Ah, but the coup de grace was to come hours later when the results were announced showing Moshe Feiglin with an impressive (running against a sitting prime minister with one month’s notice) 36% of the vote and Bibi Netanyahu with 64%. Then one hour (!) later defying the laws of ballot physics and probability, Feiglin suddenly found himself with 24% as word of, uh, ballot count revisions, and “lost” votes began to filter in. At that moment my mind wistfully played out the scene in Casablanca with Feiglin in Humphrey Bogart’s role of Rick Blaine (Moshe would really look good in that white dinner jacket) and Bibi in place of Claude Raines’ Captain Renault with the scene looking something like this:
Rick: How can you run elections like this and try to shut me down with this voter fraud?
Renault: I am shocked, SHOCKED to find there is voter fraud occurring here (as the head election observer hands Renault an envelope and says, here are your “revised” votes, adoni).
There are several take home points from this little fiasco.
Firstly, with this election, Israel reached a new low in banana republic politics. It is rather pathetic that the most technologically advanced country in the world still resorts to paper balloting rather than a secured electronic system. With this paper balloting, it allows for scenes out of Venezuela, Nigeria or even Russia. While the recent South Carolina primaries in the US had voter fraud exposed by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas for allowing dead people to vote, not content with allowing Techiyat Ha’Meitim (resurrection of the dead) in Israel, the current elections had Yesh Me’ein (creation from nothing) as in more votes than people voted, AND removal of people/votes to an alternate reality/dimension ala Fringe. Impressive, eh?
But perhaps the key point here is the fear that the current ruling class has for Feiglin and Manhigut Yehudit. Fear because they look outside their insulated Knesset window offices and see the future. They see the slowly but inexorable moving of the country to the right and associated higher religious observance and know that their secular Godless leadership-without-vision days are approaching an end. They know in their hearts that Feiglin, while not as pretty as Yair Lapid, is the ONLY candidate to fear (by Lapid’s own admission) and as uber leftist Avraham Burg said, the only candidate with a vision for Israel’s future. Perhaps it is that fear that explains the arrogance, stupidity, and desperation (a lethal combination) of how the fraud was so glaringly obvious.
It is now the duty of the proper authorities to do an investigation of these events for the good of the Likud to keep it from turning into another Kadima. Whether that will happen, who can say? Although no matter what happens, Feiglin still stands tall in having the courage to go up against a sitting prime minister with short notice and for running the first Lashon Hara free political campaign in the history of the planet. Hopefully we will all be shocked, SHOCKED in a very good way, and very soon. Tick tock, Bibi.