Edit: It is clear that Lapid reads Jewlicious and changed his position accordingly:
Shinui leaders Yosef Lapid and Avraham Poraz told Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Saturday night that they would back the 2005 state budget in the Knesset this week, assuring that it will pass and that the government will not fall.
At a three-hour meeting Saturday at Sharon’s Sycamore Ranch, Lapid and Poraz agreed to back the budget in exchange for a budget transfer of NIS 700 million[ed. did we mention prostitution and blackmail?]. The money is slated to go to students, recently released conscripts and reserves soldiers, cultural institutions and environmental causes.
After the meeting, Lapid said that he had decided to support the budget after reading a blog called Jewlicious and realizing that he had to vote in favor in order to save the disengagement plan.
Here’s a terrific analysis of what’s going on right now with Sharon deftly maneuvering himself into a position where the referendum idea is probably going to be dropped while the budget passes.
Okay now back to the original post:
Who would have thought that the greatest friends to the anti-disengagement movement would be the secularist party Shinui. And you would think that if they were willing to bring down the disengagement by voting against the state budget – which, if it fails, would force the government to collapse and bring about new elections – that they’d have some deep principled reasons for doing so.
But now is not the time for conditions and coalition achievements. The principal achievement is the disengagement itself. The vote on the budget, under the already shaky political conditions in which the prime minister finds himself, is a vote on the evacuation of the Gaza Strip in the summer. The window of opportunity is a narrow one.
At this point in time, therefore, for the Shinui voters, the evacuation is far more important than the secular positions the party represents, which can be fought for in the future. The desire to seek another achievement to boast of at the last minute is testimony to a leadership that doesn’t distinguish between the wheat and the chaff and lacks a true agenda.
If it votes against the budget, Shinui will go down as having endangered the evacuation, as a party without which and contrary to its vote the disengagement took place – if the budget does actually get through. When election day comes around, one will have to remember Shinui’s contribution to the State of Israel at a critical juncture in its history. It’s safe to assume that Lapid’s explanations regarding his pure motives will no longer interest anyone in the future.
I guess if your only true agenda is some ambiguous anti-Orthodox platform, you really don’t have a broad enough ideology as a party to know how to play a role in government regarding any other issues.