!! ~ Bibi Wins ~ !!

From Breitbart:

While this is a slim margin and a bit early and with some trepidation in posting this, here comes the possible Dewey-Truman story of 2015.

AFP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apparently defied the mainstream media and the Obama administration with a stunning, come-from-behind victory in Israel’s elections on Tuesday. Netanyahu’s Likud Party had been projected to lose to Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Union by a margin of 26-22. Two exit polls released at the close of voting, however, suggested Likud would win, 28-27 (a third poll showed them tied). Netanyahu is now expected to form a new governing coalition.

The results suggest that the race shifted dramatically in the last few days, as Netanyahu opted for an all-in, “gevalt” effort to rally his supporters.

Netanyahu had three messages: first, that if Israelis wanted him to return to power, they would have to vote for his party; second, that he would not allow a Palestinian state to be created despite earlier commitments; third, that foreign donors and governments were mobilizing Arab voters, including some who oppose Israel’s existence, to turn out.

It was a blunt, ugly message that may create future political and diplomatic problems for Netanyahu, but it appears to have worked.

Meanwhile, the mainstream media are at a loss for words. They had expected Netanyahu to lose, perhaps even by a wide enough margin to put Herzog in the pole position to form a new government. They had expected economic issues to trump security issues, which were Netanyahu’s focus. And they expected far stronger Arab turnout (as did Netanyahu).

Herzog did put up a good fight, and will have cemented his leadership role in the opposition while building an international profile. The real loser is President Barack Obama, who undoubtedly hoped for a poor showing by Netanyahu. And the even bigger loser is the Iranian regime, who will now face an emboldened Israeli leader who made the case for his re-election on the grounds of strong public opposition to the generous terms of the nuclear deal that Obama is negotiating with Iran.

The most important immediate consequence of the election is that Netanyahu’s defense minister, Moshe “Bogey” Ya’alon, is likely to retain his post. A thorn in the side of Secretary of State John Kerry, whom he called “messianic,” Ya’alon is one of the few military planners in the western world with a grasp on the strategic realities of the Middle East. He has been a counsel of patience for Netanyahu, advising him not to waste resources on Hamas while Iran still looms as the enemy.

Netanyahu will also have some compromises to make en route to forming a new coalition. He will likely have to deliver on his promise to hand control over the finance ministry to one of his rivals, for example. And this may be his final term in office, given how close he came to defeat.

snoopy-happy-danceYet the importance of his victory cannot be diminished. It is the biggest media surprise since “Dewey Defeats Truman”–a remarkable feat in today’s environment of big data, big media and big money.

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You know what the best part is?? O is stomping and throwing a fit right now because all the money, time and work he put into defeating him was wasted.

You guys join me in doing a little happy dance for both Bibi’s victory and for O’s loss.

~Kathy

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17 Responses to !! ~ Bibi Wins ~ !!

  1. Grouchy says:

    Bibi may face Problems in the future. “It was a blunt, ugly message that may create future political and diplomatic problems for Netanyahu, but it appears to have worked.”
    BUT I am sure that with Israel and the whole of the Middle East at an historic cross-roads in our time – I’m sure he would rather put the conflagration behind him, and face the remaining hot spots as they flare up.

    Bibi, in so very many ways, is in the line of the Israeli Leadership from the founding of Israel as a Nation in 1948. I compare his stature to that of Rabin, Sharon, Meir, and Ben-Gurion. But that’s my personal take.

    May Benjamin Netanyahu Live Long and Prosper~!

  2. vonMesser says:

    Biggest problems here is the fact that Israel has a large multi-party parliamentarian system.
    Parliamentarian system means you do not vote for the person. You vote for the political party.
    They then see how many seats each party has won.
    Then the party determines who will fill those seats.
    THEN, if one party has 51% of the vote, they apportion all the ministers – including the Prime Minister and the President.
    If no party has a complete majority, the serious politicking begins, as the various party jockey to form a coalition (I’ll vote with you if you give me 2 minister positions…..I’ll vote with you but I want the Minister of Defense position…..etc).

    This means that even if Likud comes out on top in the coalition, Bibi might not be the PM as part of an agreement to get the coalition formed.

    With the large number of political parties, it might take 8 or 10 different ones to form the government. (I lived in Iceland – they had 22 parties large enough to be regularly represented in the Althing, and another dozen or so that would get together and garner enough support to get one or even 2 people in. The “Women’s List Coalition – Aðila Kevenna – was a conglomeration of 4 or 5 radical/lesbian/feminist micro parties that usually got 2 people into the government)

    • Kathy says:

      Thanks for adding that info, VM. It tells you just how messy things can get with so many parties involved – Bibi’s got his work cut out for him.

  3. shycommentor says:

    Hurray!!! I’m doing the happy dance, Kathy! (In my mind anyway)
    Thank you for the artical! I haven’t been watching the news, today I was babysitting, home school, and visiting and cooking meals and encouraging the elderly, I am exhausted! I check my phone when I can.
    But this was Great news!
    Thanks Kathy! Yippy!!!

  4. Clyde says:

    While this is preliminary good news, as vM pointed out, it isn’t quite over yet. I do think, given the gravity of the situation Israel finds herself in, that Netanyahu, by his REFUSAL to cave to the Obama Regime, would be the most likely choice, EXCEPT by the Israeli left. Hope this settles out in BiBi’s favor.

  5. Hardnox says:

    I hope this early news hold true, especially in light of this kicking Putt in the nuts.

    The left is portraying Bibi’s comment as racist concerning Arab voters. Of course none of them noticed that Arabs can actually vote in Israel. Morons!

  6. tannngl says:

    I watched live this afternoon as Israeli internet TV debated and criticized Netanyahu. Then they had to admit defeat. The news media there was liberal as well!

    Twitter has been all a-twitter!
    Here’s the latest at 9:40PM:
    i24news_EN ‏@i24news_EN 2m2 minutes ago
    #i24elections: With 75% of the votes counted: Likud 31, Zionist Union 24, Yesh Atid 11, Joint Arab List 11, Kulanu 9 http://i24ne.ws/Kt3Rt

    Great post, Kathy. I’ve been doing my happy dance and thanking God all afternoon!

    • Blessed B. says:

      If Likud has 31% of the votes already…then Bibi will be the PM of Israel once again.
      So good to hear that obi’s influence fell flat on it’s face into a patty of camel dung! I expect the same results here in Canada in the Fall election.

      Polls have been off the mark in quite a few countries now…. for the past two years here in Canada they haven’t got one right Provincially!

      Doing my happy dance too! 🙂

  7. upaces88 says:

    Tanning! I am right there with you on that happy dance!!

  8. I.R. Wayright says:

    Apparently team Obama couldn’t get enough dead people interested in voting.

  9. CW says:

    >>”…a remarkable feat in today’s environment of big data, big media and big money.”

    And big cheating, no doubt.

    Congratulations to the people of Israel. Although the closeness of the election is worrisome, they dodged a bullet. Sadly, some people need to take that bullet in order to finally appreciate the people who make freedom and security possible for the rest of us.

    The Snoopy happy dance is the perfect compliment to your post, Kathy. This was a moral victory for people everywhere in the world who value truth over lies, reality over fantasy and strength over capitulation.

    • Kathy says:

      Israel came out on top – this time. That O would stoop so low as to influence their elections tells us Bibi was right about him in his speech to the House. O’s indeed playing the game of thrones and just lost a battle.

  10. Just Gene says:

    If Bibi loses in the political mishmash, it might be great for the US – since birth certificates no longer have meaning, Bibi is welcome here to run for President.
    luvya

  11. gunnyginalaska says:

    THIS is the kind of leader America needs.

    After graduating from high school (in the USA) in 1967, Netanyahu returned to Israel to enlist in the IDF. He trained as a combat soldier and became a team leader in an elite special forces unit of the IDF, Sayeret Matkal. He took part in numerous cross-border assault raids during the 1969–70 War of Attrition. He was wounded in combat on multiple occasions. He was involved in many other missions, including Operation Inferno (1968), and the rescue of the hijacked Sabena Flight 571 in May 1972 in which he was shot in the shoulder.

    After his army service, Netanyahu returned to the United States in late 1972 to study architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He returned to Israel in October 1973 to serve in the Yom Kippur War for a 40-day period. While there, he fought in special forces raids along the Suez Canal, as well as leading a commando team deep into Syrian territory.

    I’m guessing that Bibi can produce his birth certificate as well as his college transcripts. We got screwed with a cheesedick , the Lyin Hawaiian.