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So, it’s a year since the general election that resulted in the current Israeli government. Are Israelis happy with the outcome? How would they vote today?
If you cast your mind back a year, the now-ruling Likud didn’t actually “win” the election — a fact the whole world seems to have forgotten. The largest party was Kadima, which received 28 of the Knesset’s 120 mandates. Likud received 27, but given that, it was able to pull together a working coalition led the government. If new elections were held now, Likud could be confident of a clear win. According to a new Haaretz-Dialog poll, partly published here, Likud would now return to the Knesset with 35 mandates, while Kadima’s head-count would drop to 26.
So they say that an army marches on its stomach. Is the success of the Israeli cabinet also based on its nourishment?
There are clear similarities between feeding an army and feeding the Israeli cabinet, most obviously the sheer quantity of food required. In Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s panic to pull together a coalition, he doled out ministerial posts left right and center, meaning that the country has the largest cabinet ever.
You may have heard about the White House fly. But have you heard about the Knesset cockroach?
Shas secretary Tzvika Yakobson discovered the roach in his meal on Tuesday. The unkosher bug caused the Knesset management to close the two kosher meat cafeterias immediately for inspection and kashering.
It’s just days after the general election, and Likud and Kadima are at it again — arguing over the issue of territory.
But if you’re getting the impression that the two parties have stopped bickering over who won the election and started talking about Israel’s peacemaking policy, you are mistaken. Instead, think teen movies and specifically the turf wars over who gets the best table in the cafeteria.
One Member of the Knesset issued an ethics claim against himself after he got into a drunken argument with nightclub security guards; another MK attempted to diagnose a “sexual perversion”; still another was arrested for smuggling 25,000 Ecstasy tablets into Israel. And a fellow parliamentarian delivered a moving eulogy for a colleague who was still alive.
These incidents rank among the “Top 33 Most Embarrassing Moments in Knesset History,” which Dalia Karpel of Haaretz compiled in today’s paper.