Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.) Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching. She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:
Ramon, Itzik both seek out Olmert in attempt to oust PM; Livni, Ramon contemplate forming new party for broad center-left bloc. Wooing and power plays began to emerge in the political arena on Wednesday, less than a day after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced early elections. Among the speculation was a possible return to politics by former prime minister Ehud Olmert, who some believe could revitalize a fragmented and shrinking Left.
For some strange reason, I can't stop seeing in my mind that great Tango by Al Pacino and Gabrielle Anwar in "A Scent of a Woman."
Now we're starting to enter the complicated pre-election time in Israel when it's hard to keep track of the politicians without an erasable scorecard.
Just like in sports, nowadays there's very little player loyalty to teams, athletes will play for any team, as long as it's the highest bidder, many or even most Israeli politicians will sign with the party that offers them the biggest promises of the most elite and powerful positions.
I'm just warning you to be prepared for all sorts of schennanigans. This will actually continue until someone, the head of one of the political parties--most probably sitting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu-- succeeds in forming a government aka building a coalition.
It's now barely the middle of October, and Netanyahu has announced that he's "closing shop" and getting ready to build another one in about three months. He has picked a good time. The students who were very helpful to the anti-government demonstrations and happenings just over a year ago are just now starting their academic year. No too many can afford to waste a semester campaigning for the Left. The Americans, especially the Clintons who were so instrumental to Ehud Barak's victory over Netanyahu a good decade ago are busy trying to get their Barack Hussein Obama reelected. They can't afford to waste their time and energies on Barak, who's pretty tarnished and pathetic as Prime Minister hopeful.
Even though the Likud party isn't all that popular, all of the polls show that the public sees no reliable and capable alternative to Binyamin Netanyahu. Nobody in the opposition to the Left of the Likud inspires enough confidence outside of the confirmed Leftists and the situation on the Right is even worse.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been working hard for years to position himself safely in the center. The two extremes, Right and Left, disagree with him most of the time, but the general public is "Center" and they are satisfied with Bibi as Prime Minister.