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Monday, August 08, 2005

Bibi's Resignation

This has been covered already my many bloggers and MSM sources, but just a few thoughts on Bibi's resignation. I support his right to quit a government that he feels he cannot see eye to eye with. I don't like his timing, though. His leaving now strikes a blow to the government on the eve of the pullout. In addition, his evacuating his post as finance minister before he completed many of the reforms he began to institute can't possibly be healthy for Israel's economy. If he did this because his convictions prevent him from serving on a government that is so at odds with his views, why did he wait until now?
It was clear that this cabinet vote was not going to derail the disengagement. The vote was strongly in favor of going ahead with it. Bibi's claim that he waited until the results of this vote ring somewhat hollow. Some are saying that he left yesterday to avoid getting lambasted for the disastrous poverty report published today by the National Insurance Institution of Israel showing huge increases in poverty rates since Netanyahu has been in office.
It's also hard not to view this action as the move of an opportunist. Leaving the government right before the disengagement can only help his political chances of getting right-wing support in any election that follows the pullout.
I find it difficult not to view his exit as abandonment.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it hard to take your left wing bias.

10:18 AM  
Blogger orthomom said...

Uh, ok.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

I used to be a big Bibi fan but not anymore. This move is all politics, nothing at all about doing the right thing.

11:36 AM  
Blogger ClooJew said...

I don't take it as abandonment; I take it, lulei demistafina, as his announcement to be running for party leader at the next election (or before).

I'm still waiting for Bibi to clean up the Israeli economy. When he was PM, I was so optomistic about him doing that, but then came the Intifada, and that drained all the resources.

12:23 PM  
Blogger ClooJew said...

PS,

Dont you just LOOOOVE to get criticism from "Anon"s?

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Bibi to clean up the Israeli economy"

how so?
-a.s.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous bishul akum said...

I find it difficult not to view his exit as abandonment
ortho i am with you on this one Bibi talks tough but he is an oppurtunist of the first order

1:47 PM  
Anonymous bishul akum said...

Bibi is a bag of hot air whatever way the wind is blowing he followes that

1:52 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Yes, Bishul, I think you're right. I was living in Israel for part of his time as prime minister and the main thing that impressed me about him was his incompetence. He talked a good line (he's a good public speaker) but his implementation was terrible. He also did not stand up for his convictions (which for me was good, since I am significantly to his left, but infuriated many of his right-wing supporters). I don't think he's trustworthy.

2:37 PM  
Blogger ari said...

Its like cool jew said, he is doing it to take over the right. Many see this as his chance to take over likud and render Sharon powerless.

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Boris Fishman said...

Hi. I'm sorry to blog off-topic. I'm a journalist, working on a story for the Boston Globe about how the color orange has been taken up by Gush Katif sympathizers here in the States. It's a light-hearted, apolitical take on an otherwise serious political issue. I read with interest the thread that followed OrthoMom's recent post on the subject, and was wondering if anyone else has stories about the quandaries faced by those who have wished to demonstrate support for one side or the other, for instance, say, a particularly grueling search for an orange skirt before a rally, or something. This has been more of an issue in Israel, where orange just happens to have been the "in" color this season until the fashionistas abandoned it because of the political associations, but I thought I'd try. I would be grateful for any thoughts at borisfishman@gmail.com. Again, apologies for intruding, and many thanks. Yours, Boris

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many know that Bibi changed his name to Nitai when he was in MIT,was married to a non-Jew, didn't really associate with other Jews when he was in MIT-unlike other chiloni Israelis. He only went back to Israel after his brother was killed in Entebbe to become a macher. He is excellent at PR-bit doesn't have a bone of integrity in him. Not at all like his father who wrote the standard biography of the Abarbanel.

7:45 AM  
Anonymous uncle moishy said...

Wow. I didn't know that (assuming it's true, of course; can't put too much stock in anything anonymous says).

In general, I agree with the consensus expressed here, that this move was purely opportunistic. Bibi is setting himself up to run against Sharon in the next Likud primary from Sharon's right. If he (Bibi) didn't bail now, he'd be stuck in the middle between Sharon and the genuine right-wing Likudniks (i.e., those who have opposed disengagement from the start). He probably should've bailed sooner, but I'm guessing he was afraid to stake out an anti-disengagement position for fear that disengagement might garner more popular support nationwide than the 60-40 split that seems to be holding steady now.

Daydreaming in the shower last night, I imagined a scenario where Bibi beat Sharon in the next Likud primary, but then Sharon responded by bolting to Labor (remember, a million yrs ago, Sharon was a Haganah-man), possibly joined by some other Likud defectors (e.g., Olmert, who may be the only politician in Israel oily enough to slide into Bibi's shoes) and what's left of Shinui. Labor would then make Sharon its PM candidate by acclamation and sweep to victory (kinda the way Mayor Lindsay won reelection on the Liberal party line in 1969). And while Sharon may be turning 80 years old by then, he'll still be younger than Shimon Peres!

2:57 PM  
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