Labor joins the rightwing coalition

Israel's Labour Party is history. Yglesias sums it up:

Kadima Leader Tzipi Livni has spent weeks resisting Benjamin Netanyahu's pleas that she enter his cabinet, citing the fact that she has no desire to be moderate window-dressing for a hard-right administration that's overtly opposed to a two-state resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Ehud Barak, though, is eager to provide such window-dressing and now he's got his party's approval to enter into a coalition in which he'll play third fiddle to Netanyahu and Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman.

It's hard to imagine this being anything other than the end for the remnants of the Labor Party.

The vote has split Labor into half:
Kadima moved equally quickly to decry Labor's move, saying that Labor's entry into a Likud-led coalition signified ideological bankruptcy. MK Yohanan Plesner said Labor had "signed its own death warrant."

680 of Labor Party central committee members voted in favor of joining the coalition, while 570 voted against. The voter turnout stood at 78 percent of the committee members.

"I'm happy that party delegates have decided to enter the government," Ofer Eini, head of the Histadrut labor union and a senior Labor Party operative, told Israel's Army Radio.

But others chanted slogans like "Disgrace" following the announcement.

Labor's 13 seats in the parliament would give Netanyahu a majority of 66 in the 120-seat house. But there is a possibility that the party could split as a result of the vote, and some members might choose to remain in the opposition.

At least 7 members of Labor were said to have been against this move, so they may even wind up defecting to Kadima.

Tags: Labor, Likud (all tags)


1 Comment

Re: Labor joins the rightwing coalition

Oops, I didn't see your post. Well, it's reassuring to see that we are both on the same page, literally.

And this isn't just an Israeli problem because leftist parties in Europe too have a "roots" problem.

by Charles Lemos 2009-03-24 08:08PM | 0 recs


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