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Ehud Barak: first to campaign for election.
A bill for dissolving the Knesset was tabled by the Likud MK Zeev Elkin on behalf of the government coalition Wednesday, May 2. The presumed date is Sept. 4, 2012. But before the Israeli prime minister even had a chance to fix the date for the snap poll rushing toward Israel in the fall, politicians of many hues from a whole range of veteran, small and new parties were already staking their claims for jobs in the post-election government. Defense Minister Ehud Barak led the pack with a news conference Wednesday, announcing he would run at the head of his Independence Party (which last year split from Labor) to fill the same portfolio in the future government because he was sure Binyamin Netanyahu would never find a better candidate for the job.
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Barak would have two obvious rivals to beat for defense: Likud Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya’alon, and the new opposition leader, Shaul Mofaz of Kadima, a former chief of staff and defense minister.
Ya’alon is Barak’s most dangerous rival for defense, because this post would give him a straight shot in the Likud infighting for the position of Netanyahu’s heir. Mofaz will give them both a hard fight – that is if he is invited to join the next government – because from that august position he would hope to arrest Kadima’s steady plunge in the polls and prove he can succeed where Tzipi Livni whom he ousted in the party primary failed.
Another former journalist, Shelly Yachimovitch, who too faces her first election at the head of Labor, is reported by her associates as equally determined to take her party across the aisle. The word going around is that she aspires to the job of finance minister, but dare not go public on this ambition because it might cost her the potential support of the “Social Justice” protest movement, which blossomed last summer in several Israeli towns.
This scramble for jobs is already underway before the campaigning. None of the bidders appears to doubt that Likud will win the election with roughly 30 seats (in the 120-strong Knesset) and its leader Netanyahu his third term as prime minister. They are all eager to break up the right-of-center factions’ grip on government and parliament.
Caught on the horns of this dilemma, Netanyahu may go the modular course:
Defense for Barak; social welfare portfolios for Yachimovich (Likud will keep
finance) and Yair Lapid as a possible deputy prime minister, a device he has
used lavishly to duck pressures by giving aspiring politicians a seat at the
cabinet table and the semblance of high office - but not much to do.
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