Tuesday, February 24, 2009

National unity

Finance Minister Roni Bar-On - a snake just like most other politicians, but to me he seems to be a very gifted and smart one; no, we are not related, as far as I am aware - said what I have been thinking for the last two weeks, ever since the election results became known: "National unity can be expressed from the opposition as well." Tzippi Livni should have said right after the elections something like this: "Kadima received more votes than any other party, but we will not join a nationalist right-wing government, because our views on most issues totally contradict those of the National Union, Shas, etc.. Still, we are a responsible party and will support any policy that in our view serves the economic, social and military interests of this country. What interests us is the future of this country, not a role in government at any price. We realize that I am virtually unable to form a government that would express the spirit of the election results, but we also think that national unity does not have to be synonymous with either political paralysis or forcing a large party to agree and cooperate with small, extremist parties just for the sake of an artificial unity. We wish Binyamin Nethanyahu all the best and will cooperate with him in any way that we think will be for the good of the country. We most probably will find a common ground as far as the economy, social issues, Iran etc. are concerned. Nevertheless, on some subjects - and we all know that the settlements and the establishment of a Palestinian state are the two most important among them - we might disagree with Bibi's government, and we will not hesitate to make our opposition on those subjects heard, in- and outside the Knesset. In the coming years we will try to convince the Israeli public that our vision is more realistic, and in the end offers Israel more security and hope, than that of the Likud." But hey, why would she listen to me? In politics, egos, political jobs - many former members of Likud and Labor joined Kadima to stay somehow in power, it will be hard for Livni to keep the party together and united if she is unable to give away jobs to prominent and less prominent party members - and images are more important than..., what was it that we are interested in? Oh yes, this country's interest and well-being. PS: Hours after posting this I read today's editorial in Ha'Aretz and a column ( the kind of comments that it attracts make me agree even more with its content ) by Gadi Taub, which say something similar to what I wanted to say this morning.

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