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Chess or Poker?

By Batya Medad
2/13/2009, 12:00 AM

It's almost Shabbat and I don't have much time.

It seems like the entire world is in suspense, wondering which Israeli party leader will succeed in forming a coalition.

Bibi, Tsippi or Lieberman?
 

Lieberman is playing a straight forward chess game. He made his move, spoke to the other two, heard their offers and stated his conditions. Then he went on vacation, hoping they would stew and come back with bigger and better offers. Everyone can see that.

 

But maybe Bibi and Tsippi are playing a different game. They don't seem to be panicky, not at all.

Maybe they're playing poker, and maybe they have a plan of their own.
 
Rumors are flying that they did the math I did. If they make a deal, they don't need all that much help to form a government. Labor and NRP are ripe for the taking. Both veteran Israeli parties are struggling to survive. NRP's numbers are so borderline that they probably won't make it into the next election's Knesset unless it unites with a strong party.
 
Just some food for thought...
 
Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach
May you have a peaceful and blessed Shabbat.