Oh yeah, Bogie Ya'alon is Defense Minister as predicted.In short, those who thought Likud could get 45-50 mandates while coasting & barely campaigning, were delusional. Like it or not, that's not how Israel works -- it really is so dynamic, diverse and yes, delusional about peace, that no party can have that kind of easy votes in modern times (no matter how right they are on the substance).
Moreover, Likud appears to have actually got more right wing with Moshe Feiglin, Ze'ev Elkin, Danny Danon replacing the feeble wristed, jaded appeasers like Dan Meridor, Mickey Eitan and Benny Begin (although the latter is respected for honesty, sometimes you can be honest AND still be wrong, sorry Mr. Begin stop coasting on your father's coat-tails)
And then there is Habayit Hayehudi and Naftali Bennett. Keeping Likud honest on the Palestinian question and fighting for capitalist reforms & hi-tech culture. That took votes away from Likud, but that may have been a good thing in the longer-run. As a bonus, a useless Haredi crook like Ariyeh Deri is fuming on the sidelines.
Yair Lapid? Bibi is smart to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. Like that party-destroying harpy Livni. Or Lapid who is actually a FRAUD but a dangerous one, he's basically Barack Obama redux. Knows how to lie effortlessly & tell people what they want to hear, which is the art of politics of course. Deep down, however, Lapid is an uneducated populist demagogue, but unlike his religion-hating idiot father, Lapid was smart enough to hide it.
Bibi stuck Lapid into Finance, let's see the self-styled Middle Class Maven do something worth a dang in the face of weak export demand & deficits, haha.
4) "Someone" allegedly trolled Assad and advanced Russian AD by bombing the weapons convoy & chemical WMD facility close to Damascus. Then both Fordow & Isfahan had more totally-spontaneous accidents. Message sent and received.
Kim Jong Kartman proving the Bush axis-of-evil thing right by threatening nuclear annihilation every other Tuesday seemingly. What happened to all the Libtarded apologists and all the WMD deniers? Good thing Sadaam was de-fanged at least. Now it's Iran's turn.
This guy broke the back of 2nd Intifada, aka The Olso War, aka 'Evil Palestinians Being Evil' Happy Fun-Time Hour Yay.
Hamas and Hezbollah already sh!tting themselves, going out of their way to make sure Al-Qaeda Salafists don't fire rockets lest Hamas monkey leadership promptly follow Jabaai, Rantisi, Yassin's, Daif's footsteps to Heck.
Of course Iran is the biggest game. And thanks to Leftists, lots of time has been wasted already and so the prospective operation will be incredibly complicated & bloody. Ya'alon, Ganz aren't really super-hawks and will likely delegate most of to the big daddy US. Either way, we're talking years of preparation 100's of Eitan drones, jets, cruise missiles, ICBM EMP, SuperStuxnet, the works. I don't know if Ehud Barak would have the guts to pull it all together, but Ya'alon will if need be.
Which is not to say Ehud Barak was a dummy that he's often caricatured by both his Right-wing opponents and his former Leftie fellow-travelers who consider him a traitor to the cause. No, Ehud Barak was very smart, it's just that he basically submitted to the will of Washington DC & Brussels puppet-masters. He was corrupt & cynical, but not a dummy. That's why the other Barack liked him, and why when you need a big weapons procurement contract or some diplomatic glad-handing, EH was your guy (as opposed to Avigdor Liberman who just tells too much truth for US/EU elites liking:)
Hey Barak, who's a horse now??!!!
np: Boyfriend - Justin Bieber