I knew that the coalition would probably look about the way it does (I was counting on Lieberman, though), but I didn’t think that the agreements would be this bad.
The ministry of religious affairs is in Shas’ hands. They will not do anything good with it, and will probably do much harm.
Shas has Bibi’s consent to build cheap housing for the chareidim – which will mean that the housing crisis for everyone else will just get worse.
More money will be given to schools that do not teach the curriculum; I assume that this includes Arab schools, not just chareidi schools. Bad, bad, bad.
They want to reinstate the draft exemption – bad.
The only maybe-good thing that Shas wants to do is get rid of the 18% tax on basic food items. But why does pasta count as basic?
And we forgot that they want to raise the child stipends – something that costs the government blllions, takes responsibility off the parents, and worst of all, people use it to give themselves a salary for having kids. Yes, that’s right. With each cut to the child stipends, birth rates of groups that have children just to get money drop – and big time. It’s not just a demographic war; it’s a war against people who try to live off the public pocket, with laziness as their only reason.
Shas got all of its demands, even at the expense of Bayit Yehudi. And it makes me sick, especially since Shas is so corrupt.
I can’t blame Lieberman for not joining, but I am kind of peeved that he didn’t.
I don’t think that this coalition is going to last too long, though. I think that Shas is going to get annoyed at something and bolt, giving us new elections. Which wouldn’t be a bad thing, especially if it’s Shas’ fault.
Herzog is acting like Livni did a few years back – having a temper tantrum that Bibi managed to make a coalition. Of course, Herzog himself probably wouldn’t have been able to do it, because there are not enough people willing to sit with him AND with each other.
But enough of this. We have a right-wing coalition, shaky as it is.
Ayelet Shaked is justice minister, and this is good. The left, of course, is calling her the injustice minister, as if Tzipi Livni had been better. Yaakov Litzman is not the world’s best health minister, but neither was Yael German (I think she was awful). We will finally have a sane education minister, instead of the crazy Shai Piron. And hey, for all of Obama’s interference, we managed to outsmart him in the end.
I, along with the majority of Israelis, am not completely happy with the new coalition, but on the other hand, it’s quite obvious that this was our only choice. I’m just sorry that there were so many unreasonable demands made, and given in to. It reminds me of a three-year-old who screams for candy until his parents get sick of hearing the screaming and give in. Short-term gain, but long-term loss, and big time.
Oh, well. G-d will help.
Because if He doesn’t, we are in big trouble.