All quiet on the coalition front?
Usually after elections here, the news is just full of information and statements and posturing by party leaders as the leader tasked with trying to form a coalition enters into negotiations with other parties. It has been unusually quiet this time around. The biggest ‘excitement’ has been Bennet’s claim that he won’t join a coalition unless Lapid’s Yesh Atid party is included and Shelly Yachimovich (Labour) saying they will definitely not enter a coalition with Bibi. Her position is that Labour was diminished by joining the coalition last time and so being in the opposition is the better option. Perhaps she should take a look at how well Kadima fared taking that position –they were lucky to squeak out 2 seats in this election.
I think ultimately the coalition is going to be Likud/Beitanu with Habayit HaYehudi, Yesh Atid, and Shas despite all the behind the scenes squabbling that is undoubtedly going on.
Mostly our news has been filled with the whole Prisoner X story or non-story. Yeah, the guy was in jail, yeah he was in jail under a pseudonym for security reasons, but his family knew what was going on and he had full legal counsel and representation. Clearly he was in jail for actions that jeopardized national security. I don’t see what the big deal is.