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Why Vote for Labor-Gesher-Meretz in Israel's Election

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There are reasons why not to vote for Labor-Gesher-Meretz, and we can write about them with fervor and passion, mainly because voting for the alliance of left-wing parties is a rather passionless act. The fervor to put an end to the Netanyahu nightmare – that is, to vote for Kahol Lavan – or the gallant romanticism of identifying with the Arabs in Israel – by voting for the Joint List – are much more emotional and intense than the reasons to vote for the Labor-Gesher-Meretz alliance. Nevertheless, it’s the most reasonable, sensible act for the common leftist.

Let’s start small. For months leftists ranted bitterly over the annoying behavior of Meretz and Labor’s leaders, who, losing touch with reality, plunged into a swamp of in-fighting and false consciousness. Now that they’ve united, there’s no reason to punish them by subtracting from their combined Knesset seats in the last election. Labor Party Chairman Amir Peretz, who despite his problems has considerable virtues – did what he had to do. This is the time to build him up, not tear him down.


© Haaretz