February 10, 2012 | 4:31 am
My take on Israel’s current political scene was published Tuesday by the IHT/New York Times, and you can read it in full here. The point I was making is quite simple: Netanyahu is the current and the next Prime Minister of Israel, as there are no available alternatives even for those unhappy with him.
Once Likud’s equal, Kadima is now just one of three mid-size parties jostling for Israel’s center-left. The Labor Party, which was thought dead and buried, has been gaining ground under the new leadership of the populist leader Shelly Yachimovitz. The media star Yair Lapid is forming a new centrist party. It still has no name and no clear agenda, but it intends to compete for Kadima’s prospective voters. Add two other middling parties to the mix — the ultra-religious Shas and the blunt-talking right-wing Israel Beitenu — and you’re looking at a new parliament with only one possible ruling party.
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