever and everywhere with no real attachment to any lands through their religion. They believe their own propaganda that the Jews all came from Poland, Russia, France, Germany, the United States and the rest of Europe and North America. They do not even remember the Jews which were driven from the Arab lands across MENA** and that most of which ended up in Israel and these Jews make up a fair percentage of the Israeli population.

 

The Arabs will need to come to grips with a new reality which is fast approaching where the Jews are no longer welcomed in Europe. These Jews will end up half in Israel and the rest in North America. What will really bring the reality of the Jews and their ancient homelands of Israel will be after the Jews of Canada are forced to move south into the United States which will simply serve to expedite the Jews being forced from the United States. The influx of over three-hundred-fifty-thousand Jews arriving from Canada will result in bringing to an end the welcome for the Jews in the United States. It will take a while but still result in a severe rise in what has thusfar been an undercurrent of anti-Semitism. The current state of anti-Semitism in the United States is well behind that in Europe where much of it has been kept under wraps existing in the shadows and in whispers. The whispers are slowly becoming murmurs which are a step louder and closer to becoming evident within numerous areas of the culture. From there it is a much shorter step which only requires some new strain or change in reality such as one-third of a million Jews appearing on your doorstep from Canada after nearly half-million European Jews already fled to the United States. Such stress will result in steadily ramping friction with imagined slights and actual slights taken with some more invented and soon you have real problems in areas with few Jews, leading shortly to greater problems where the Jewish population is more significant. Eventually, the Jews from the United States will be heading for Israel with the only question is how many will leave comfortably on their own before they start being pressed to leave. Eventually, the remaining Jews will be fleeing leaving most of their belongings behind and there will always be those few who never catch that their welcome has worn out. Many in the United States will take offense at these estimates of what is likely in the near future, but perhaps if they were to read more of the commentary made on articles concerning Israel or the Jews generally and they might see something to alter their perception.

 

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* Green Line is the 1949 Armistice Line which delineated the final position of the front line at the end of the 1948-9 war where six Arab nations attempted to destroy the Jewish State at her birth. The Arab League demanded that this demarcation never be used to imply or actually be utilized as any form of border so as to leave the Israeli borders undefined.

** MENA refers to the nations of the Middle East and North Africa

 

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January 17, 2018

Avi Gabbay Single-Handed Palestinian Savior

 

Avi Gabbay, Chairman of the Zionist Union and Leader of the Labor Party recently stepped forward with a plan to rescue the Palestinian Authority (PA) from its timely death. Before jumping all over his completely unfathomable plan, let us first go to the PA for their assessment of the current situation. The easiest way to do this will be to quote Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), a recognized terror organization, Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi. Hanan Ashrawi has stated, “The U.S. Administration seems to be following Netanyahu’s instructions to gradually dismantle the one agency that was established by the international community to protect the rights of the Palestinian refugees and provide them with essential services. This administration is thereby targeting the most vulnerable segment of the Palestinian people and depriving the refugees of the right to education, health, shelter and a dignified life,” as quoted by the Palestinian Arab news agency Wafa.

 

Hanan Ashrawi added that with this decision it “is also creating conditions that will generate further instability throughout the region and will demonstrate that it has no compunction in targeting the innocent. Once again the U.S Administration proves its complicity with the Israeli occupation by attempting to remove another permanent status issue off the table.” Her references are to the recent decisions and statements by President Trump with his recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and starting the process for moving the United States embassy to Jerusalem. Additionally, President Trump has decided that supporting UNRWA is counter-productive to the finding of a lasting peace. President Trump has in different Tweets and statements recognized the facts that the curriculum produced by UNRWA is formulated to produce terrorists to be thrown to destroy Israel and kill Israelis. UNRWA was also designed to perpetuate and increase the numbers of refugees by passing the refugee status from one generation to the next into perpetuity thus increasing the total numbers of refugees. They also do everything possible to basically incarcerate the refugee population preventing them from leaving their imprisoned enclosures defining the camps which are ringed with fences and concertina-wire. The entire raison d’être of UNRWA is to preserve and increase to the furthest extremes possible the numbers of refugees by incorporating every possible individual into the list of refugee such that their numbers alone could completely swamp Israel altering the demographics thus ending the Jewish majority and thus destroying the Jewish State. The entire intent of the Palestinian Arab society has been from the start not their stated desire for their own independent state but to destroy the Jewish State of Israel.

 

First, President Trump has taken the Jerusalem card off the table with his recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, the Historic Capital of Israel with a three-thousand year history in Jewish history. Then he defunded UNRWA casting it as, not merely unproductive, but completely counter-productive and having worked contrary to its presumed intended purpose. His description of UNRWA is a complete failure in recognizing any normative goal of caring for and resettling refugees as is the main function of every other refugee organization throughout history. The complete failure of UNRWA to productively care for the Palestinian refugees was the reason for their defunding by President Trump and it can be expected that initially there will be other nations and international institutions which will take up the deficit caused by President Trump’s move. With time supporting the additional funding for UNRWA will weigh heavily on those picking up the United States’ over one-third of a billion dollars annually as their base mark and close to one-third of the entire UNRWA budget, the nations picking up that much of the budget will find it onerous forcing them to abandon this increase and many likely to simply end their UNWRA funding all-together following the United States move. Simply defined, the United States ending UNWRA funding will most likely result in the defunding of UNWRA by most of their donors.

 

The one means of keeping UNWRA operating would be for the United Nations to take up the entirety of the funding for UNRWA adding that to its already over-bloated budget. Once UNWRA has to cut services, the refugees will start to disperse and basically melt into the rest of the world either returning to their original country of origin joining families already established. Others will head to new lands in Europe or North America or elsewhere eventually solving the Palestinian refugee problem as it should have been addressed seventy-five years ago. So, that makes two of the most troublesome cards, Jerusalem and Refugees, off the table making finding a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli problem far less complicated. Less complicated also means that the Palestinian Arab position is less of a threat to Israel and about to start a steady shrinking as UNRWA refugees start to seek other solutions to their situation other than waiting for their relocating in such a way as to destroy Israel. The end of UNRWA and the removing of Jerusalem by recognizing it as the Capital of Israel will terminate the ability for the Palestinian Authority to continue to threaten the very existence of Israel. The Palestinian Arab leadership must now face making some agreement which is acceptable to Israel as well as themselves before Israel can simply ignore the Palestinians as their ever weakening position soon leads to their having no real reason for a state. The only change required now would be to apply Israeli civil rule over the areas of Judea and Samaria (Jordanian named West Bank) which would allow for the Arabs who desire relocating back to their nation of origin joining their families and former communities or finding a new place to restart their lives without the fear of the death penalty they now face for selling their properties to any non-Arab. Polls have shown as many as two-thirds of Palestinian Arabs would relocate to another country if they could sell their homes and properties to Israelis or even Europeans or any non-Arab without facing a death sentence as soon as even a rumor surfaces that they intend on selling their property, often a sentence executed by vigilante justice permitted and sanctioned by the PA.

 

So, now back to Avi Gabbay, Chairman of the Zionist Union and Leader of the Labor Party, and his intention for a great surrender. He recently spoke at a “diplomatic” conference and repeated the messianic mantra that he saw “the two-state solution for two peoples as the solution for our security.” He spoke that Israel should permit the formation of an Arab state within the lands which Jordan occupied for nineteen years until the Six Day War and its liberation by Israeli forces. He referenced the oppression that the “West Bank” Arabs, 95% of whom live under self-rule, live under as repeatedly referenced in the furtive imaginations of the European Union and leftists worldwide. What Avi Gabbay ignores, as usual, is the immediate threat such a state would pose to Israel. But that would be the least of the threats, as Avi Gabbay also believes that he has a better idea to salvage the UNRWA refugees before President Trump’s defunding works for depopulating the refugee camps by relocating the entirety of the five million plus as well as any other Arabs who desire, after the establishment of the Arab entity, to relocate and join the warfare against the existence of Israel. We have a special picture (shown below) which depicts the likely result of placing an Arab entity which would, more likely than not, become ruled by Hamas, just as occurred in Gaza, and they fired even the most simple rockets with merely a ten mile range, sufficient to reach the Mediterranean Sea from the Judean hills overlooking Tel Aviv where the width of Israel is approximately nine miles. This would be the result from allowing an Arab state along the Green Line as Avi Gabbay is suggesting. This is his answer to Mahmoud Abbas throwing temper tantrums, insulting President Trump and threatening the President’s family with the Arabic curse of, “May your house be demolished,” which infers that your entire extended family be thrown into the street left to scrape and beg living as humiliating a life as possible. Talk about burning your bridges behind you.

 

Tel Aviv Now Before Green Line Peace and Tel Aviv the Day After Green Line Peace

Tel Aviv Now Before Green Line Peace
and
Tel Aviv the Day After Green Line Peace

 

This should settle the talk and claims by the very same Avi Gabbay about how the Zionist Union is as Zionist, if not more Zionist than Likud, Bayit Yehudi and all the other parties. We would love to know how Avi Gabbay defines Zionist, because we fear it is very different from our definition. We define Zionist as one who believes in the State of Israel as defined by our Prophets and observing the dictates of Hashem in Torah to settle all of the lands. The heart of those lands is Judea and Samaria and centered on Jerusalem. There are over twenty Arab states making up their colonial empire, the last of the empires, and a single Jewish nation which has existed in perpetuity simply waiting for its children to return. Their return in 1948 was predicted over two-thousand years ago, as we explained in detail in our article titled, “It’s Nothing Personal, We Just Hate You.” The return is an ongoing affair and the world is approaching an obvious critical juncture where the future could go either direction, a world which congeals peaceably and mankind enters an age approaching perfection or devolves into a chaotic turmoil of war and vengeance. We have described these potential futures across numerous articles and will likely do so again in the future. What this future does not include in the final result precludes an Arab state west of the Jordan River. Perhaps that is the reason behind the strangest election in recent history, the election of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, the restoration of borders nearer the Torah defined borders of the Jewish State (see maps below). The future will tell much but we have a feeling that the faster the world befriends Israel and no longer will works to erase the Jewish State, the better our futures turn out.

 

Modern Israel Borders and Twelve Tribes of Israel

Modern Israel and Twelve Tribes of Israel

 

We hope that the world turning against Israel was defining the recent votes in the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly from the final year of the Presidency of Barack Obama and the first year of the Presidency of Donald Trump. With any fortune, we will slowly but surely receive more support from the world as that can only work to improve the world.

 

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December 29, 2017

Yair Lapid and Avi Gabbay Show True Colors

 

Yair Lapid and Avi Gabbay each revealed their real positions and declared war on all religious, nationalist, Zionist and Conservative or right-leaning voters and the work done by the Knesset to legally pass legislation. They claim they will use the courts and all other means at their disposal in thwarting the will of the people. Their actions are simply an extension of their mutual belief that only they possess true sight and that makes their opinions more correct and necessary than that of the voters. Their inability to accept the will of the majority simple reveals their own self-derived greater-than-life image of themselves as the true prophets of our times who have been chosen by Heaven to intervene and make the government upright again. If only they actually had such insight, but alas, they only possess self-righteous pride and the belief that they know better and we must accept their wisdom or else they will go to any length to defeat our triumphs and overturn our accomplishments. Let us recount each of these gentlemen’s latest announced crusades and the revelations they provide.

 

Let us take the more reasonable Avi Gabbay who at least claims he will use legislative means to accomplish his quest. Mr. Gabbay was kind enough to spell everything out for us when he stated, “December 27 is a dark day in the history of the fight against crime and corruption. I reiterate my commitment: The government which I will head will abolish the Recommendations Law, the Supermarket Law and the Job Law.” Well, there it is. If the people of Israel would simply realize the opportunity facing them and place their trust in the Zionist Union, then they would do their best to undo everything accomplished in the past year’s efforts. You like being a Jew and think that the religion should be the basis for attitudes of the government, then Avi Gabbay is not your man. If you believe that laws need to be made by the Legislature, interpreted by Judges and merely enforced by the police, then Avi Gabbay is not your man. The simple truth from Mr. Gabbay is that he desires an Israel which is democratic and multicultural with perhaps a touch of Judaism permitted in certain neighborhoods. His vision is known as a Secular Israel where Israel is the Middle East version of the United States and he is the Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and friends modern Democrat Party where the Zionist Union are the Democrats working for that brave new world where the government is supreme. They also have a problem fulfilling their party’s name, Zionist Union. They have the Union part down pat if they are referring to Union as in Soviet Union as they love all things leftist but they are not all that much Zionist. They believe that the Arabs have just as much right as the Jews to the land and the Arab claim is just as historically valid as the Jewish claim. We have to wonder if Avi Gabbay was at all impressed and pleased with President Trump’s announced recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital City of the nation of Israel or would he prefer Israel moving the capital to Tel Aviv where the embassies still sit. What is the difference and why are those religious types making such a fuss, we can almost hear them asking. It has to do with the history of the Israelites and all of the generations of the Jewish people for the past three-thousand years plus. But what is the big deal, Avi just does not get it.

 

Now for Yair Lapid and his cry that every last one of the hundreds of reservations brought forward against the bill, many by his party, were being voted down one after the other, that should the Knesset pass the Recommendations Law, his party will challenge the law hoping to get it annulled by the Israel Supreme Court. This law, according to Arutz Sheva states, “According to the coalition’s conclusions, the law will only relate to the non-publication of police recommendations in the media, and will determine that in investigations in which there is an accompanying attorney, there will be no recommendation but only a summary of the hearing.” Yair Lapid recently stated that he should be considered to be the next in line for the Prime Minister position as he is the logical extension of Benyamin Netanyahu as he, Yair Lapid, is just as conservative, just as religious, just as strong a Zionist and simply more Bibi than Bibi. Apparently, the more Bibi than Bibi opposes the actual Bibi who supported the passing of the Recommendations Law and Yair ‘I’m more Bibi than Bibi’ Lapid will go to the Supreme Court demanding that they overturn the legislation immediately once it has passed, or at least some time convenient after he wakes and gets a good breakfast under his belt, then Supreme Court must act as Yair Lapid has spoken.

 

Both of these politicians suffer from a severe misreading of the Israeli public as they believe in their post-Zionist views and their anti-religious pro-governance by autocrats and the Black Robed Dictatorial Courts. We discussed this concept and its birth and continued applications and the ramifications in greater depth in Democracy’s Greatest Threat Wrapped in Black and how the current Israeli Coalition, led by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, has worked to change the self-replicating appointment methods of judges, particularly Supreme Court Judges, and lessen the power and range of adjudicable subjects to coral the runaway power extension and liberties taken by the Supreme Court. Their days of overturning laws passed by the Knesset, reversing decisions made by the Prime Minister, authoring laws they believe are necessary to advance society in the “correct” direction, and even countermand orders given by command level officers of the IDF during a conflict. The Israeli Supreme Court has long worked under the concept put forth by Israeli Supreme Court former Chief Justice Israeli Aharon Barak in his statement that “everything is justiciable” granting the Supreme Court and all courts unlimited power. Yair Lapid hopes to use their power to once again impose the leftist views of the court, and Yair Lapid, upon the nation overturning legislation passed by the Legislature. Yair Lapid, a former editorial newscaster who was famous for reporting the news as he saw the news. He used his name identification and popularity gained from reading the teleprompter and having good writers with whom he likely had a working relationship.

 

Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked

Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked

 

One thing we will give Yair Lapid credit, he can read a teleprompter with the best of them, sounds smooth, and presents well. He can tell you exactly what you should want and then convince you to vote for him to get it. Unfortunately, Mr. Lapid is most often simply reading a script constructed to make him sound exactly what the audience to whom he is speaking wants to hear and are willing to but unchallenged. To Zionists, he sounds as nationalist and pro building in the Shomron sounding like Naftali Bennett with just sufficient Bibi and a small amount of safe centrist pabulum making him too good to be true. To the secular post-Zionists, he does not even need speechwriters, as this is what he actually believes. The secular Israel is a Democracy first, second, last and everything inbetween with Judaism simply one of the plethora of religions observed here. Yair Lapid was once a proud two-state solution water carrier who believed that if Israel just found the perfect combination of land and other incentivizes then peace would be reached and the terrorism would end and everything will be perfect. One can only wonder how far from his roots he has managed to move. He claims he can out Bibi, Bibi, and can almost match Bennett but his idea is to be more logical and able to compromise where required to get the most, yet he spoke as a supporter of the Gaza pull-out. Not all that long ago, right before the last elections, Mr. Lapid stated, in clear English, “The details may be complex, but the basic idea is simple – Israel doesn’t want to absorb 3.5 million Palestinians. It is time to separate and guarantee our future as a Jewish and democratic state.” One must believe now that he is a Zionist’s Zionist? Really now, why are we having problems believing this. Of course, he can also out Gabbay, Gabbay, when speaking to the left wing demonstrators in Tel Aviv. He is the perfect politician capable of being whatever the crowd wants to hear and he counts on his true friends in the media to cover his chameleon-like presentations molding his speeches to each crowd.

 

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely

 

The next Israeli election is going to be so much fun for us as politicians attempt to assure their leftist base that they really do not mean most of what they are having said in the media as everyone attempts to out Bibi, Bibi except for Bibi who will be attempting to out Bennett, Bennett. Unless something changes within Beit Yehudi (Jewish Home), then Naftali Bennett will run believing his time has come. The one big problem standing between Bennett from a fair chance at making it to the top spot is Bibi. Should Bibi step aside, then Likud, with a large assist from Netanyahu, needs to groom the next seemingly permanent Prime Minister and do so fast. Netanyahu has so efficiently prevented anyone challenging his position at the top of the party that there has not developed a successor. Without Netanyahu or a strong Likud candidate, then the field will be open and then who knows what will come next. The one person who would make a formidable candidate for Likud might not desire the top spot, Tzipi Hotovely. Some day Israel might face two women running for Prime Minister with Tzipi Hotovely for Likud and Ayelet Shaked for Jewish Home, now that would be a real choice of two of the most competent and complete candidates who would, either of them, make for a strong and well represented Israeli Prime Minister. That would be the political race the world would watch. For now, we are going to have to settle for the biggest question of the moment, will or will not Bibi Netanyahu run at the head of Likud, and if not, then who? Then there is another less tempting question, who will be the candidate to lead Zionist Union? Will it be Avi Gabbay or will it be Ehud Barak? Beyond these questions, there are some other side items such as who will be running under what name and in what grouping as the new election laws has had the making for strange bedfellows. Who will combine with whom and how they divide up their lists is the kind of minutia which makes this boring to all but the most invested and the people who live politics. We will try not to bore you with these items unless they are surprising or particularly amusing. You’re welcome.

 

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