Pinches of salt

A timely piece in today’s Jerusalem Post about the public statements of the political parties in Israel – and their private coalition negotiations. For example:

That’s because during the coalition talks, a lot of politicians are going to say things they don’t mean and mean things they don’t say. It’s all part of the political horse-trading that is part and parcel of building a stable coalition.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will leak that he intends to leave Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid out of his coalition, and Lapid will respond with empty threats to serve as opposition leader for a short period of time and then replace Netanyahu.

Shas will say they won’t sit with Lapid. Yesh Atid will say they won’t sit with Shas. And right-wing and left-wing MKs will bash each other from opposite sides.

But by the time the March 16 deadline for forming a coalition rolls around, chances are they will find a way to sit together and settle their differences from the comfortable chairs around the cabinet table at the Prime Minister’s Office.

You can read the whole thing here. I recommend you read it or bookmark it or both, and constantly remind yourself of its wise contents when reading any Israeli political coverage – including mine – right up until a coalition deal is done. Such fun!