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Israel's Left Must Unite or Die

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After the last election Amir Peretz was in a particularly belligerent mood. With a bitter smile he complained that Haaretz had missed the mark – after 30 articles against him, one article in his favor got in by mistake. He continued by claiming that he took three seats from the right, and was able to cite how many people voted for Labor-Gesher in Ashkelon in the September election campaign as compared to the one in April.

He was unwilling to include in this count those who voted for Orli Levi-Abekasis in the first election. Mathematically, it’s hard to explain how then-Labor leader Avi Gabbay’s six seats in the April election plus the almost two seats of Levi-Abekasis, plus three seats that ostensibly came from the right-wing bloc, ended up with six seats for the merged party in the second election.

The leader of Labor-Gesher compared himself to the leader of an elite commando squad who was willing to endanger his political future in order to “commit suicide” on the rival army, the right-wing bloc. All the explanations that he was also endangering his entire camp fell on ears deafened by nerves........

© Haaretz