Thursday, February 21, 2013

If Elections Were Held Today, Yair Lapid Would be Prime Minister of Israel

Just yesterday, I wrote that if new elections were called in Israel if Bibi was unable to form a government that Likud voters who went with Yesh Atid and Jewish Home would go back to Likud.  Well, so much for that.  According to a new poll that just came out, if elections were held today, Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid would have 30 seats in the Knesset and Likud would go down to 22 from 31.  Jewish Home would also go from 12 to 15 seats.  This would put Yair Lapid in a good position to form a new government.  What's really amazing about this is that Yair Lapid has zero political experience, spending his entire career as a journalist.  It's the equivalent of a Brian Williams becoming President of the United States without even holding a Congressional seat or any other post in government before.  All I can think of is that this is a mix of star power and that people may be so sick of Bibi's BS that if a right of center politician stands up to him, they immediately capture the hearts and minds of Israeli voters.  

This is what Bibi gets for arrogantly calling elections early.  Nobody, not even he, can predict the future in politics especially Israeli politics. What's worrisome was that this was an especially bad time to play craps with Israel's future with Iran on the verge of the nuclear thershold and an anti-semitic, anti-Israel maniac like Chuck Hagel on the verge of having control of the US Defense Department.

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