Thursday, March 06, 2008

Dry Bones on Israel's View of the U.S. Elections

Israelis follow the American Presidential election with keen interest, but naturally their real political interest lies closer to home. Dry Bones expresses the frustration of many Israelis with a Prime Minister whose popularity fell within statistical error range of zero percent, and still refused to resign, and with Knesset members so craven and desperate to retain power that they refuse to pass a vote of no confidence in a government in which the public has lost all confidence, because then the Knesset members themselves would have to face new elections. A recent poll in Israel showed only 19% of respondents in favor of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert not resigning. " And yet," Kirschner comments, "the disgraced and fumbling Israeli Prime Minister continues to hold onto power, trying to negotiate away Jerusalem to the Palestinians and unable to defend our civilians from the Hamas bombs."

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