Is Bibi about to throw away another election?

Zalmi Unsdorfer,

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Zalmi Unsdorfer
A Religious Zionist who advocates for Israel as a writer, TV & panel commentator. Chair of Likud-UK, he supports Jewish resettlement in all of the Jewish homeland, Eretz Israel. He regularly tweets @zalmiu...

Latest news is that Netanyahu is reaching out to coalition partners Lapid and Livni to see if a working relationship can be salvaged to keep his government going.

What is it about Bibi that he always seems to hitch himself to losers?

In May 2012 the polls had Likud poised for a landslide victory when Netanyahu snatched defeat from  the jaws of victory with a partnership deal with Kadima irrelevancy Shaul Mofaz.

Within the few months is took for that partnership to fall apart, Likud’s lead evaporated and gave vital time for TV star Yair Lapid to prepare a new party to oppose Likud.

Then when elections became inevitable, Bibi latched himself to another loser: Lieberman. A man whose Russian electoral support had long peaked as immigrants assimilated into national party affiliations. That joint-list deal cost Likud half its cabinet postings for virtually nothing in return.

Then, after the election, Bibi rehabilitated another Kadima loser: Tzipi Livni. It’s no secret she has been a thorn in his side ever since, and for no apparent value in return.

Now, as the right-wing parties loyal to the Land of Israel and its Jewish ethos are polling such excellent numbers, Netanyahu is again hesitant and appears lacking in the self-confidence necessary to seize the majority that is within his grasp. He wants more talks with his partners in this clearly broken coalition - Lapid, Lieberman and Livni – all of whom stand to lose the most if an election were held tomorrow.

By doing this Netanayahu will again see his poll lead evaporate for nothing than the short term benefit of a few months of possible peace and quiet.

It was wholly improper for the Obama people to call Netanyahu chicken**** on Iran.

But when it comes to elections, maybe they'd be right.

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