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Israel realignment
Stratfor Wrote:Israeli union leader Amir Peretz defeated elder statesman Shimon Peres on Thursday in a contest for leadership of the left-of-center Labor Party. Peretz bagged slightly more than 42 percent of the vote to just under 40 percent for Peres and 17 percent for former party chief Binyamin Ben-Eliezer. Peretz immediately declared plans to pull Labor out of the coalition government it forms with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud party.

I'm less interested in the Israeli internal politics than in a global phenomena we may be seeing: the left-wing parties in multiple countries started drifting from their traditional center-left positions.

In Israel, just like in Germany and likely France soon, the left seems to be moving left; activist parties are emerging (new Labor in Israel will be very activist). Even in the UK, Labor now has a numerous left-wing block with about 50 votes -- the block which managed to defeat Blair yesterday.

Activist left wing parties: trend or illusion?
Government is necessary because people left unchecked will do evil.

The government is composed of people left unchecked

Trend. Its a natural reaction to Bush, and America itself over the longer term. Politicians can become popular simply by opposing America. This doesn't explain the causes of this resentment, of course, but I'm tired...
Anonymous24 Wrote:Trend. Its a natural reaction to Bush,...

Not this for sure. In the Israeli case, Peretz won on a purely economical issues: more social/unionist programs. This is not connected to Bush in any way.

The trend I'm looking for is the collapse of the center; what we might be seeing in the left, will ricochet to the right and cause similar splits. For example, the Israeli vote hurts Sharon badly: he is now denied a Labor partner in the coalition. Given that his Likud support is very weak, he will be forced to look for a new coalition, and this may split Likud.

Center-right parties in Germany and France both have nice fault lines too....
Government is necessary because people left unchecked will do evil.

The government is composed of people left unchecked

It is a trend, allright. Away from the center to both far left and far right until they converge. And than we will pray for some new center to emerge. Meanwhile we are going to live in interesting times.
Reaction to Bush? That wins the award for asinine statement of the day.

Someone is obssessed with our mediocre Republican President I see.

People across the globe are drifting toward Marxist dialectics and Anon attributes that to Bush. I'd rather lay the blame at the feet of the people voting for Marxist oriented humans myself.

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