For those of you who follow internal Israeli politics, this week has had some interesting surprises.
Israel Beitenu announced its party list, and a prominent member, deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, was not on it.
Many members of the Kadima party have announced that they will be leaving politics. The party, which was put together by Arik Sharon in order to force through the disengagement from Gush Katif, is now almost dead. This is the way of spin-off parties in Israel. They are popular for the first term and then fall apart either in the second or third. The only non-sectoral parties that remain in the long term are the Likud and Labor.
Amir Peretz has announced that he is leaving the Labor party and joining Tzipi Livni in her idiotically named “The Party” party. He did this after the head of the Labor party Shelly Yechimovich refused to announce ahead of time that she would not join the Likud/Beitenu in the next government. This of course is just an excuse, as Peretz is angry that he has lost influence in the Labor party, and he thinks he can do better elsewhere. He certainly joined the right person….Tzipi Livni used to be a right wing Likud Knesset member and she abandoned the party with Arik Sharon before the disengagement to join Kadima. She recently left Kadima when she wasn’t chosen party head. The two deserve each other….
I am very curious to see how the left wing parties fare in the elections. There are so many of them that the votes will surely be split. Bibi Netanyahu will be able to pick and choose to his discretion to make up the next government.
Oh, and just to add some humor to the mix, there will be an Israeli Pirates party running in the next election. I wish I was kidding.