As for Ya’alon, Lapid is convinced that he has very little electoral value and is disappointed in Ya’alon’s level of support. The Yesh Atid chairman has also concluded that the center-right, with which Ya’alon is identified, is too crowded and he plans to move leftward before the election.
The united slate announced Thursday has the far-left Meretz party running with Barak’s new Israel Democratic Party and Stav Shaffir, who left the Labor Party, under the Democratic Camp moniker. It also hopes to bring Tzipi Livni, a former foreign minister, out of political retirement.
What it means: While Democratic Camp won’t overtake Netanyahu’s Likud and his right-wing camp, it could combine with the center-left Blue and White party to ensure that Benny Gantz, a former military chief of staff, is tapped to form the government.
Horowitz said the party would be left-wing and proud, and would not join any right-wing government, even one not led by Netanyahu. The top goal of the party in the agreement its leaders signed was reaching a peace agreement.
“The Israeli Left has returned to be large and influential, and the days of kissing up to the Right are over,” he promised.
What is going on in our political system ahead of the upcoming election can be described like this: Right A versus Right B, a split in Right C, a possible merger in Right D, and a new glimmer of hope in Right E.
Meretz and the Joint List, the only Israeli left there is, one small and fading and the other ostracized and excluded, and both without any influence, look on from the other side of the fence. And still people say that Israel is “polarized,” that we’re this close to civil war breaking out. It’s hard to think of anything more ridiculous.
In humiliating announcement, as Livni looks on and cameras roll, Labor chairman questions Hatnua head’s loyalty, says the two have failed to maintain ‘mutual support’
A Labor lawmaker, who asked to remain anonymous, said that „time will tell whether dismantling Zionist Union was a smart move. But it shouldn’t have been done as a public humiliation to Livni.“
A senior source in Livni’s Hatnuah party said that she „thwarted a split in the Labor Party last week.“
Livni is right. The left has been the victim of incitement for a generation now, which Netanyahu began as opposition leader when he led opposition to the Oslo Accords. And the unbridled incitement against the left didn’t die down following Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination. On the contrary, it spread and become fashionable political discourse and the main agenda of the right, especially Netanyahu.