Where was BiBi during the expulsion of the Peace House? Why did he suddenly disappear? Why has he said NOTHING about the issue?
Of course, these are rhetorical questions.
I ask them, but I know the answer: BiBi is a coward. He has no integrity at all.
He hasn't said anything because he didn’t know which way the wind was blowing. He needs weeks of opinion polls before he will speak on anything. If he showed himself to be a nationalist, then he might lose votes. If he showed himself to be an expulsionist, then he might lose votes—and, of course, everything is about votes, not about Israel!
BiBi LOVES BiBi. Nothing else matters.
Some things you need to remember about BiBi (in case his charisma has gotten in the way of your memory):
- In January 1997, as part of the Oslo accords, Netanyahu signed over the majority of control in the West Bank city of Hebron to the Palestinian Authority;
- In October 1998, Netanyahu and PA chairman Yasser Arafat co-signed the Wye River Memorandum, giving the PA control of 13% of the West Bank;
- In August 1999, Yedioth Ahronoth published an exposé revealing that Netanyahus billed the Prime Minister's Office for private construction done at their Jerusalem home. In March 2000, following a well-published investigation, the police recommended Netanyahu be indicted for fraud, bribery, breach of trust and obstruction of justice. No charges were ever filed.
And Don't forget the facts of the Gush Katif expulsion. BiBi has spoken very tough words about it, made speeches about it, commented ad-naseum about how he thinks it was the worst thing to ever happen so that you will forget what really happened. . . but when the government was leading up to the Gush Katif fiasco, he didn't say anything. He let it happen. He could have stopped it all by pushing to deny the budget, therefore disolving Sharon's government, but he didn't. He sat on his hands. Then, 30 minutes before the vote, he gave a "dramatic announcement" that he was resigning.
What kept BiBi from speaking when it would have mattered? BiBi needed to make a big production for BiBi. If he had done some effective back-room dealing and made sure Sharon was sunk, he wouldn’t have been as popular.
G-d forbid some integrity would get in the way of his political aspirations!
Right now Feiglin is being attacked anonymously (against Israeli law) but we all know that it is Bibi’s bunch who are doing the attacking. They want to make sure that Feiglin doesn’t get in so that they can keep the leftward drift going.
BiBi wants to appear “centrist.” Yeah, "centrist" my eye! Likud would have to move fifteen steps to the right to be “centrist.” Right now, Likud has lost its way so badly, I am wondering why no one has sued the party claiming that they are using the name illegally! Jabotinsky is turning in his grave every time BiBi uses the word "Likud."
Unfortunately, Likud is headed for a win, and the one spot on the ticket that Feignlin might capture is not going to stop them from giving away anything that is left of Israel after Olmert is through with it.
Remember where Olmert came from (Likud), and remember where Sharon came from (Likud) and where Livni came from (Likud). Likud is dirty from top to bottom, but it is what we will have to deal with.
Likud is no better than the Kadima.
Last update - 05:14 07/12/2008
Tensions grow between Netanyahu, far-rightist Feiglin as Likud primary looms
By Mazal Mualem
The battle between Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu and party strongman Moshe Feiglin is expected to reach fever pitch today, only one day ahead of the primary election for the faction's Knesset list.
Netanyahu has come out strongly against the candidacy of the radical rightwing activist because of the power he wields within the party, and fears that his association with Likud may damage the new centrist image its leader is trying to present to the public.
According to some estimates, Feiglin is supported by at least 7,000 well-organized party members and has a good chance of being elected a spot on the list somewhere between the 10th and 20th place. Feiglin's camp is known as the Jewish Leadership faction with the slogan: "We need a Feiglin in the Knesset." Many other Likud candidates have sought the support of Feiglin and his supporters, which are disciplined and vote en bloc, offering their support for his candidacy in return.
Feiglin infuriated Netanyahu during the Likud's last conference when he lambasted his own party as being "identical to Kadima," declaring that he will be voted to the 10th place on the party list in the primary.
Netanyahu decided to ignore the advice of his aides and speak out against Feiglin, threatening candidates that anyone who strikes a deal with the rightist will not be given a ministerial position.
Another measure taken by the Likud leader is to increase the number of participants in the primary election, hoping that a higher turnout will contain the influence of Feiglin's camp. In a bid to increase voter turnout, Netanyahu has ordered polls to remain open until 11 P.M. and okayed computerized voting stations throughout the country.
Still, polls carried out on behalf of the Likud last week showed Feiglin's association with the party did not deliver a fatal blow to its standing. Data shows Feiglin may cost the party between three to five Knesset seats but that it was still firmly ahead of Kadima, which is expected to be the second largest faction in the Knesset. Feiglin is hoping that his protege, Sagiv Asulin, will also secure a high place on the party list.
The Jewish Leadership movement in the Likud party originated in the Zo Artzeinu (Our Country) party that operated between 1994 and 1996, an extremist party opposed to the Oslo Accords. Feiglin was arrested for civil disobedience and indicted for incitement against the state. He was convicted and jailed for six months.
Between 1996 and 2000, his movement decided to join the Likud. In 2001 Feiglin and his supporters backed Ehud Olmert in the primary election. Olmert would later join then-prime minister Ariel Sharon to form Kadima. Moreover, the former Feiglin benefactor has recently spoken out in favor or partitioning Jerusalem in order to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.
Feiglin's camp led the campaign within the Likud against the 2005 disengagement from the Gaza Strip.
Feiglin ran for Likud leadership in 2003 and again in 2005. He came closest to winning the primary election for party leader in 2007, when 23 percent of the party members cast their vote for him.