The chances Zionist Union will join the coalition seem slimmer than ever. Meanwhile, scandals are threatening Habayit Hayehudi.
After the sexual harassment accusations against the Habayit Hayehudi lawmaker began to pile up, he was a dead man walking in the corridors of the Knesset.
Kerry left the region this week bitterly disappointed; Netanyahu signaled he regards opposition leader Herzog as nothing more than a spare tire.
With former co-workers accusing MK Yinon Magal of sexual harassment, perhaps the Israeli obsession with bringing in superstars from the media into the Knesset should run its course.
Finance Minister Kahlon's Ultimatum to Netanyahu: Change the Coalition, or We Unravel the Present One
Kahlon makes no secret of his desire for a broad coalition, which would ease his lot. His preferred partner is Zionist Union, with its many Knesset seats; and if not, then Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu.
Still, it is not unlikely that the prime minister's verbal oscillations are part of a multi-stage scheme to prepare the ground for the co-option of Zionist Union into the government.
Netanyahu is appalled at the possibility that Temple Mount activists will become part of the governing faction, but their agenda is already voiced by some ministers.
Netanyahu’s cynical, clumsy attempt to associate the Palestinian president with the Nazified worldview of the mufti of Jerusalem exploded in the PM’s face. But maybe that doesn’t matter: No one in the world believes a word he says.
It seems that for the prime minister, serving a fleeting political interest was worth the price of minimizing Adolf Hitler's determination to destroy Europe's Jews.
As tensions and terror rage, the premier has been making prudent decisions in which, fortunately, pragmatism has trumped ideology.