The settlers are the real government of Israel

16.07.2011                      14.Tammus, 5771                      Pinchas

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The settlers are the real government of Israel

Events this week showed that junior MKs are dictating the national agenda and the settler tail is wagging the dog in the Knesset.

On Monday, after the Boycott Law passed by a vote of 47-38, Likud MKs flocked around MK Zeev Elkin, chairman of the Likud faction and the coalition, a resident of the Etzion Bloc in the West Bank, and the law’s sponsor. His seat in the next Knesset is guaranteed. MKs Danny Danon, Tzipi Hotovely, Zion Pinyan and Yariv Levin were there; Ofir Akunis embraced Elkin. If this had been the Teddy Stadium, they would have hoisted Elkin onto their shoulders and carried him in a victory procession.
“I wasn’t out for all the media − all the noise,” Elkin said modestly the next day. “I’m also not sure about my seat in the next Knesset. Who’ll remember this in another two years?” But Elkin knows his voters in the settlements never forget….