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THREAD: Israel believes a Trump/Rouhani meeting is a done deal. It is impossible to overstate the failure for Benjamin Netanyahu's claims regarding his statesmanship. Imagine for a moment Netanyahu's reaction had Obama announced his desire to meet Rouhani. haaretz.com/israel-news/ne…
Blue&White isn't blowing it up either because 1. they're still operating under the impression one does not criticise the prime minister about foreign affairs (lol) or 2. because they don't want to provoke the inevitable Trump/Netanyahu public kumbaya over Iran, if they criticise.
How stressed is Netanyahu? Speaking with his cabinet, the prime minister just confused Boris Johnson with Boris Yeltsin (RIP).
The same cabinet that just heard Netanyahu go on about Boris Yeltsin went ahead & unanimously backed Netanyahu's plan to defy the Electoral Commission & the AG & rush through a law allowing Likud activists to bring cameras into polling places in Arab localities.
Israeli president @RuviRivlin let out a big howl in defence of Israeli institutions
The right-wing opposition's Ayelet Shaked, a non-religious Tel Avivi hardline right-wing nationalist trying to win votes from settlers & from Lieberman, the unlikely new secular hero, says the demand for cameras is a Likud campaign gimmick.
Some background: there is zero (0) evidence of widespread (or thin-spread) voter fraud in the Arab sector in Israel. What there is, is a dissaffected Arab population who is voting less. Also, there is Yair Netanyahu.
More background, yesterday, Yair Netanyahu, the rising son, accused the late PM Rabin of "murdering Holocaust survivors" & of "bringing about the death of 2000 Israelis."
Among other things, Netanyahu jr's Holocaust accusation is, inconveniently factually untrue.
Netanyahu père responded "I do not agree with what my son Yair wrote regarding Yitzhak Rabin of blessed memory. Yair's positions are of his accord and his alone."
Question: Is is a "position" to falsely accuse a murdered Israeli prime minister of murdering Holocaust survivors?
Earlier this summer I wrote about Yair, the Israeli dauphin, who is 28, has no known employment & lives at public expense in the official residence, with mom & dad. latimes.com/world/la-fg-is…
With 9 days to go before #IsraElex19v2 Netanyahu wants the polling-place cameras front and center— not Gaza, not Iran, not Hezbollah, not Trump, not Johnson or Yeltsin.
In new video, Netanyahu says "@Gantzbe & @YairLapid want to steal the elections" & rule with Arab politicians @Ahmad_Tibi & @AyOdeh. He repeats "steal the vote" several times & says were it not for the robbery he could have formed a govetnment back in April. Provides 0 evidence.
Also providing zero evidence, & contradicting his party leader Shaked, ex-Education Minister Naftali Bennett said on @GLZRadio that he's "seen more voter fraud in non-Jewish communities."
Members of Israel's election commission are "concerned that election day will be marred if Netanyahu's zippy cameras-in-voting-booths law is passed" before election day.
Likud man @Zoharm7 is planning a Knesset runaround whereby he appoints himself head of a special committee to advance said law in defiance of all judicial opinions & all boards of scrutiny & "getting it on the books" within 3 days, in time for a final #IsraElex19v2 ad blitz.
All this happened today, plus, Rabin's son called on AG to "act against the incitement" & Labor leader Amir Peretz warned Yair Netanyahu to be careful because his "words are influential." #Staytuned. 9 days till #IsraElex19v2.
The Likud will table a bill deemed improper by every relevant authority, claiming the Supreme Court Justice who nixed it doesn't "fully address the problem of polling place fraud" that occurs in "a minority of polling stations part of the time, leaving a huge loophole for fraud."
In June, Netanyahu fired then Justice Min Shaked, replacing her with Amir Ohana. First thing he did was fire the ministry's top professional. Now says Ohana he is safeguarding election purity. "I respect the Attorney General - but I was not convinced by his reasoning..."
#Breaking: It is almost midnight. AG Avichai Mandelblitt, a Netanyahu appointee, is arguing to the Knesset that Netanyahu's cameras law is "unconstitutional & grants the Likud a significant advantage above other parties."
In Haifa, Israel's most mixed Arab/Jewish city, opposition head Benny Gantz says "Netanyahu is trying to conceal his failure regarding Hamas by accusing Israeli citizens of falsifying the elections. Anyone who does not vote or who votes for a small party is a vote for Netanyahu."
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