The Next Israeli Coalition
By Micah Halpern
Thursday February 12, 2009
After an election the president of Israel has one task:
The job of the president is mostly ceremonial, but this one responsibility is enormous:
Following this election there are only two possibilities:
Here is the dilemma:
Shas is not a right party, they are a social party interested in social services for their constituency. They have several issues that put them to the right but others that have them on the left. Shas can go both ways.
Lieberman, of Yisrael Beitaynu, has already shown that he can be in a coalition with Kadima, he has done it not once but twice. The flip side is that Lieberman and Netanyahu despise one another, even though Lieberman came of political age under Netanyahu's tutelage.
Netanyahu and Likud have much to gain by trying to set up the coalition, but Netanyahu is as disliked by as many members of his own party as he is by members of other parties and a lot of coalition cobbling boils down to personalities.
The president will take this all under consideration.
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