PM Sharon in the Hospital — 5 questions
With Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in the hospital suffering from a reported mild stroke, I wanted to lay out 5 questions that I am sure are on everyone’s mind:
- Does this medical event, however slight or serious, raise doubts in the electorate’s mind about the 78 year-old Sharon’s ability to lead the country for the next 4 years? Irrespective of how this medical incident turns out, will Sharon lose votes when the polls come out tomorrow and over the next 4 months?
- If Sharon cannot continue in the race, who will lead the Kadima party? And, does it matter? A weekend poll in the right-wing newspaper Makor Rishon suggested that without Sharon, Kadima sinks from 35 knesset seats to 12.
- How does Sharon’s health impact the Likud Primary schedule for Monday? Most assumptions were that the race for head of the Likud was to be a coalition partner with Kadima. Now it is possible that the leader of the Likud will be the PM. Will that change people’s vote? Is Netanyahu more of a likely PM than Silvan Shalom?
- Should there be an age ceiling on running for Prime Minister?
- Who, in your opinion, will gain most from a flight of Kadima voters? Labor,Shinui or Likud?
[Originally published on 18th December 2005 by MIchael Eisenberg]