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Zionist Union Split Can Only Hurt the Israeli Opposition

22 3 10

Labor Party Chairman Avi Gabbay made a desperate move Tuesday in light of his party’s fall in opinion polls to single-digit representation in the next Knesset. He dismantled the Zionist Union, Labor’s limping partnership with Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah, presumably with the goal of guaranteeing precious seats for his own people. Gabbay chose to jettison Livni by surprise on live TV, ridiculing her moves among parties over the years. He may have thought it would make him look “manly,” as if “a new leader is born,” ending the calls for his replacement that Livni had led in her feverish efforts to unite the center-left.

But Gabbay, who in the past has accused leftists of having “forgotten what it is to be Jewish,” apparently forgot the overarching goal of the bloc he purports to lead as head of the largest opposition party in the outgoing........

© Haaretz