Netanyahu’s Party Down by 23 Percent After Unpopular Ceasefire

A majority of Israelis opposed the fake ceasefire that Obama forced the country to accept. And the latest election polls show it.

Netanyahu’s conservative Likud Party is down from 43 seats to 33 of the 120 Knesset (parliamentary) seats. (Another poll shows them taking 37) These numbers are even worse when you consider that the dubious decision to merge with Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Is Our Home). This was a panicked response to the supposed rise of a united left party that never came about.

Meanwhile Israel’s political landscape looks incredibly weird right now now.

The Labor Party that once dominated Israel and controlled nearly all political and economic life is back from the brink of death and hanging around at 24 seats. Much as I would have liked to see them die, they’re not quite dead yet.

Kadima (Forward), the fake third party created by Sharon and Olmert, made up of defectors from Likud and Labor, is finally dead. But it’s being replaced by another fake third party, Yesh Atid (There is a Future), fronted by talking head princeling Yair Lapid.

Israel has a tradition of fake third parties that pretend to be centrist, but are actually pushing the unpopular leftist agenda by pretending to be centrist and above the fray, while mixing together phony social justice claims, anti-religious slogans and calls for stronger security and more peace. Yesh Atid is another of the bunch. It’s fake as a three-dollar bill, but with media backing it has managed to convince enough voters to get up to 11 seats. That’s too many. But Yesh Atid will be gone in 4-5 years.

Otzma LYisrael, the conservative alternative to Likud, is shown pulling in 4 seats. There have been many attempts at building a genuine conservative alternative to the Likud, but they never get past a handful of seats.

Meretz, the far left, gets 6 seats. Then there’s Am Shalem (One Nation), which I don’t know what to make of, pulling in 3 seats. Rabbi Amsalem is a reformer who broke with the ridiculously corrupt and dysfunctional Shas Party, whose greed and amorality is largely responsible for Israel’s political situation today. With Aryeh Deri, a felon, back running things, Shas is polling at 10 seats.

Deri has probably done as much damage to Israel as Arafat, but his ability to fool Jewish voters from Arab countries into going along with Shas, with a mixture of handouts and cult-like tactics, and has announced that Shas will court the Arab vote. If Am Shalem can make some headway in countering Deri-Shas among Sefardi voters, then he might be the man who can make a real difference for the country.

  • Arlie

    I was not aware of how the the Israeli government parties were leaning. Thank you again Mr. Greenfield for your assessment, which I trust is true. Since the definition of democracy is "mob rule" that is what is unfolding. The public is misinformed by the purchased corrupted media and/or fraud or bribery or terror. People no longer know right from wrong and are now voting survival of self rather than survival of a free country for all. People are being tricked by so called "social justice" which is actually "mob rule" which will lead to bondage not to individual freedom as granted by our Creator. The corrupt elected officials make "laws" that condemn….Laws do not Save…Laws can only Condemn. Be careful of the man you vote for because it has been shown that Tyranny results from man ruling man unless God is FIRST.

  • Joyce

    The simple solution would be to be done with this nonsense once and for all; but can Israel withstand all the condemnation from the world? Israel shows immense restraint is its ability to finish off the job with Hamas and others.

  • AdinaK

    AND another thing. To really understand the heretofore inexplicable, re' this party or that party', please see the underlying reasons, as to why Israel's gov't is such a disaster –… an op-ed this blogger penned regarding our electoral dysfunction. You can't make this stuff up.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel –

  • Mary Sue

    Man it sounds like Israeli voters are caught between a rock and a hard place. :(

  • PaulRevereNow

    So WHY did Netanyahu, Barak, and Lieberman agree to this cease-fire?

  • JacksonPearson

    I like Bibi, but I believe he or whoever influenced him made a huge miscalculation on this one.

    His first and foremost obligation are to his people and not world opinion. Hamas are NOT going to become choirboys overnight, nor are their pledge to the destruction of Israel going to magically vanish.