Known by some as a war criminal, known to most of Israel as former Prime Minister and known to Bibi as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak, elected new Independence chairman speaks:
“I’m thrilled to be hereâ€¦We seek to form a democratic, Zionist party inspired by the spirit of Ben Gurion and the principles stated in the Declaration of Independence… We’re also choosing our song today â€“ Frank Sinatra’s ‘That’s Life’â€¦With Israeli politics, government and political discourse in need of profound mending, there are many fine people who want to see the country march forward. And they are right. That is what we’re here to doâ€¦”
He also dismissed comparisons drawn between the new party and “Polishuk“; a satire of Israeli politics inspired by the BBC’s “The thick of it” â€“ saying:
“Today’s politics is full of shticks and tricks and spins. We are not Polishukâ€¦We are still small, but we intend on growing. Eight members, each bringing 80 members, who in turn bring 80 members is 20 mandates. We want to be the first party to have 50 women in key positions.”
Shalom Simhon, minister of Industry, Trade, and Labor rejected claims that Independence would be a dictatorship led by Barak, who will not have to face a central committee or primaries. The bylaws for the party also permit the chairman to sign joint government and coalition agreements sans any authorization.
Mazel Tov to Job Cohen, the Mayor of Amsterdam. He is the likely candidate to be the Dutch prime minister in their upcoming elections. Mr. Cohen announced that he will be running for the office of Labor Party chairman after its current leader, Wouter Bos, announced that he would resign his post.
News agencies in Holland reported that Cohen had more than 50% of votes, giving him a substantial advantage over his two opponents, Christian Democrat leader and leaving Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, and far-right PVV leader Geert Wilders.
A poll conducted by Maurice de Hond sees that Cohen has 55% of votes, Balkenende 25%, and Wilders 17%.
Another poll of 16,000 people by TV show EenVandaag showed 52% of voters would prefer Cohen as prime minister, compared with the 17% and 15% for Balkenende and Wilders, respectively.
Wouter Bos submitted his resignation over the controversy surrounding his placement of Dutch forces in Afghanistan. He says that he is leaving politics to devote more time to his family.
The two polls show a percentage of backing for the three candidates, not support for their parties, but a win for Cohen is expected to see more votes for the floundering Labor Party and shift public backing from Wilders’ far-right party.
Cohen, who is known for his inter-culture politics, helped relieve tensions in Amsterdam in 2004 after the assassination of the anti-Muslim filmmaker Theo Van-Gogh. The mayor met with Muslim leaders and quelled threats of rioting, following his death.
Should he win, Job Cohen will not be wearing a kippa at the inauguration ceremony â€“ he is a “non-practicing Jew.”
For some reason the powers to be decided that this ad was too much and banned it from showing. Maybe it was the sex, maybe it’s the amputated legs the man has in this video. You would think that a country with such a strong army/war background would be more understanding to the rights of the disabled..
In any case a political voice that needs to be heard these elections – check out Koach Lehashpia!