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The war of promises
Posted By admin On February 17, 2009 @ 10:38 am In elections | No Comments
Kadima has accepted Lieberman’s coalition demands, except for his centerpiece, the loyalty oath. Yisrael Beitenu praised Kadima’s compliance and ignored the oath issue. Indeed, the oath is over-touted; Islam sanctions lying, and the Arabs would have no problem taking a false oath. The conversion issue is similarly irrelevant. Lieberman only asks that the conversion be handled by local ultra-Orthodox rabbis, rather than centralized in Jerusalem.
On civil marriages, Yisrael Beitenu seems to be slipping toward the position that it is only intended for non-Jews.
Kadima’s acceptance is superficial: Livni is unlikely to become prime minister and does not expect to have to carry through her commitments. She can safely promise Lieberman civil unions and easy conversions—knowing that Shas won’t allow Bibi to pass them—and promise to dislodge Hamas, even though she would have no influence on the matter.
Netanyahu is working hard to drag Kadima into the coalition despite Livni’s opposition to a token role. Bibi squanders the victory the voters handed him. In this, he’s supported by fearful voters: polls indicate that 65 percent of them favor a unity government.
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