Please take Aluf Benn’s advice for your own good. (It still might not be enough.)

A merger would strengthen the camp that supports a division of the land and a peace deal with Syria, in contrast with the right wing, which opposes any compromise or withdrawal. As the largest parliamentary faction, the merged party would be the one to form the next government. Even if it needs right-wing parties in the coalition, it would still be a center-left government – and this is how Israel would be viewed by the rest of the world. A merger would keep the right wing from expanding the settlements, would save Israel from clashing with the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, and would do away with the racist ideas of Avigdor Lieberman. 

Well, it’s nice wishful thinking, at least. Kadima isn’t a left-wing party. It’s a center-right party that has enough differences with the right-wing Likud as to make them rivals to form a coalition. But if Kadima has (as of this writing) 29 seats and the Likud-rightist faction has 64 or 65, it means that Israel has ratified a stunning rightward shift. I don’t mean to say there’s no difference between Kadima and Likud, and still less to say there’s no difference between Kadima and Yisrael Beiteinu, since neither statement is true. But if you’re a right-winger in Israel, you have good reason to yell out Yes We Can.

Anyway, I’m not thinking straight right now. I’ll go back to reading The Gamble and maybe things will look different in the morning.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman