War Hawk Says What? Bebe's Back.
It seems that the war-mongering, right-winger Bebe Netanyahu, yes, that Bebe Netanyahu, Israel's former prime minister, is leading in the polls, meaning he has much more than a passing shot at getting back the seat:
JERUSALEM (AFP) – Hawkish former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the clear favourite to become Israel's next premier after February 10 elections, according to an opinion poll published on Monday.
The right-wing Likud party leader is favoured by 29 percent of Israelis, while 16 percent support Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni of the centrist Kadima, according to the survey published by the Haaretz daily's Internet edition.
Nine percent said they would support Defence Minister Ehud Barak, leader of the Labour party.
The poll showed a widening of the gap between Likud and Kadima.
If you thought the two-state "solution" was looking far off, before, we'll, it now seems damned-near impossible, again:
JERUSALEM – The front-runner in Israel's election said in an interview published Monday that he would let Jewish settlements expand in the West Bank if he's elected prime minister, threatening to put him at odds with the Obama administration.
The remarks by hawkish Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu come just before the new U.S. special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, is scheduled to visit Israel, the West Bank and elsewhere this week for talks aimed at keeping alive a fragile Gaza cease-fire and reviving Mideast peace negotiations.
Mitchell is a critic of Israel's West Bank settlements, which are a key issue in peace talks.
Netanyahu, who is already a critic of U.S.-sponsored peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, was quoted by the Haaretz daily as saying he would allow the Jewish settlements to expand to accommodate "natural growth" — building new housing to accommodate growing families among the settlers.
Such growth, however, is ruled out in the internationally backed "road map" peace plan that serves as the basis for negotiations.
Oy vey! Just when I thought it couldn't get worse, it does. If you liked Ariel "no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial" Sharon, Ehud "There is no room for two states between the Jordan and the sea" Olmert, and Tzipi "There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza" Livni's tough talk, you'll absolutely love Bebe.