By Uri Avnery*
25 April 2015
It is a rather disgusting spectacle.
The Israeli Right has won a crushing election victory. (On closer examination, the victory was not quite so crushing. Indeed, there was no victory at all.
The crushing victory of Likud was achieved only at the expense of other rightist parties.) The Rightist bloc together has not advanced at all.
To form a majority coalition, it needs the party of Moshe Kahlon, the majority of whose voters are more leftist than rightist.
Kahlon could easily have been persuaded to join a leftist coalition, if the leader of the Labor Party, Yitzhak Herzog, had been a more resolute personality.
Be that as it may, Binyamin Netanyahu is now busy trying to construct his government. That’s where the disgust comes in.
A FIGHT is going on. A fight of all against all. A fight without rules or limits. Everyone wants to be a minister. Everybody in Likud and the other prospective coalition parties. Politicians galore.
And not just any minister. Ministries are not equal. Some are more prestigious, some less. One cannot compare the all-important Ministry of the Treasury (already promised to Kahlon) with the Ministry of the Environment, despised by each and all.