The Paradox of Israeli Politics: Vote Right, Get Left

Many supporters of Israel are continually bedeviled by a glaring contradiction within Israeli politics.  How can it be, regardless of which party wins the election, that leftist policies are invariably implemented? As a backgrounder, from 1977 to date (excluding an eight-year period), Likud won elections based upon a platform of a "Greater Israel."  That being the case, nevertheless, it was under Likud PM Menachem Begin whereby the entire Sinai was relinquished.  While there are too many substantive examples to enumerate, essentially proving that leftist policies continually supplant right-wing Likud electoral platforms, two stand out as "poster children" and therefore warrant special attention. Likud's Ariel Sharon was elected on February 6, 2001 by a landslide margin, defeating Labor's PM Ehud Barak 62.4% to 37.6%.  Sharon's win should have handed him a wide berth to govern from the right, regardless of outside pressures.  (It behooves mentioning that...(Read Full Article)

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