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Zionist Union's Story Is That It Has No Story

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The fading away of Zionist Union is a story about the decline of a political alliance without a story. If you don’t have a story, in the end you have nothing to offer. People from the Labor Party and Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah gathered together in Zionist Union; some of them are good and hardworking, but together they have nothing to offer.

Labor is a party that in a few years managed to rid itself of almost all its causes. Before the last election it even got rid of its name. The previous time it had done this, under Ehud Barak, at least it chose a promising name: One Israel. This time it chose a clumsy and apologetic name that corresponded directly with the traditional claims of the right.

The banner of the left was folded up and put away back when Shelly Yacimovich led Labor between 2011 and 2013. Four years later, after the defeat of Isaac Herzog and the election of Avi Gabbay as chairman, came the abandonment of three things: the evacuation of the settlements, the fight against religionization and the political partnership with the Israeli Arabs.

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