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Political and Historical Earthquake

Published: January 17th 2011
in News » Israel

Ehud Barak

An historical event


Israeli Minister of Defense and Chairman of the Labor Party, Mr. Ehud Barak, announced earlier this morning that he and another 4 Labor Party members are splitting from the party and are establishing a new party named "Azmaut" (Independence). 


The Labor Party was founded in the beginning of the 20th Century by David Ben-Gurion and other famous members of the pre-state Zionist organizations. It ruled Israel for decades and won 44 seats in the Knesset in the 1992 elections which led to the second Yitzhak Rabin government and the mutual recognition of Israel and the PLO. In the last elections the party won only 13 seats.


Sad fact or normal evolution


Israel has changed since it was established 62 years ago and so have opinions of its citizens. The Labor Party seemed less and less relevant and its ideology was no longer relevant to the political reality and also to the fact that the Israeli socialism has turned into a western capitalism.


Interior struggles, suspicions, lack of a strong and reliable leadership brought to a situation a Labor Party which has barely functioned. The current debts of the Labor party are in the tens of millions NIS.


Ehud Barak


Barak's decision to split the Labor Party was a surprise to many, and even close members and friends heard about it from the Media. Many of Barak's rivals and critics say that it’s ironic that the successor of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is the one who buried the party. Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer was less polite and said that Rabin must be "turning" in his grave.


The effects


The Labor Party is a part of PM Binyamin Netanyahu's coalition. The PM will have to stabilize his government and look for other partners to support his policy. This morning’s events will have a huge impact on the Israeli political system. We may see a right wing government, news surprising partnerships and we also may face elections sooner than we expected. As we all know, anything is possible in Israeli politics.

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