Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Ironically, though Amir Peretz will stop being the leader of the Labor party in two weeks' time, after yesterday's first round of the internal party elections his position within the party has become stronger than ever since last summer. That position had become almost impossible after his poor performance in the Lebanon war, but now both Ehud Barak and Ami Ayalon will court him and promise him and his vassals not only more attention for social issues - as if any of the three really cares about them; well maybe Ami Ayalon does, he seems to be sincere, genuinely concerned about the future of the state, and less blindly ambitious than Barak and Peretz: he is the only one who has said openly and repeatedly that Labor should enter the opposition to rebuild itself and do some serious soul-searching - but also key jobs in the party and in future, for now virtual, governments led by them. It's all in the game ( or quagmire, or hornets' nest, or dunghill ) that is Israeli politics.

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