Weekly Election Update: Stupid Controversies Abound

  • A new, fantastically ridiculous controversy has hit the coalition. 14,000 new apartments were approved for the Palestinian city of Qalqilya. Ministers in the coalition are accusing Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman of giving approval for these buildings without a vote. That would be quite the scandal if the plan wasn’t approved by vote last September in the Security Cabinet. The ministers are claiming that Lieberman never explicitly explained the plans that were voted on in order to pass the plan. Prime Minister Netanyahu is claiming that he has no recollection of voting on the plan and that he intends to halt building until it is brought up once again. On the other hand, his office said that the plan was approved in the security cabinet…What a country! Continue reading “Weekly Election Update: Stupid Controversies Abound”

Weekly Election Update: Labor Debate Diary Edition

Normal people didn’t watch the Labor leadership debate, instead opting to view the two minutes of highlights. I am not normal. If you want to watch here’s a link.

Cast of Characters:

The Front Runners:

Incumbent Isaac “40 degree day” Herzog, Former Labor Head Amir “Remember Me?” Peretz, Former Minister in the Current Government Avi “Trojan Horse” Gabai

The Others:

MK Erel “Erel Margalit” Margalit, MK Omer “I’m here too” Bar-Lev, and Mr. Security Amiram Levin
Continue reading “Weekly Election Update: Labor Debate Diary Edition”

Weekly Election Update: Labor Primaries get Testy and Aryeh Deri Aryeh Deris


  • New polls! The polls mostly reinforced what we already knew. However, one has the Zionist Union (12) gaining two seats back from Yesh Atid (22) and the Likud (30) gaining 3 seats plus back from Bayit Yehudi (9). The poll was Likud’s strongest performance in some time, even though it only predicted that they maintain their current seats. Another poll gave the Zionist Union 15 seats in the hypothetical situation where Ehud Barak is leading the party, a huge improvement. The Labor Party! Where the failed leaders of the past who helped burn the party to the ground are the new leaders of tomorrow. Continue reading “Weekly Election Update: Labor Primaries get Testy and Aryeh Deri Aryeh Deris”