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Netanyahu’s Likud coalition behind in polls

Crescent International

Is the Zionist State's nastiest politician about to be consigned to the dustbin of history? Opinion polls show that Netanyahu's ruling Likud-led coalition is trailing behind the Zionist Union alliance for the March 17 elections. Would the victory of the Labour-led coalition make any difference as far as the long-oppressed Palestinians are concerned?

Tel Aviv, Crescent-online
Friday March 13, 2015, 10:03 DST

Is Friday the 13th turning out to be Black Friday for Benjamin Netanyhu, one of the nastiest politicians in the Zionist state?

Opinion polls show that his Likud-led coalition is trailing behind the opposition coalition Zionist Union by at least four seats.

Two separate polls show that Netanyahu’s ruling Likud-led coalition will lose the March 17 elections even though no party will be able to muster enough seats to form the government on its own.

One poll published in the Yediot Aharonot newspaper today (March 13) showed that the Zionist Union coalition, an alliance of the Labor party, led by Isaac Herzog, and former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party, would win 26 seats.

The current Likud-led ruling coalition is expected to win 22 seats. There is also a third coalition, The Joint List, a newly formed Arab alliance, that is expected to be in third place with 13 seats.

There are a total 120 seats in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.

Prior to elections, opinion polls gain added importance. Media outlets try to generate excitement and boost sales by conducting polls. They may not necessarily be accurate but people do follow them keenly.

Thus, another poll jointly published by the Jerusalem Post and Maariv, also showed a four-seat difference between the two leading contenders.

According to this poll, the Zionist Union would grab 25 seats while the Likud-led coalition will trail with 21 seats.

As in the other poll, The Joint List was shown at 13 seats.

In the snake pit of Israeli politics, extreme backstabbing biting are the norm. Each leader tries to outbid others in nastiness.

If they are so nasty with each other, one can imagine the horrors they perpetrate against the hapless Palestinians suffering under Zionist occupation for decades.

Netanyahu’s in your face attitude has angered many in Israel.

Last week, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Tel Aviv to voice their anger at Netanyahu’s policies, calling on him to step down ahead of the elections.

On March 3, he came to address a joint session of the US Congress. The Republicans invited him without even informing President Barack Obama.

This was a big snub for Obama. Racism is rampant in the US. Many Republicans, including Netanyahu, see Obama, who is black, resent seeing him in the White House.

In their private conversations, they still refer to Obama as “the boy”—a derogatory term for blacks.

This is a great improvement on the ‘N’ word but still does not paper over the racism that characterizes American politics.

Netanyahu’s March 3 lecture did not sit well with most Americans. They felt the ruler of a beggar nation had come to tell them how to conduct foreign policy.

The US and other permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are involved in prolonged negotiations with Islamic Iran over its peaceful nuclear program.

According to information available so far, considerable progress seems to have been made.

Netanyahu came to tell the Americans—and the American government—not to make any deal with Iran. He characterized it as a “bad deal” regardless of what it might be.

American officials feel were annoyed. US Secretary of State John Kerry went so far as to say that Netanyahu was wrong before (in Iraq) and he is wrong now.

This was a pretty strong statement coming from the top US diplomat, essentially telling Netanyahu to shut up.

Netanyahu’s arrogance may sink him in Israel. It would, however, be wrong to assume that another coalition would conduct itself any differently, at least insofar as the oppressed Palestinians are concerned.

The arrogant Zionists, regardless of their political stripes, are a nasty bunch. Nothing good can be expected from them.


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