Labor Leader Supports Settler Budget
"Labor is not left....Yitzhak Rabin was not left... I am not left"
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Hints of these links to the security services hide beyond her formal CV. During her extraordinarily popular morning program at Reshet Beth, she disclosed in the mid nineties that Wing 2 – an air force base near Moshav Zecharia – is the place from where Israel will launch Jericho nuclear missiles. This scoop was odd. Every person aware of this base knew before her scoop that it also serves as the alternate General Headquarters of the IDF. Yet, she said nothing about that. It seems she just disclosed the information the Shin Beth wanted to disseminate and nothing more.
As in other societies, Israeli elites are above the law. Following Shelly on Labor's list is Isaac Herzog, the son of Israeli President Chaim Herzog and the grandson of Rabbi Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog; his nickname is "Buji." As Government Secretary in the 1999 Barak government, he was involved in a corruption case ("Amutot Barak") involving Barak's campaign funds. He refused to give any statements to the Attorney General, who concluded that there was enough evidence for Mr. Hertzog to be formally accused in court. The Police reached the same conclusion. Before that, the State Comptroller found in 2000, that Herzog had "stepped on the rule of law with a heavy foot," and that he was at the center of the illegal funding scheme. The Attorney General closed the case against him due to his silence. Moshe Mizrahi, another candidate, was thrown out of the police after he illegitimately hacked phones; no charges were placed against him. Please allow me this shortcut; reviewing all the corruption cases in this particular party would be tiring in the extreme. Like Likud, this is another case of corruptus in extremis. This is Labor at its best.
Considering this, it is not surprising that Labor struggled in recent campaigns. It is approaching the upcoming elections with just 8 seats out of 120 in the Knesset. Most of its voters are the ageing population that witnessed the country's first years. Shelly's statement regarding the budget of the settlements is one of her attempts to reach other segments of the population. Not only rightwards, towards the settlers, but also towards the Jewish religious parts of Israeli society. That is why Mr. Herzog was placed second. In the interview, Shelly claimed that Labor will reach 20 seats in the next Knesset, becoming probably second only to the Likud-Yisrael Beitenu list.
"Labor is not left....Yitzhak Rabin was not left... I am not left," she said. Since the early 1980s violent Likud campaigns, "left" is a curse in Hebrew. On political issues, she presented a New Labor which looks like a Likud copycat. Does she expect to get votes in such a way? Why should a Likud member vote for her, if he can vote for Netanyahu? Will he do that due to her better hair-styling?
This is when Ms. Yachimovich returned to her roots. She joined the Knesset due to the long shifts of the Superpharm workers. She hopes to be catapulted into her own government by promising to be Likud while solving the social protests plaguing Israel since early 2011. She presented an economic plan that promises substantial expenses on social issues; unluckily the sources for the proposed massive investment are unclear. Aware of her slim chance, she said, "the chance I'll sit with Lieberman [in the government] are infinitesimal." In Hebrew politics, this reads, "Lieberman, I am awaiting your call, I accept the settlement budget." Netanyahu's next Coalition War is set.
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