“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Leader of GOP Likuds Force, Bibi Netanyahu, is Losing His Marbles

JERUSALEM — Benjamin Netanyahu launched an 11th-hour attempt to rally right-wing support and retain power Sunday as he claimed an international conspiracy was attempting to topple his government.
Speaking ahead of a rally in Tel Aviv just two days before a general election that polls show his Likud party to be in danger of losing, Mr. Netanyahu said there was a concerted “worldwide” effort to unseat him.
He accused the international media and “leftist organizations” of co-ordinating a plot funded to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. The goal was to install a left-wing government led by the Zionist Union opposition, which, he said, would bow to foreign pressure by evacuating settlements, surrendering territory in the West Bank, and dividing Jerusalem, which both Israel and the Palestinians claim as their capital.
In an extraordinary message posted on Facebook, the prime minister wrote: “The government of the right is in danger. Leftist activists and the foreign and international media are conspiring to get Tzipi and Buji [Tzipi Livni and Isaac Herzog, the joint leaders of the Zionist Union] elected via illegitimate means, using innuendo and foreign money.
“Those foreign organizations understand that if Tzipi and Buji are in charge, they will give up everything. They’ll withdraw to the 1967 boundaries and they will divide Jerusalem — just as Tzipi and Buji promised they would do. They know that unlike Tzipi and Buji, the Likud and I will never surrender to pressure.”
In the message he also implicated Noni Mozes, the publisher of Israel’s biggest-selling newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, in the alleged campaign, which he labelled “Anyone but Bibi [Mr Netanyahu’s popular nickname].”
He told an Israeli radio station that the campaign against him was being funded from Scandinavia, while Yuval Steintz, his close ally and Israel’s intelligence and strategic affairs minister, said money was also flowing in from the United States.
Mr. Netanyahu’s claims were bolstered by Israel Hayom, a mass circulation free newspaper that supports him and is owned by Sheldon Adelson, an American casino tycoon who is close to the prime minister.
The paper reported that a U.S. Senate committee planned to investigate allegations that an American non-profit organization, OneVoice, had broken the law by funding another group that had been campaigning for a change of government in Israel.
The allegations of foreign interference — whatever their substance — was calculated to appeal to nationalist voters, many of whom are believed to be considering deserting Likud for smaller right-wing parties.
Mr. Netanyahu’s desire to woo voters on the right was illustrated by his decision to speak at last night’s rally, to which thousands of settlers were expected to be bused in from the West Bank.


  1. The Netanyahu campaign assumed the prime minister would get a bump in support after his speech before a joint meeting of Congress two weeks ago, when he directly challenged President Obama and warned that the United States was about to sign a disastrous pact that would not halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    His supporters boasted of his Churchillian skills as a master orator. Their high hopes were raised as a rapturous Congress gave him repeated standing ovations.

    Yet the speech did little to move the electorate – even as it angered the White House and congressional Democrats and undermined bipartisan relations between Israel and its closest ally.

  2. I support The President of the United States.

  3. Bibi is right.

    The F-ing Democratic Party USA, the American wing of the Iranian Al Quds Force, has agents and cash on the ground in Israel doing their very best to swing the election against Bibi, the Leader of the Free World, on the orders of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Obama as I type.

    They even have a specialized political word for these subversives in other peoples affairs - "Democratic Political Operatives".

    They were sent to Israel on the explicit orders of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Obama some months ago and have been working the media, the streets, and greasing the money men ever since.

    It is despicable.

    1. If you pay the very slightest attention to the news you would have known this months ago.

    2. Admit it, Deuce. The basics of what I am saying are true. And you know it. And everybody else does too.

    3. Obama’s campaign field director to lead Israeli electio... Cached

      ... so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election ... Obama political operative to ... Obama campaign operative Jeremy Bird Israel, ...

      Obama sends 5-man team to Israel to defeat Netanyahu in... Cached

      Jan 27, 2015 · Obama sends 5-man team to Israel to defeat ... foreign GOVERNMENT inserting political operatives into our electoral process to influence an election.

      The Obama Strategist Who Could Break Israeli Elections... › News › Israel election 2015

      ... V15 could carry influence in the upcoming election. With the ... That victory helped Obama to clinch the Democratic ... Obama send men to change election out ...

      Obama Campaign Team in Israel to Coach Anti-Netanyahu... Cached

      A team of President Obama's political operatives arrived in Israel to ... A team of President Obama's political operatives arrived ... Democratic primary election ...

      Obama Sends Political Team To Israel To Defeat... Cached

      Jan 27, 2015 · Obama Sends Political Team To Israel To ... V15 could carry influence in the upcoming election. ... That victory helped Obama to clinch the Democratic ...

      Obama, Netanyahu spat seeps into Israeli election -... Cached

      Mar 13, 2015 · ... was to "avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election ... Obama administration is now sending ... political operatives and ...

      Speaking Of Trying To Overthrow Democratically Elected... Cached

      ... now we see Obama doing it to our ally Israel. ... sending his political operatives to influence ... Obama's willingness to overthrow democratic ...

      Is it appropriate for Obama to send political operative... Cached

      Mar 05, 2015 · Is it appropriate for Obama to send political operatives to Israel ... to gather support for his own upcoming election. He used the GOP's hatred of Obama, ...

      Operatives, money, media, promises to the minor parties........

      It's not Bibi that has lost his marbles...........

    4. It is over, your beloved Israel will never regain the level of perversion of US policy again.

    5. I don't know where you picked up it, Deuce, or why, but you got the disease, and very badly.

      Some of your stuff is simply Daffy Duck stuff.

      Israel controls all of the US Congress.......

      My God. Daffy Duck stuff.

      I am about ready to get on my knees and pray for you.........

      But won't, as with my hip I'd have trouble getting back up.


      Work tomorrow, real bedtime now.

      Cheers !

    6. Bibi is a pig, a man who played the game well above his and his little country's pay grade, and now, will pay the price.
      Delusions of grandeur, on his part, will come to destroy him, politically.

    7. Where I picked up? Are you deaf, dumb and blind? There has never been anything like it. It is a perversion on our system. We are in war after war in the Middle East. Now they want the US to go to war against Iran. It is over.

  4. March 16, 2015
    Will Hillary Break The Criminal Conduct Glass Ceiling?
    By Geoffrey P Hunt

    No one has ever been nominated as the Democratic Party’s candidate for president while under indictment, or having been charged with a felony then acquitted before the election, let alone be a convicted felon.

    For over two centuries, only a handful of sitting members of Congress have been expelled after being convicted for committing a felony. Several have won re-election while under indictment. At least one was re-elected as a convicted felon.

    Voters in Massachusetts deserve a special category of ignominy having sent Barney Frank to Congress for twelve terms after his implication in a male prostitution ring; for re-electing Gerry Studds six times after his censure by Congress for having gay sex with an underage congressional page; and of course for returning Ted Kennedy to the US Senate five times, after he narrowly escaped a grand jury indictment over Mary Jo Kopechne’s asphyxiation death in his abandoned Oldsmobile off Chappaquiddick Island. Massachusetts is the role model, notwithstanding stiff competition from Illinois, where Democratic Party ideology and loyalty excuses criminal conduct.

    While criminal conduct, and even convicted felons, have darkened the US Capitol and numerous state houses, and two modern presidents have been stung by their criminal conduct in office -- one resigned in disgrace, the other was impeached -- we have been spared having to face a major party presidential candidate with a criminal record...........


    Demorats !

    1. Never before have 47 sitting Senators been in danger of being indicted for their overstepping their Constitutional authority and attempting a coup. But the Republicans have done so, trying to usurp the Constitutional authority of the President of the United States.

      They could all be indicted.

    2. They have been infected by the Likud Delusion of personal power projection.

  5. Daffy Duck For President

    1. Daffy is not a "Natural Born Citizen"
      Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson is, once again, denigrating the Constitution of the United States.

      He knows no other way, he is lower than whale turds.

  6. JERUSALEM (Reuters) -
    The era of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ending, with Israeli voters clearly more concerned about economic and social issues than about security or fears over Iran ...


    1. "The majority of Israelis want change,"
      Lapid, 51, told Reuters in between campaign events.

      "The Netanyahu era is coming to an end. That's not because security issues don't matter but because social and economic issues are dominating the agenda," he said in an interview.

      "Netanyahu has missed his moment. You can't blame him - it's never easy to know when the moment of your era passes. But for him it has passed."

    2. Netanyahu's speech to the U.S. Congress, criticized by many at home and in Washington, also appears to have marked something of a turning point. Before the speech, he was broadly ahead in opinion polls but his numbers have trailed off since, with his anti-Iran message failing to gain traction.

      Truth wins out, even in ISrael.
      Daffy Duck has been running ISrael for almost a decade, reality may be returning to the fore, there.

      ISrael prefers al-Qeada.
      Michael Oren said it, because his Prime Minister was living it.


    3. Syrian Transition Would Have to Be Negotiated With Bashar al-Assad, Says John Kerry

      US Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a political transition in Syria and was exploring ways with other countries to pressure him into agreeing to talks.

      But State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said later that Kerry, in an interview with CBS News that aired on Sunday, was not specifically referring to Assad. She reiterated that Washington would never negotiate with the Syrian leader.

      Harf added: "By necessity, there has always been a need for representatives of the Assad regime to be a part of this process. It has never been and would not be Assad who would negotiate - and the Secretary was not saying that today."

      Washington has long insisted that Assad must be replaced through a negotiated, political transition, although the rise of a common enemy, hardline militant group Islamic State, appears to have slightly softened the West's stance toward him.

      In the CBS interview, Kerry did not repeat the standard US line that Assad had lost all legitimacy and had to go. Syria's civil war is now into its fifth year, with hundreds of thousands killed and millions of Syrians displaced.

      "We have to negotiate in the end," Kerry said when asked whether the United States would be willing to negotiate with Assad. "We've always been willing to negotiate in the context of the Geneva I process," he added, referring to a 2012 conference that called for a negotiated transition to end the conflict.

      Kerry said the United States and other countries, which he did not name, were exploring ways to reignite the diplomatic process to end the conflict in Syria.

      "What we're pushing for is to get him (Assad) to come and do that, and it may require that there be increased pressure on him of various kinds in order to do that," Kerry said.

      "We've made it very clear to people that we are looking at increased steps that can help bring about that pressure," he added.


    5. .

      A nothing article. If you actually read it nothing has changed in the US position except the chance they they may put more pressure on the Assad 'administration' to bring it to the bargaining table. They are still demanding that there be a political transition where Assad leaves. Were Assad to agree with that he would be a dead man.

      Hell, the US and it's pals refuse to have Assad (or even Iran) in the talks but they bring in umbrella group who supposedly 'represents' the Syrian opposition even though they are not even in Syria and have only the most tenuous ties with any groups that are there.

      It's all bull.


  7. --and attempting a coup. But the Republicans have done so--

    A Coup???


    wat is Stooopid

    and wat is despickabell

    1. despicklebell

      wat is a mooroon


    2. Yes, Daffy, a coup.
      An illegal seizure of a government, usually instigated by a small group of the existing state establishment to depose the established government and replace it with a new ruling body.

    3. and a wiar

      a despicklebell moorroon cartooon and a wiar

      alla da ducks sez so


    4. Now, Daffy, below I have pasted the authority granted to Congress, notice that sending letters to foreign governments is not listed.

      Section. 8.

      The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

      To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

      To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

      To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

      To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

      To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

      To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

      To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

      To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

      To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

      To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

      To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

      To provide and maintain a Navy;

      To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

      To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

      To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

      To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;—And

      To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

    5. quop, a quop by leter

      a leter quop, worlds 1st leter quop


      wat is Stooooopid

      a ninncomequoopidstooooopid

      a leter quop quackquackquack

    6. Now the authority granted to the President ...

      Section. 2.

      The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

      He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

      The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

      It is pretty explicit, the President shall do the negotiating with foreign governments.
      Not the Congress.

      The Logan Act is explicit, too.

      The Senators that signed that letter, the committed an illegal act, in an attempt to usurp the Constitutional authority of the President. Those Senators do constitute a a small group of the existing state establishment to depose the established government...

      That those Senators are inept, and poorly planned their attempted take over of the Federal government, does not make the attempt any less egregious.

    7. The United States Code at 18 U.S.C. § 2381 states "whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason ..."

      Those 47 Senator, acting in violation of the Logan Act, and attempting to illegally usurp the authority of the President have given aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States, those enemies being the radical extremists of Iran that do not want there to be an agreement that would, in any manner, curtail the Iranian nuclear program.

    8. Looks like Daffy has had a stroke.
      His delusions have become his reality


    9. You pass gas just to hear yourself pass gas.

    10. Mətušélaḥ Fri Nov 14, 12:48:00 AM EST

      Fuck, you're a dumbass, Bob.


  8. Is there anything that would place priority of US interests over Israel in the minds of the Likuds Force?

    1. You are daffy, Deuce. There is no Likuds Force.

    2. It is being dismantled, that is true.
      Their leader came to speak to the loyalists, and it diminished his popularity, where it really counted.

  9. I hope this son of a bitch gets the GOP nomination

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — “Money absolutely can be speech,” Ted Cruz believes.

    That’s what Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas and potential White House candidate, told New Hampshire voters on Sunday. Cruz, the Associated Press writes, said unlimited political cash would give rank-and-file conservative activists greater sway in picking their representatives, including the president. “I believe everyone here has a right to speak out on politics as effectively as possible,” Cruz told a voter who asked him about the role of the super-rich in politics. In the Senate, Cruz has proposed lifting all campaign contributions in exchange for immediate disclosure.

    1. There is the position of Goldman Sachs, extolled through their paid agent, Ted Cruz.

    2. Money is speech. The courts have ruled money is speech.

      And that corporations are people.

      Deuce wants to pass a special election tax paid for by one select group, 'the billionaires'.

      Deuce doesn't want anyone to be able to contribute money to political causes, thus taking away a great part of their freedom of speech.

      This is beyond lame.

      It's idiotic.

      You two are a flammable gas and the law school would blow up the moment you walked through its door.

    3. So, quack on, I've got to take a crap, then a shower, and get going.

      You two need jobs !

      Cheers !

    4. Quote the legislation, chapter and verse, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.

      Oh, the legislation that was passed was over turned, by the Imperial Court.
      The same Court that you have denigrated for the "judicial activism" seen in their decision in Kelo v New London.

      You applaud the Constitution and its formulation when it suits your own positions, but denigrate it when it doe not.
      You are a fraud, a thief and stole your own aunt's honor.
      That despicable action makes your opinion inconsequential.

      If you have the capacity to reference your words with reality, you should do that.
      Cover the ante, otherwise, fold your hand,

    5. Self-employment is the entrepenurial way, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.
      Guess you need some outside authority to manage your time.

      You should learn to take personal responsibility.

  10. .

    The F-ing Democratic Party USA, the American wing of the Iranian Al Quds Force, has agents and cash on the ground in Israel doing their very best to swing the election against Bibi, the Leader of the Free World, on the orders of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Obama as I type.

    More bubblegum an bullshit from AIPAC's remaining apparatchik here at the EB.

    They were sent to Israel on the explicit orders of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Obama some months ago and have been working the media, the streets, and greasing the money men ever since.

    Either the rants of a loon or the musings of a right wing nut job who though he states his love of Israel displays his ignorance of its political reality. But even on a logical basis one has to ask why would the leader of the most powerful nation in the world really give a shit about the politics of some pissant client state?

    Obama’s campaign field director to lead Israeli electio... Cached

    More innuendo with no proof or substance. Jeremy Bird hasn't worked for Obama for three years. He now has his own consulting firm and and is for all intents and purposes a hired gun. Had Bibi come to him first, he would be working for Bibi right now.

    As for the Senate investigating Obama for interfering in Israeli elections, laughable. I expect the investigation will end shortly after the Israeli election when its PR value is decreased. One more pathetic attempt by the neocons and the Lobby to influence the elections in Israel.

    From the article above,

    In the message he also implicated Noni Mozes, the publisher of Israel’s biggest-selling newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, in the alleged campaign, which he labelled “Anyone but Bibi [Mr Netanyahu’s popular nickname].”

    Israel's biggest-selling newspaper? What's not mentioned is that the 'biggest-circulation' newspaper and the 'most-read' newspaper in Israel is handed out for free. It is pro-Bibi, in fact right now it is 'all Bibi all the time'. It was formed by Sheldon Adelson to get around Israeli campaign finance laws.

    Mr. Netanyahu’s claims were bolstered by Israel Hayom, a mass circulation free newspaper that supports him and is owned by Sheldon Adelson, an American casino tycoon who is close to the prime minister.

    Nuff said.


    1. Adelson, who makes hi money the old fashion way, it is gifted to him by Charlie Chi-com, through a gambling license in Macao.
      Adelson then spends Charlie Chi-Com cash to influence elections in Israel and the US.

      Money is speech, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson proclaims, and Charlie Chi-Com has lots of it to spread around US politicians, politicians like Ted Cruz...

    2. I love the sources behind Boobies rant! You know the truth is told when you find it at!!

    3. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    4. He would consider you to be in the felon category, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson

      bob Thu May 27, 12:52:00 AM EDT

      But I did rip off the bank for $7500 hundred dollars, when I was on my knees, and fighting for my economic life, on my aunt's credit card. But that wasn't really stealing, just payback. …

  11. Free speech for billionaires, the poor things are not getting their fair share of influence.

    One billionaire dumping hundreds of millions of dollars in an election is not exercising free speech. He is stealing votes by using the machines of propaganda in a media age.

  12. It is no longer a case that when these people claim “free speech” they think that we are stupid, they know it.

  13. Idaho BobMon Mar 16, 11:22:00 AM EDT

    This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    It's certainly the case that around here absolutely everyone believes in free speech.

    I will repeat what I said:

    My father would consider that Deuce and rat have no more real legal knowledge than that of clients.

    If your ego can't take that, Deuce, you need help.

  14. Clients, he said, only have strong opinions, and it was always a relief to talk to the opposing lawyer, who would inevitably know something.

    The idea of having billionaires fund the elections has so many holes in it, practically and constitutionally, that I don't know where to begin.

    Wonderful long call from my Niece. She was riding her bike and stopped in somewhere to buy spaghetti, and I got to hear her speaking German to the store owner ! She has already been published and is working on three other papers !

    She was in a great mood, so happy !

    1. Your Daddy would consider you to be in the felon category, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson

      bob Thu May 27, 12:52:00 AM EDT

      But I did rip off the bank for $7500 hundred dollars, when I was on my knees, and fighting for my economic life, on my aunt's credit card. But that wasn't really stealing, just payback. …

    2. You don't know my daddy.

      I know what he would think of you though.

      He'd think you are a legally illiterate anti-semitic little prick and a dead beat daddy.

      He knew people like you and didn't like them at all.

  15. The Zionist Union’s Tzipi Livni announced Monday evening that she would give up the rotation of the premiership with the slate’s leader, Isaac Herzog, an agreement the two made months ago when her Hatnua party merged with his Labor Party.

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    In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the party was “panicking,” while Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid and Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett said the move indicated the Zionist Union was planning to form a unity government with Netanyahu’s Likud. That claim was subsequently rejected by Herzog as “claptrap.”

    The bombshell came 12 hours before polling stations were set to open, in an apparent last-ditch effort to garner additional votes.

    Livni said the rotation agreement ought not interfere with her party’s main task: replacing Netanyahu’s Likud party.

    In a response to the announcement, Netanyahu told Channel 2 that the decision reflected the Zionist Union’s “panic” — an accusation echoed by Herzog, who in turn said Netanyahu was the one “panicking.”

    Netanyahu told the TV station that the move proved two things: “One, that they’re lying. Either they lied earlier [when they announced the rotation], or they’re lying now. And the second thing is that they can’t deal with any pressure. They can’t deal with the pressure of the polls, how will they be able to deal with international pressure?”

    Shortly after the announcement, Bennett predicted that the decision to give up the rotation signaled that the Zionist Union would form a unity government with Likud, implying that a vote for his right-wing party could help prevent such an outcome. Lapid, similarly, told the TV station the move signaled that a national unity government between the two large parties, as well as the ultra-Orthodox parties, was in the works.

    Herzog denied the allegations as “nonsense” in a telephone interview with Channel 2. He said the decision was not a matter of “last-minute pressure,” and said “Livni nobly and bravely told me this initially on Saturday.

    “Ultimately, she approached me today and told me honestly — if the rotation is in some way an obstacle to the establishment of the government, I won’t stand in the way,” he said.

    Livni, No. 2 on the Zionist Union list, had initially agreed to a two-year rotation of the premiership if the Zionist Union was tasked with forming the coalition. The Hatnua-Labor merger was criticized by members of the Labor Party, who said that Livni was getting more than she offered to the party. However, the political union, and subsequent re-branding of the party, sparked a surge in the polls.

    On Sunday, Haaretz reported that during a Zionist Union campaign meeting, Livni said she was willing to forgo the rotation. But strategist Reuven Adler opined that such a move, announced so close to the election, would be detrimental.

    Two hours before the announcement, Herzog emphatically denied that the two were set to cancel the rotation agreement. “There was no discussion about [whether to cancel the rotation] in the past week. It’s not on the agenda, period. The partnership between Livni and me brought us to [where we are] today. It is an important partnership,” Herzog told Army Radio.

    The Likud party had bashed the alliance between Herzog and Livni, a former Likud member herself. Throughout the campaign, the party repeatedly commented on Livni’s “disappearance” from the public eye, a move that she explained several weeks ago as a tactic to keep the spotlight on Herzog, who, she said, was less well-known than she.

    Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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  16. Bibi announces that the word of ISrael is not worth a shit.
    That ISrael is a nation of liars, whose signature on a document is meaningless.Guess he thinks that'll help him at the polls.
    He is a self-serving Piece of Shit, must be why he has a fan in Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson.

    Fox News
    Netanyahu, trailing in polls, promises no Palestinian state if elected

  17. The Palestinians are ISIS of the West Bank and Gaza.

    No SANE person would GIVE up land to them. After all, America is flying 9000 miles across the globe to BOMB the very same head cutters……

    Glad to hear it's making you crazy….


    Inside that tiny, teeny little thing you call a brain…


  18. There is no 'brain' in there at all, WiO.

    It's a walnut.

  19. Israel and ISIS look to me to be the "two peas in the pod" in the Middle East. Both are trying to take other people's territory, and property. Both kill somewhat indiscriminately, and, to top it off, the two are militarily allied in Syria.

    1. Pretty good! though there are many peas and pods that don't smell like roses in area righteous all of them.

    2. and they all want justice!

  20. ISrael does prefer al-Qeada.
    Does fly close air support missions for the Islamic State.
    Does give aid and sustenance to the Islamic State.

    It is not at all surprising that Bib would make ISrael a nation of deciet and lies.
    An untrustworthy nuclear rogue.

  21. You never could distinguish between your left hand and your right, Rufus.

    It doesn't surprise me that you can't see the difference between black and white or distinguish up and down, either.

    Stick with alternative energies and don't a fool of yourself any longer.

    It's embarrassing.

  22. Speaking of "embarrassing:" It appears that 20,000 "WARRIORS OF GODtm" have gone on strike, and refuse to go against a couple of hundred headcutters without air support from The Great Satan.


    Just too sweet.

    1. Sweet!? Fighting other peoples Godtm battles is sweet?? Nope!

  23. Daed Men Still Fighting

    Middle East
    ISIS Maintains Hold in Tikrit as Iraq Pauses Offensive


    BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants on Monday continued to hold parts of the city of Tikrit against a much larger pro-government force after two weeks of battle, as Iraqi officials said they were pausing their offensive to call for reinforcements and to preserve property and civilian lives.

    The slowing of the operation came amid reports that the tomb of Saddam Hussein in the nearby village of Awja, a politically and emotionally charged symbol for all sides, had been destroyed in the recent fighting. Its roof appeared to have collapsed, with rubble strewn around the area, footage from The Associated Press showed.

    Iraqi officials and allied militia leaders have been saying since last week that they are in control of the battlefield. They said that they had surrounded the handful of Islamic State fighters remaining in Tikrit, and that full government control would be restored there in a matter of days.

    There has been intense international pressure to avoid civilian casualties and revenge attacks on people or property in an offensive by a mostly Shiite force in a hub of the so-called Sunni triangle. Around two-thirds of the pro-government force is made up of the mostly Shiite militias now known as popular mobilization forces.

    As the days pass, critics are asking why the government’s 30,000-strong force has been unable to dislodge the last Islamic State fighters — and whether the reduced pace is a bad sign for future efforts to root the militants out of their self-declared capital, the much larger city of Mosul.

    “There is a minimum amount of Daesh fighters in Tikrit,” said Alaa Makki, a former lawmaker and a member of the mostly Sunni Islamic Party, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. “They are controlling the situation there — wow!”....

  24. >>>>To the north, Kurdish pesh merga forces reported continued progress against the Islamic State. Miryawan Abdullah, a major general in the forces, said that on Monday morning, the forces had taken over three villages along the road between Baghdad and Kirkuk, and were working to defuse explosives left behind by the militant group.<<<<

    Quirk, who has joined the Pesh Merga out of boredom, is in this area. He reported the other day that the unit he commands came under a chlorine gas attack from ISIS, but instead of withdrawing he led his men forward through the gas cloud, ordering them to hold their noses and close their mouths, and when they came out on the other side they routed the attackers.

    "It was magnificent, Bobbo", he wrote.

  25. The numbers of the head cutters have been underestimated all along. Most people in the area really don't much like the idea of being ruled by the Iranians, is my guess.

  26. The body of Saddam has been snatched from his tomb in Tikrit and hustled away to safety.

  27. I am hoping Quirk is able to secure the body, and sell it at auction in Detroit. He had mentioned something along these lines.....