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Israel’s Labour party backs Netanyahu coalition

Some wonder if this spells the end of Israel’s powerful centre-left party


 

Israel’s Labour party has voted to join a coalition government led by right-wing Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud party. The decision, reached at the party’s convention last night, was extremely divisive, with some commentators now questioning whether the deal might spell the end of Israel’s most powerful party of the centre-left. The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz have reports and commentary on the deal and what it might mean for Israeli politics and Israel’s relations with its neighbours.

The Jerusalem Post

Haaretz.com

Haaretz.com


 
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Israel’s Labour party backs Netanyahu coalition

  1. Gideon Levy wrote about Ehud Barak joining Benjamin Netanyahu’s government earlier this month… considering what has just transpired, it’s worth reading again (for me at least).

    “For Labor, this will be the only way to get rid of this man, who has led it from bad to worse, to the humiliation of 13 Knesset seats. Had Yoram Marciano headed the party, it would not have received fewer votes. Getting rid of Barak may give rise to a new leadership for Labor – a genuinely leftist, genuinely peace-oriented leadership. Amir Peretz, Yachimovich and Pines-Paz are genuine Labor. With a man suspected of responsibility for war crimes at the head, it’s hard for the left to be left. “
    Gideon Levy
    ‎Mar 4, 2009‎

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