I was surprised this morning to see campaign posters for Likud Party leader Binyamin Netanyahu on most of the public buses I passed on my way to work, considering that at present, the next general election is scheduled to take place in 2010.
That’s two-and-a-half years from now, which is way earlier than Israeli politicians usually start their national election campaigns.
It is true that the Likud Party is holding a primary election in about three weeks, but Netanyahu’s challengers (Moshe Feiglin and Danny Danon) have no realistic chance of victory. Add to that the fact that the Likud only has about 150,000 voting members. Netanyahu could not be spending so much money on a national campaign ultimately targeting a very small number of voters for an election he is certain to win anyway.
And then there is the slogan printed on the posters: “Israel chooses to succeed!” Clearly a national election-type slogan.
Either Netanyahu is gambling that somehow the Olmert government is going to fall in the coming months, or he knows something the rest of us don’t about the current prime minister’s imminent demise.
Meanwhile, Bush is doing his part to ensure Olmert remains in power until as many Jews as possible are removed from Judea and Samaria.
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