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The Silence of the Likud Lambs

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“Silence is mire,” said Revisionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thinks the great man was mistaken. As far as he’s concerned, silence is a necessary condition for the continuation of his rule.

Most of the leaders I have known didn’t like criticism. They didn’t like people to disagree with them, and often they cracked down on their critics. Shimon Peres was angry when he was criticized for the so-called “stinking maneuver,” a failed parliamentary attempt in 1990 to replace Yitzhak Shamir as prime minister. He claimed that had the maneuver succeeded it would have been called by different names. That’s possible. But when the move failed Peres was forced against his will to fight strong opposition from within the party.

When I was serving as Labor Party secretary general, most of the party members and I forced Rabin and Peres to give up the committee that determined the Knesset list and to promote an opening of the ranks. Neither one of them wanted to give up his control over the appointment of MKs, but they accepted the........

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