Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Labor Delivers Sucker Punch to Israel, Closes Ranks with Kadima
I'm telling you, this is a direct result of the fact that the members of the Knesset are not beholding to anyone but their own party. They really don't give a hoot about the people they represent, and the corruption and the lies just get deeper and deeper every day.
Frankly, I knew that getting rid of Olmert would be too good to be true, but I thought it would be the Shas weenies again who buckled, not Labor.
I just hope that, when elections do finally happen, everyone remembers what Labor did, who their allegiance is to, and how much they can count on Barak.
The whole thing is a damned disgrace. Olmert needs to go--the sooner the better.
Jun 25, 2008 5:10 | Updated Jun 25, 2008 5:39
Labor, Kadima agree to avoid dissolution of Knesset
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Labor and Kadima agreed late Tuesday night to work together to reject any proposal which calls for the dissolution of the Knesset, whether it is brought to the floor on Wednesday, or any time in the coming weeks.
The agreement was a result of a meeting between Labor party secretary-general Eitan Cabel and Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Tzahi Hanegbi (Kadima) which lasted several hours, and allowed both parties to avoid a potentially hazardous political showdown.
According to the agreement, the Kadima party promised to convene a committee on Wednesday which would begin the process of primaries for choosing a new chairperson. On Monday of next week, the Kadima faction will discuss the results, and 10 days later the Kadima council will convene to determine an exact date for primary elections, to be held before September 25. Should a run-off election be needed as well, that, too, will be held before September 25.
Earlier on Tuesday, an associate of Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the only way early general elections would be prevented was if Prime Minister Ehud Olmert allowed his party to set a date for a primary.
"The ball is in Kadima's court," a Barak associate said. "There is a lot of pressure on Olmert. But anything can happen in the final hours, and I cannot say there is no chance a deal will be reached."
A bill by Likud MK Silvan Shalom calling for the Knesset to be dissolved was to be brought to the floor on Wednesday, and until late Tuesday night, had a very good chance of garnering the support necessary in order to pass and force early elections. Given the latest development, however, there is now a chance that the bill will not be raised during Wednesday's session.