Oh Shit! Looks like it's Netanyahu. Let the games begin
by MainStreet, Thu Feb 19, 2009 at 07:52:34 AM EST
This story from the Associated Press (via MSNBC) sent shivers down the spines of every human rights activist here and in the Middle East. It will be more of the same, as Netanyahu is now favored to take over the government, even though confrontation with the Obama administration has been made inevitable.
And Shimon Peres, the sham peacenik President of Israel, is out there in right wing drag showing his true colors. It was up to him to bring together a coalition of parties to lead the country forward, not backward.
Netanyahu set for power after far-right backing is the title of the story.
Subtitle: Israeli ultranationalists endorse ex-PM for role he lost a decade ago
JERUSALEM - Far-right politician Avigdor Lieberman endorsed Benjamin Netanyahu for Israeli prime minister on Thursday, all but guaranteeing that Netanyahu will be the country's next leader. The divisive Lieberman emerged as the kingmaker of Israeli politics after the Feb. 10 election produced a deadlock between its two largest parties, and his backing of Netanyahu could be the basis for a hardline government.
Such a government could freeze peace talks with the Palestinians, hurt Israel's standing in the world and place it on a possible collision course with President Barack Obama, who has said Mideast peacemaking will be a top priority of his administration.
Lieberman announced his decision in a meeting with President Shimon Peres, who is holding consultations with political parties this week before choosing a candidate to form a government. If Peres names Netanyahu, then Netanyahu will have six weeks to work out a deal with other parties to create a coalition. Lieberman has raised eyebrows around the world with his calls to make Israel's Arab minority swear loyalty to the state or lose their citizenship.
Netanyahu has been an open critic of current peace talks with the Palestinians, refuses to withdraw any settlements in the Palestinian territories to permit a Palestinian state to emerge, supports a undivided Israeli controlled Jerusalem, no right of return for Palestinians who became refugees after the 1948 ethnic cleansing, and recently stated that he would turn to his "natural" allies among the religious and nationalist parties in parliament. Presumably that would also include welcome a mat for the Christian Zionists he and Joe Lieberman courted these past few years.
Netanyahu's inevitable role in Israel's history will be the leader who dragged Israel into a formal state of Apartheid.
Who says that Jimmy Carter did not know what he was talking about?