I promised I would get back to the elections, and I am.
Truth to tell, I’m disappointed in Bibi. He promised to take Bayit Yehudi as one of the first, if not the first. He promised to remember that we gave him 4 entire mandates. He said he was indebted to the national religious, as he should be. He even made his first post-election phone call to Bennett.
And now? Nothing. He had a meeting with Bayit Yehudi, but it was just general talks, with nothing concrete. He is sucking up the chareidi parties, who want him to give them billions of shekels for their institutions, and want to reinstate the draft exception favor that they had until two years ago. And Bibi will suck up to them, because as long as they have their money, you can sell half of Israel for peanuts and they won’t say boo. It feels sick. It feels completely wrong. Give them money and they let you do what you want. Blackmail? Bribery? I don’t know. But it’s free votes for whatever you want, as long as they have money.
Deri as Interior Minister? Here I have to agree with Lapid, even though I can’t stand him. G-d save us, the guy got put in jail last time he was Interior Minister, for corruption. The guy shouldn’t be allowed to represent anyone religious, and shouldn’t be allowed to sit in the government. Both he and Zoabi should be in jail. The stupid thing is that because of anti-Jewish racism in Israel, Deri is more likely to sit in jail than Zoabi. Even though Zoabi is the wose of the two. And Deri, again, shows his maturity level. Yes, Lapid was a huge failure as finance minister. But he didn’t bring thousands of families to starvation, sorry.
Bibi is smart, though. Kachlon, who has been threatening to refuse to join the coalition if he didn’t get what he wanted (finance), has finally reached an understanding, or unofficial agreement, with Bibi. I believe (I could be wrong, though) that Kachlon should get Finance and that he would do the job fairly and well. However, UTJ has insisted on chairmanship of the Finance Committee, and so the two parties are “fighting” over the post. Bibi very cleverly solved the issue, by giving Kulanu (Kachlon’s party) the final word on budgetary demands. So, as it looks now, Kulanu is in the coalition.
It looks like UTJ (Aguda) is also in. Shas – I would hope not, except that they’re necessary to form a coalition. I hope Bibi finds a way to get them to join without landing us a corrupt Interior Minister, reinventing the draft favor, or putting us all in debt by paying for too many people to sit in yeshiva. I’m all for people in yeshiva being paid. I really am. But I don’t think that every single chareidi man should be in yeshiva – that’s not what G-d wanted, it’s not what most Israelis want their tax money to be doing, and most importantly, it’s not good for the vast majority of yeshiva students.
But I think that Bayit Yehudi will be stuck with the leftovers. The question is, will they take the leftovers, or will they insist on sitting in the opposition? Somehow I think that they will take the leftovers. Yitzchak says that they will get deputy minister of every important ministry. I don’t know. But I hope that Yitzchak is right and I am wrong, or I will be very, very disappointed. Part of what makes Yitzchak so certain is that Bibi knows that a lot of his mandates came from Bayit Yehudi, and that he will lose them if he doesn’t make up for it. I think he’s right. The question is if that’s what Bibi will do in the end, or if he’ll get too heady with so many mandates. I said Bibi was smart, did I? He is. Let’s hope Yitzchak is right and Bayit Yehudi gets richly compensated for their loss of mandates.
Bennett seems to think that Bibi is looking to form a unity government. Maybe yes, and maybe no. There are two reasons Bennett would keep insisting on this: a) he really thinks this is going to happen, b) if he says it enough, people will be more aware of it and not allow it to happen.
Speaking of which, Deri is a disgusting and self-serving. Only. He makes me puke. “You only have 8 mandates and we have 13?” Really? If Bayit Yehudi hadn’t donated four mandates to Likud, they would have 12 on their own – compared to Shas and Aguda’s 13 when they are put togther. Besides, Deri, are you a kindergartener? Nananakishka, I have a bigger cupcake than youuuu! Nanabanana, nanabanana! Real maturity, huh?
What I think about the PA, Iran, and international stupidity, I will save for another post.
P.S. – I just realized that while here in Israel it is a regular [matza-eating] weekday, all of the Jews outside Israel are still observing a second day of chag. Oops. But hey, for me it’s a regular day. One seder, that’s it.