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What’s Left of the Israeli Left?

On the anniversary of Rabin’s death, a look at the Israeli left

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It’s been 17 years since an assassin took the life of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The Israeli left is in such a state of disarray that they could not even fully unite to have a rally in Rabin’s honor.

The truth is that the left-wing leadership has been asleep at the wheel for the past decade, prone to infighting among its ranks and unresponsive to an electorate anxious about Israel’s security. They have abandoned their rhetoric about national security for fear of sounding too dovish, preferring instead to talk about “social justice” as if that were the only issue facing the Jewish state. In so doing, they have allowed for the merger of Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu, since in the absence of any compelling alternative Israel’s body politic has shifted starkly to the right.

Tal Kra-Oz has the story.

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Poupic says:

The left in Israel always spoke big and did little for people. I remember the Tsena vividly, the histadrut, a labor association that in fact owned many of the means of productions. Finally they sold the idea that Oslo would bring peace. It brought only terrorists out of retirement in Tunis and more death of Israeli civilians by Arab terror. They are as relevant as a wooden nickel. The last left paper, Haaretz folding from lack of known support and readership. Not many will mourn it’s passing.


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What’s Left of the Israeli Left?

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